MAYOR NEWSOM – Celebrates American Debut of Impressionist Masterpieces

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Mayor Gavin Newsom today welcomed the United States debut of Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, on view at the de Young Museum May 22nd to September 6th, 2010.  The exhibition includes nearly 100 paintings from the Musée d’Orsay’s permanent collection and highlights the work of 37 artists including William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley and James McNeill Whistler.

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Arrangement in Gray and Black No. 1; Portrait of the Artist’s Mother. 1871.
James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834-1903). Oil on canvas, 56 3/4 x 64 inches.

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“San Francisco is proud to host this impressionist blockbuster from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris,” said Mayor Newsom. “The exhibit is sure to leave a lasting impression on all visitors.”

The Musée d’Orsay is lending its most beloved paintings while it undergoes a partial closure for refurbishment and reinstallation in anticipation of the museum’s 25th anniversary in 2011.  Birth of Impressionism will be followed in the fall of 2010 by Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post–Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay.  The de Young will be the only museum in the world to host both exhibitions.

“Each of these two shows brings together masterpieces that, once they return to the Musée d’Orsay, will never again be loaned out for exhibition as a group,” says Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic.  “I hope they will excite the interest of the American public in order to strengthen further the links between our two countries.”

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View of the Marseille Gulf from L’Estaque. 1878-1879.
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906). Oil on canvas. 23 x 28 inches.

“These two exhibitions present a rare and unique opportunity for Americans to see the evolution and incubation of the Impressionist style from the collection of the most important repository of French 19th- and early 20th-century art––the Musée d’Orsay,” says John E. Buchanan, director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.  “These exhibitions give us the chance to share with visitors some of the most seminal works of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art that they would only be able to see in Paris or in an art history book.”

“Does Impressionism still have something to teach us about its sources, its beginnings, its transformations, and its links with the period of its first flowering?” Musée d’Orsay curator Stephaney Glean asks.  “This is the challenge taken up by this exhibition which attempts to decompartmentalize the movement by comparing it with art in the 1870s in general.”

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Race Horses Before the Stands. 1866-1868.
Edgar Degas (1834-1917). Oil on canvas, 18 1/8 x 24 inches.

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Seán Martinfield
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Seán Martinfield, who also serves as Fine Arts Critic, is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.


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