Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts: 19th and 20th Century European and American Art
The Museum of 19th and 20th Century European and American Art is set up on three floors and displays mostly paintings from Impressionists and Post-impressionists art movements. Including top works from the likes of Gaugin, Picasso, Monet and Matisse. The museum offers the largest exhibition of European art in Moscow. There was a nice mixture of different styles yet all beautifully crafted and absolutely stunning artwork. I was also taken by the structure itself and as it turned out it used to be the left wing of the Residence of the Princes Golitsyn in the 17th-19th centuries. It had been refurbished quite recently but it still kept that regal feel that seems to have been completely lost in Russia, due to the country’s history.
European Paintings: Early and Mid 19th Century
The first half of the 19th century was characterized by changing and developing artistic trends. This is reflected in the museum's collection. While classicism was still highly regarded, romanticism and realism were making an appearance. The great French Romantic Masters, Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863) and artist/lithographer Theodore Gericault (1791-1824) are represented in the collection, as well as European landscape painting reformers John Constable (1776-1837) and Jean Baptiste Camille Corot (1796-1875). There are also works by the Barbizon school as well as by realist artists such as Gustave Courbet (1819-77) and Jean-Francois Millet (1814-75), and the German Romantic landscape painter Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840).
• View of Highgate (c.1830) by John Constable.
• Hay Wagon (c.1860) by Corot.
• Andromache Lamenting Hector (1783) by Jacques Louis David (1748-1825).
Paintings: Late 19th Century and Early 20th Century
When the New Western Art museum was shut in 1948, its highly developed collection of French painting from the 19th/20th century was split between the Pushkin and the Hermitage museum. The Pushkin received paintings of rare artistic and historical value covering art movements such as Impressionism, Neo-Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Pointillism, Divisionism, Les Nabis and Primitivism. Artists in the collection include Claude Monet (1840-1926), Renoir (1841-1919), Degas (1834-1917), Camille Pissarro (1830-1903), Alfred Sisley (1839-99), Cezanne (1839-1906), Van Gogh (1853-90), Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940), Maurice Denis (1870-1943), Matisse (1869-1954) and Picasso (1881-1973). Among the highlights of the collection is Van Gogh's The Red Vineyard (1888, Le Vigne Rouge) which is reportedly the only painting sold by the artist in his lifetime.
• Boulevard de Capucines, Paris (1873) by Monet.
• Nude (1876) by Renoir.
• Pierrot and Harlequin (1888-90) by Cezanne.
• The Girl on a Ball (1905) by Picasso.
• Improvisation No.20 (1911) by Wassily Kandinsky.
Prints and Drawings
In 1924 the Graphic Arts department was added to the museum, founded with 20,000 prints which were donated from the Hermitage museum. Today, it contains about 400,000 drawings, illustrated books, engravings, posters, applied graphics and ex-libris prints from all over the world and all periods of art history. Among them are works from great masters including Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), Rembrandt, and creators of Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock prints like Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) and Hiroshige (1797-1858).
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