Go see – New York: Cezanne to Picasso: Paintings from the David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection, through August 31, 2009

August 13th, 2009

Picasso The Reservoir Horta de ebro
Pablo Picasso, The Reservoir, Horta De Ebro

David Rockefeller, who is the chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of MoMA has donated many works to the Museum and supported it financially over decades. David Rockefeller’s connection to MoMA has been established through his mother – Abby Rockefeller, one of the founders of the museum. Currently showing at MoMA are nine modern European paintings , promised to the museum from Peggy and David Rockefeller’s private collection. Works exhibited are by: Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Paul Signac, André Derain, Georges Braque, Raoul Dufy ad Paul Gauguin. The show runs through August 31 , 2009

Related Links:
Cézanne to Picasso: Paintings from the David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection [MoMA]
“Cézanne to Picasso: Paintings from David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection” Exhibition [NYAB]
Rockefeller Pledge to MoMA [Guardian] (2005 $100m gift)

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Boy in a Red Vest, Paul Cézanne Rockefeller MOMA
Paul Cézanne, Boy in a Red Vest. Via MoMA

“Cézanne to Picasso” is organized by: Ann Temkin, Marie-Josée, and Henry Kravis – the Chief Curator of the department of Painting and Sculpture. Small in number of works, the exhibit consists of exceptionally important pieces in the periods of Post-Impressionist, Fauvist and Cubist movements.  Although consistency of the collection was not the aim of Rockefeller couple, a theme emerges from the dialogue between the represented paintings and provides a small survey in art history.

André Derain Charing Cross Bridge Rockefeller MoMA
André Derain, Charing Cross Bridge. Via MoMA

Works exhibited at the “Cezanne to Picasso” show are a tribute to some of the most important steps in art history. When overwhelmed by photographic invention artistic expression surpassed representation as it was and rewrote it- Andre Derain painted London sky in a splash of colors, and Matisse depicted his daughter in as much color as he did the fruits in the bowl in front of her. Each work at the exhibit is a heritage of artistic practice.

Henri Matisse Interior with a Young Girl (girl reading) MoMA Rockefeller
Henri Matisse, Interior with a Young Girl (Girl Reading). Via MoMA

Paul Signac Opus 217 MOMA Rockefeller
Paul Signac, Portrait of Félix Fénéon in Front of an Enamel of a Rhythmic Background of Measures and Angels, Shades and Colors. Via MoMA