City Life/Country Life: Light and Shadow in the Age of Renoir

City Life/Country Life: Light and Shadow in the Age of Renoir

4F Boston Gallery 5F Open Gallery
March 19th(Sat),2016 to August 21st(Sun), 2016

Jules Pascin《La Mélancolique》1909 Gift of Robert and Cheryl Fishko 2002.156 Photograph ©2016 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
In Europe in the time of Renoir, the late 19th and early 20th century, a period in which modernization brought about by the Industrial Revolution advanced, the lives of the people changed dramatically. Gaslit streets, glamorous theaters - towns transformed into cities and places of inspiration. But the sudden growth in population saw a deterioration in living conditions and the gap between the wealthy and the poor grew. As people came to find the city stifling, they sought the relaxation of sea bathing and picnics in the country where nature and the simple life remained. This exhibition looks at life in modern Europe through 89 works, consisting of oil paintings, prints and photographs, primarily from the collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. See the landscapes to which artists were drawn, and the light and shadow of the people who lived there; and the appeal of the city and the country as depicted by such artists as Renoir, Monet, Millet, Degas and van Gogh.

(English translation: Nagoya Calendar, March 2016; published by Nagoya International Center)
(英語訳 出所:(公財)名古屋国際センター『ナゴヤカレンダー 2016.03月号』)

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