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Monet to Matisse: Impressionist Masterpieces from The Bemberg Foundation

Monet to Matisse: Impressionist Masterpieces from The Bemberg Foundation 

The San Diego Museum of Art proudly presents Monet to Matisse: Impressionist Masterpieces from The Bemberg Foundation, as being one of two venues to hold this exhibition in the United States. The opening is scheduled for March 19, 2022, and it will be on display until August 7, 2022.

The Bemberg Foundation

was created by Argentine philanthropist Georges Bemberg, and it comprises numerous western artworks dating from the late Middle Ages right up to the 20th Century. Georges Bemberg (1915-2011) started collecting artwork ever since he was a Harvard University student, mainly focusing on the French Impressionists and artists alike. His renowned collection holds some of the most notable works from the aforementioned era, spanning from Monet to Matisse, as the title of the display suggests.

Impression, Sunrise – the very beginnings

It was in the third quarter of the 19th century, somewhere around the 1870s, when art radically changed its course, not having been focused on the realistic depiction of the world. The more Realist painters tried to portray the world as they saw it (as it is), the more they realized that reality does not lie so much in the simple, objective world of natural phenomena but rather in the eye of the beholder.

Paul Signac, The Bell Tower at Saint-Tropez, 1896. Oil on canvas. Bemberg Foundation.

The depiction of the  landscape changed and could not be static and perfectly still anymore. It was now an eternally changing panorama of light and shadow, clouds floating in the sky and reflections on the water. The same scene observed in the morning, at noon, and at dusk, represents three different realities. Moreover, with artists leaving the studios, and coming out to plain air, they realized that nature, even its darkest shadows, is not made of black and dark brown shades. The true colors of nature are contained on the whole spectrum – blue, yellow, green, and white, accented with shades of red and orange, and thus black is often completely omitted.

Impressionism offered a special view of the world, equally based on the observations of artists and scientific discoveries in the field of optics. However, Impressionism was much more than this. The topics and artists’ interests differed significantly from everything that the art world had offered until then (entertainment of modern society, landscapes, bourgeois leisure and pastime).

Edgar Degas, Woman at a Dressing Table, 1889. Pastel on paper. Bemberg Foundation.

Featured artists include: Camille Pissarro, Paul Signac, Edgar Degas, Alfred Sisley, just to name a few.

Where to View:

First Floor
Galleries 11 and 12
Barbara & Norton Walbridge Gallery
The San Diego Museum, Balboa Park

Please note: Due to the staff and logistics necessary for this special exhibition, there is an additional charge ($5) for nonmembers, ages 7+. Members receive free admission. Advanced tickets are not required.

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