Mining Influences: Masterpieces from Paris | Post Impressionism from the Musée d’Orsay

I have just left the National Gallery of Australia and what better way to kill time waiting for the flight home than to share some highlights from my visit to Masterpieces from Paris (Post Impressionism from the Musée d’Orsay).

I’m hardly the art critic and this is no review as such, merely a sampling of my ten favourite works from the 112 on show. It was great to see the queue stretch back about a hundred metres; anxious waiting aside, it was a heartening reminder that people continue to seek out and quench their inherent desire for art experience.

By the time I had entered the fourth gallery space (there were six of them filled with paintings), the sense of awe in the room was palpable. I understand people naturally gravitate to artists with celebrity status. Now without understating the impact of Van Gogh, Gauguin or Cézanne on modern art, however, I want to share here the works by slightly lesser-known artists which I found the most striking – the ones that compelled me to take that third and fourth look and seemed to go straight for the central nervous system.

In no particular order ….

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Vilhelm HAMMERSHØI Rest 1905

REDON Eyes Closed 1890

REDON Eyes Closed 1890

BONNARD The White Cat 1894

BONNARD The White Cat 1894

Toulouse LAUTREC Lady Clown Cha-U-Kao 1895

Toulouse LAUTREC Lady Clown Cha-U-Kao 1895

BONNARD The Man and the Woman 1900

BONNARD The Man and the Woman 1900

BONNARD Woman dozing on a bed 1899

BONNARD Woman dozing on a bed 1899

DENIS, Landscape with green trees 1893

DENIS, Landscape with green trees 1893

SEURAT, Model from the back 1887

SEURAT, Model from the back 1887

VUILLARD, Profile of woman in green hat 1891

VUILLARD, Profile of woman in green hat 1891

KHNOPFF, Marie Monnom 1887

KHNOPFF, Marie Monnom 1887

There were other great works of course, so reducing it to my favourite ten wasn’t easy. With so many works to study, four and a half hours passed very quickly. I left feeling more than a little stunned and beguiled by the achievements of artists from this era in modern art, and their enduring influence on the artists which came after them.

And from the looks on other faces, I wasn’t the only one.

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Click HERE to see all the works included in this show.

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10 thoughts on “Mining Influences: Masterpieces from Paris | Post Impressionism from the Musée d’Orsay

  1. I agree Cathy, I had seen few Bonnard paintings in the flesh before and they really did convey much about the painting experience and vision behind them. His paintings are powerfully evocative, for me they really did make the show.

  2. That Seurat piece is amazing. I’d never seen it before. I bet it’s incredible in person.

    Thanks for taking the time to share your trip.

  3. Yes it was amazing Scott, thanks for popping by. In person I was surprised to find this is a small work (24.5 x 15.5 cm) but it exuded so much presence. Seurat’s light and colour draws your eye inward and around the figure, so you get a powerful feeling of the air and space around it. No, this was not just ANY back. It was stunning.

  4. Like the first painting you showed from Wilhelm Hammer very much, because it causes me to wonder in which state of mind she (the subject) is.
    In the Netherlands I grew up with art, and I didn’t realize how privileged I was to see the greatest painters on a regular basis. I’m a newbie here at WordPress, so I literally have posted one painting in my very eclectic style.

  5. Yes this provoked a similar response from me when I saw it – wondering, always curious about the condition and thoughts of the subject. Thanks for dropping by and all the best with your blogging..

  6. No hope of getting over (from Perth) to see this show (sniff…) but was lucky enough to get to Melbourne at New Year. Spent more than a few hours at the NGV keeping company with Bonnard et al there. Came away feeling privileged, inspired and tempted to throw away my brush in favour of tiddlywinks.

    a

  7. Beautiful cat :O!! I’ve never seen something like that! It’s amazing!! :) I’m sooo inspired right now! BEAUTIFUL!

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