Trees in French Landscape Paintings, 1850 to 1920 – From Corot to Monet, Pissarro and Matisse
[Image: Maurice Denis "Petites Bretonnes à la mare" (1892) Collection privée]
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With a focus on Impressionist paintings, this exhibition explores the evolution of French modern landscape paintings, using trees as the motif. This exhibition traces the roles trees have played in the history of French landscape paintings, beginning with the Romantic and Barbizon schools, followed by Impressionism and up until Fauvism. Painters depicted trees as the independent subject of their paintings, carefully showing the light filtered through and the shadows cast by the trees, construing their colors and shapes as elements of their paintings. Through a display of nearly 110 works from mainly French museums, as well as museums and private collections from Japan and around the world, this exhibition evokes the painters’ strong fascination with trees and examines how their depictions of trees changed over time.