The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin presents Turner to Monet: Masterpieces from The Walters Art Museum, showing now through January 2, 2011. This selection of 40 nineteenth-century paintings includes works from Impressionist artists Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas, as well as British and American masters J.M.W. Turner, Gilbert Stuart and Asher B. Durand, among others.
Selected by former Walters curator Eik Kahng for their art historical significance and fine quality, these paintings provide examples of the various artistic schools and movements of nineteenth-century painting in Western Europe and the United States. Highlights include J.A.D. Ingres’ neoclassical rendering of Oedipus and the Sphinx (1864) and Eugène Delacroix’s Christ on the Sea of Galilee (1854), as well as Monet’s Springtime (1872) and Manet’s fascinating Café-Concert (1879).
|"Oedipus and the Sphinx" 1864, Ingres.|
This is not an Impressionist exhibit, nor what the press would call a “blockbuster” exhibit, given the high profile names and of the artists and their masterpieces. Rather, this 40-piece collection from Baltimore’s Walters Art Museum offers an intimate glimpse at the trends of 19th century European and American painting, from neoclassicism and romanticism to landscape painting and finally to impressionism.
|"Cafe Concert", 1879, Manet.|
In any case, this is a rare opportunity for Austinites to get a very close look at some of the world’s finest examples of 19th century art. You won’t want to miss it!
The Blanton Museum of Art
The University of Texas at Austin
200 East Martin Luther King Austin, Texas 78701
Tel: (512) 471-7324