Mme Lili Grenier
Crystal Bridges is currently exhibiting The William S. Paley Collection, an exhibition of 60 impressionistic paintings, drawings, and sculpture owned by the founder of CBS, William Paley. Paley later donated the collection to the Museum of Modern Art, which organized the exhibition with funding from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Crystal Bridges is the last stop on The Collection's tour before it returns to MoMa on July 7th.
Works exhibited are by Paul Gauguin, André Derain, Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne, and Edgar Degas; most of the art was created between 1880 and 1940, at the height of French Modernism. Pablo Picasso's Boy Leading a Horse is perhaps the most familiar painting in the collection and one that usually makes the "Greatest Hits List" for fans of impressionistic art. Boy is representative of Picasso's "Rose Period" and was painted in 1906.
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, among the most popular of the artists exhibited, is represented with two stunning paintings, Mme Lili Grenier and M. de Lauradour. Lautrec was fascinated by red hair and Mme. Grenier and M. de Lauradour possessed it in abundance; for a time, Lautrec was in love with Mme Grenier, a state of feeling demonstrably captured by the picture. Both of these pictures depict the character and soul of the impressionism movement as a whole: the momentary and transient effects of sunlight, and the intense color of human and found subjects, simply vibrate on each canvas. It is a marvelous exhibition.
The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism runs from now until July 7th, 2014. Admission is $8 for adults, free for Crystal Bridges members and for youth ages 18 and under.