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Impressionism in Sculpture
Extended until 10/25/2020


The Städel Museum presents the first major exhibition ever to explore the question of how the attributes of Impressionist painting – such as light, colour, movement and even ephemerality – found expression in sculpture.

Impressionism is just as fascinating a century and a half after its creation. Above all, painting with its loose, sketchy style, the light colour palette and everyday motifs is familiar to the whole world. Less explored to this day and unknown to a broad public, however, is the diversity of Impressionism in sculpture. The presentation will focus on five artists: Edgar Degas (1834-1917), Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), Medardo Rosso (1858-1928), Paolo Troubetzkoy (1866-1938) and Rembrandt Bugatti (1884-1916). Their works are representative of the divergent varieties of Impressionist sculpture.
The show presents exceptional sculptures by the five artists together and places them in dialogue with paintings, pastels, drawings, prints and photographs of Impressionism. Works by artists such as Pierre Bonnard, Antoine Bourdelle, Mary Cassatt, Camille Claudel, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Giovanni Segantini and John Singer Sargent are on display. With more than 160 works, the exhibition provides a comprehensive insight into the perspectives and challenges of Impressionism in sculpture. In addition to important international loans from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, the Tate Modern in London, the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, the Metropolitan Museum of Distinction in New York, the Musée d'Orsay in Paris and numerous confidential collections, the exhibition also shows the rich collection of Impressionist art at the Städel Museum.

Source: (website Städel)

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