Tour de France. French Landscape Painting
Ordrupgaard’s special exhibition Tour de France. French Landscape Painting is a journey to the regions and landscapes in France where avant-garde artists like Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley and Auguste Renoir settled to paint in the late 1800s.
The exhibition contains more than 60 works by Monet, Sisley, Pissarro, Corot, Guillaumin and Gauguin; all from Ordrupgaard’s collection of French art from the late 1800s from Impressionists to Post-Impressionists. Known works that are now presented in a new perspective. The occasion for the exhibition is the publishing of the museum’s research based catalogue, French Art at Ordrupgaard, of the museum’s collection of French art this spring.
En route en France
Tour de France. French Landscape Painting is a journey in time and space where art history is unfolded from the art of the salon through Impressionism to Post-Impressionism, while the paintings on the walls depict the nature and landscapes surrounding Barbizon, Arles and Pont-Aven. The historical photographs, postcards and travel guides on display show that the Impressionists’ longing for foreign places coincided with the public breakthrough of tourism at the emergence of the railway. A small booklet accompanies the exhibition telling you about the museum’s French art and the art of landscape painting.
Going out into Nature
Nature is the pervading theme in Tour de France. French Landscape Painting, for it was nature that fascinated the young painters in the mid-1800s. In their clash with the older generation they went out to search for truth in nature and to put an end to the much too pretty landscapes of salon art. The young artists did not care about the demand of the art academies for Greek gods and biblical patriarchs in proper pastoral settings.
The critic and provocateur Émile Zola praised the young artists for this “patricide”. Upon seeing their French landscapes he wrote, “The classic landscape is dead; killed by life and truth”. See the truth about life and art at Ordrupgaard with Monet, Sisley, Renoir and others.
Luxurious Catalogue of French Art
The occasion for the exhibition is the publishing of the museum’s research based catalogue, French Art at Ordrupgaard, of the museum’s complete collection of French art. The work French Art at Ordrupgaard can be bought in the museum foyer for DKK 649. Buy the catalogue for only DKK 599 for the duration of Tour de France. French Landscape Painting, April to September 2011.
08 April 2011 - 11 September 2011