AT THE DE YOUNG – Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond

Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay
In San Francisco September 25th to January 18, 2011

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Following on the heels of the remarkable summer exhibition Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay at the de Young is Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay, on view from September 25, 2010, to January 18, 2011. The exhibition includes over 100 paintings from the Musée d’Orsay’s permanent collection of Post-Impressionist works and highlights the work of preeminent artists including Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent van Gogh, and Edouard Vuillard, among others. The Musée d’Orsay is lending works from their treasured collections while it undergoes a partial closure for refurbishment and reinstallation in anticipation of the museum’s 25th anniversary in 2011. The de Young is the only museum in North America to host this exhibition and the only museum in the world to host both of the Musée d’Orsay’s masterpiece exhibitions. This particular combination of paintings will never travel again.
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Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond

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Tahitian Women, On the Beach. (Paul Gauguin (1891).

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Young Girls at the Piano, 1892. Pierre-Auguste Renoir

“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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Detail, A Dance in the Country. Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1883)

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Starry Night over the Rhone. Vincent van Gogh (1888)

“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. “Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond explores the groundbreaking artistic developments that sprang forth in the wake of the ‘New Painting.’ It is an unparalleled visual experience, one made possible only when the most important repository of French art opens its vaults.”

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Self Portrait. Vincent van Gogh (1887)

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Portrait of the Artist with the Yellow Christ. Paul Gauguin (1889)

Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond presents over 100 of the Musée d’Orsay’s most famous late 19th-century paintings, including late Impressionist work by Monet and Renoir, followed by the more individualistic styles of the early modern masters including Cézanne, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Van Gogh, and room-sized decorative panels by the pioneering Nabis painters, Bonnard and Vuillard. The exhibition also provides a unique look at the Orsay’s spectacular collection of Pointillist painters, including work by Seurat and Signac.

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Study for A Sunday Afternoon on La Grande Jatte.
Georges Seurat (1884-1886)

Each of the Orsay exhibitions will be accompanied by a catalogue, available at the Museum Stores in softcover ($34.95), hardcover ($55), and in a boxed set featuring hardcovers of both publications with slipcase ($100). An audio tour will be available in the exhibition.

Concurrent Exhibition at the Legion of Honor
Japanesque: The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism , on view at the Legion of Honor from October 16, 2010, to January 9, 2011, traces the development of the Japanese print over two centuries (1700–1900) and reveals its profound influence on Western art during the era of Impressionism. Culled primarily from the permanent holdings of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the exhibition includes a selection of nearly 250 prints by French and American artists of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist era who were influenced by the Japanese print.

Tickets to Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, and Beyond at the de Young are good for same-day admission to Japanesque at the Legion of Honor.

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Detail, The White Cat. Pierre Bonnard (1894)

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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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