'Mary Cassatt Retrospective'

Jun 28, 2016

'Mary Cassatt Retrospective'

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Until Sept.11 It has been more than 35 years since a large-scale show of impressionist artist Mary Cassatt’s work has been shown in Japan, making this retrospective of 80 works a must-see for fans. The exhibition includes oil paintings, pastels, prints and drawings, which, ...

Renoir's true colors could rescue him from the haters

Jun 14, 2016

Renoir's true colors could rescue him from the haters

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It’s been a few years since the last big Pierre-Auguste Renoir exhibition in town. The last one, if I remember correctly, was “Renoir: Tradition & Innovation” at the National Art Center Tokyo (NACT). That brought over the French impressionist’s “Dance at Bougival” (1883), an ...

First impressions of the late impressionists

Oct 6, 2015

First impressions of the late impressionists

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Any great story tends to focus on a limited number of characters, with everybody else either reduced to anonymity or the status of extras. In literary fiction or movies this is never a problem, but when the narrative is a historical one, it can ...

'The Last Impressionists: Time of Intimacy'

Sep 1, 2015

'The Last Impressionists: Time of Intimacy'

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Sept. 5-Nov. 8 As its title suggests, this exhibition features artists from the tail-end of the impressionist movement, including Eugene Carriere (1849-1906), Edmond-Francois Aman-Jean (1858-1936), Henri Le Sidaner (1862-1939) and Emile Claus (1849-1924) — artists whose careers were spent in Paris during the early ...

'Cezanne'

Apr 7, 2015

'Cezanne'

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April 4-Sept. 27 Both Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse once described Paul Cezanne as “the father of all of us,” with Matisse even going as far as calling him “a sort of God of painting.” Around 20 works by Cezanne featured in this exhibition, ...

Taking a pictorial trip to Normandy

Sep 18, 2014

Taking a pictorial trip to Normandy

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“Normandie — L’Estuaire de la Seine: L’Invention d’Un Paysage” (“Normandy — The Seine Estuary: The invention of a Landscape” is an exhibition at the Sompo Japan Museum of Art that recently changed its name to Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art. Just as the ...

Such sweet strokes of the Impressionists

Mar 7, 2013

Such sweet strokes of the Impressionists

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A horde of Renoirs and other works from the high-water mark of Impressionism have descended on Tokyo — rampaging in their quiet, colorful way through the labyrinthine exhibition spaces of Tokyo’s Mitsubishi Ichigokan. “Great French Paintings from the Clark” mainly presents a riot of ...