French Floral Still-Life Paintings debut at the DMA October 2014


Major Exhibition of 19th-Century French Floral Still-Life Paintings Debuts At Dallas Museum of Art in October 2014


Exhibition Explores Evolution of Genre with Works by Van Gogh, Delacroix, Fantin-Latour, Manet, Cézanne, Courbet, and Many Others

Dallas, TX—June 10, 2014—This October, the Dallas Museum of Art will present the first major U.S. exhibition to explore French floral still-life painting in the 19th century. Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse traces the development of the floral still life from the late 18th century through the early 20th century, emphasizing the tremendous depth and scope of creative engagement with the genre throughout this era. The exhibition will feature more than 60 paintings by more than 30 artists, including renowned figures such as Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Eugène Delacroix, Vincent van Gogh and Edouard Manet, along with less familiar contemporaries such as Simon Saint-Jean and Henri Fantin-Latour. On view from October 26, 2014, through February 8, 2015, Bouquets positions floral paintings within a broader art historical and cultural narrative and reveals how the traditional genre was reinvented through artistic experimentation in the 19th century.


Co-organized by the DMA and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse will provide a thorough reassessment of the genre, which has previously been underexplored and appreciated for its decorative qualities alone. The show will feature masterpieces from a variety of public and private collections, including six works from the DMA’s permanent collection—among them a painting by Gustave Caillebotte acquired in 2010 and which will be appearing in its first public exhibition since the artist’s death in 1894. The diverse range of featured paintings highlights the commitment of artists to the floral still life—many of whom are not readily associated with the genre—and underscores the active exchange of ideas, styles, and modes among artists throughout this time.


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