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Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: The Annenberg Collection

May 21–September 17, 1989

This extraordinary collection of paintings by the leading artists of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism--Manet, Monet, Renoir, Morisot, Degas, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin, Cézanne, Vuillard--will have its first public showing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Assembled by Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Annenberg over several decades, the collection is one of the finest of its kind still in private hands. Included are a rare early figural painting by Monet entitled Camille Monet on a Garden Bench, Cézanne's most panoramic view of Mont Sainte-Victoire, the finest version of Van Gogh's celebrated Woman Rocking a Cradle, and Vuillard's The Album, possibly that artist's greatest painting. The exhibition provides a comprehensive survey of this revolutionary period in painting which forever changed the way in which we look at art and the world around us. Also shown will be over 120 images from two Cézanne sketchbooks given to the Museum by the Annenbergs in 1987. The drawings encompass the full range of Cézanne's subjects, from landscape and still life to studies after sculpture in the Louvre, and reveal the artist's creative impulse in its freshest, most immediate form.


Philadelphia Museum of Art
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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