Toledo Museum of Art to Feature French Painters in Focused Exhibition

Eye On Art  |  09/05/2019 9:00 am

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) and the Cincinnati Art Museum are collaborating on an intimate exhibition that highlights a group of richly evocative French still lifes from a single decade, the 1860s.

ONE EACH: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet & Friends will appear in TMA’s Gallery 18 from Jan. 18 to April 12, 2020, and subsequently travel to Cincinnati, where it will be on display from May 15 to Aug. 9, 2020. The exhibition is curated by TMA’s Lawrence W. Nichols, the William Hutton Senior Curator, European & American Painting and Sculpture before 1900, and Peter Jonathan Bell, Cincinnati’s Associate Curator of European Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings.

“With its solemnity as well as its spontaneity, Camille Pissarro’s Still Life of 1867 is one of the most rewarding and mesmerizing compositions in the collection of the Toledo Museum of Art,” Nichols said. “This exhibition will place this masterpiece within the context of the important developments in French still life paintings in this vital decade.”

Also included are sterling examples from the hand of Édouard Manet, regarded as the ‘father of modern painting’, and Paul Cézanne, considered to have been the driving precursor of Cubism, the early 20th century’s major art movement. In addition, superb paintings by Claude Monet, Henri Fantin-Latour and Gustave Courbet will be on view.

“Just as these French painters have inspired countless other artists, this exhibition will nurture and provoke the artistic spirit in our community,” Nichols said. “The artists’ presentation of the tangible, experiential world will resonate with visitors.”

ONE EACH: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet & Friends is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council with additional support from 2020 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.