Special Exhibitions

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Encounters with Impressionism: From the Hiroshima Museum of Art Collection

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Exhibition period October 22 - December 25, 2022

Ever since its opening in 1972, as a pioneer of public art museums in Japan, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts has endeavored to collect, survey, and research works with a focus on art related to the prefecture. It has been looking not only at art in Japan but all over the world. In particular, European paintings by British artists such as Joseph Mallord William Turner and John Constable and French artists such as Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and Claude Monet have played an important role as the prop of its collection.

In this exhibition, the development of modern French art over a period of one hundred years is surveyed with a focus on Impressionism. Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Paul Gauguin, and Paul Cézanne, which emerged in the latter half of the nineteenth century, have nowadays become masterworks appreciated by people all over the world. Yet, they deviated considerably from the traditions at the Academie, which reigned at the center of the art world in those days. The Impressionist artists, who emerged under such circumstances, had a huge impact on the people of the time. The artists rushed from their studio out into the open air, and employing a new method of “divided brushstrokes” placed without mixing the paints into compound colors, they tried to capture the momentary flicker of commonplace things. Impressionism was to have a considerable impact not only on the West but on the Japanese Western-style painting circles, too.

Impressionism enchanted many people and proved a turning point in the development of modern art. We hope that this exhibition will prove a “genuine encounter” with Impressionism for you, too.

Hours : 9:30 - 17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Closed : on Mondays
Admission fee : Adults: 1200 (1000) yen
University & high school students: 600 (500) yen
Children under 15 (except high school students): Free
*You are admitted to the collection galleries with your special exhibition ticket.
* ( ) indicate group prices (20 people or more)
Morning on the Seine Judgement of Paris
Claude MONET
Morning on the Seine
1897
Pierre-Auguste RENOIR
Judgement of Paris
1913-14
The Bent Tree Gouverlo
Paul CÉZANNE
The Bent Tree
1888-90
Paul SIGNAC
Gouverlo, Portrieux
1888
Young Girl in Green at Red Interior European Woman in White Dress
Henri MATISSE
Young Girl in Green at Red Interior
1947
KURODA Seiki
European Woman in White Dress
1892

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