Still Lifes by Monet, Cézanne, Pissarro and Friends to Be on View at the Cincinnati Art Museum for Limited Time

The single-gallery special exhibition features work by by five members of the 1860s Impressionist avant-garde.

click to enlarge Claude Monet (1840–1926), France, Still Life with Bottle, Carafe, Bread, and Wine, circa 1863–63, oil on canvas - PHOTO: NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, WASHINGTON, D.C.; COLLECTION OF MR. AND MRS. PAUL MELLON, 2014.18.32
Photo: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 2014.18.32
Claude Monet (1840–1926), France, Still Life with Bottle, Carafe, Bread, and Wine, circa 1863–63, oil on canvas
Cincinnati art lovers will soon have the chance to see five works by five different French Impressionist masters.

The Cincinnati Art Museum is unveiling a new single-gallery special exhibition, organized in partnership with the Toledo Museum of Art, called One Each: Still Lifes by Cézanne, Pissarro and Friends. It will be on view from March 11 to May 8.

Drawing inspiration from the CAM's "Still Life with Bread and Eggs" by Paul Cézanne and the Toledo Museum of Art's "Still Life" by Camille Pissarro, the exhibit will feature five simple yet masterful works of art from 1860s Impressionists that depict food and tableware.

An Édouard Manet from the Art Institute of Chicago and a Frédéric Bazille from the Detroit Institute of Arts will also be on view, as will a rare early still life by Claude Monet from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

“The paintings in this exhibition, one each by five members of the Impressionist avant-garde, display their artists’ mastery of technique and upending of artistic convention at a precise moment in the mid-1860s," says Dr. Peter Jonathan Bell, the CAM's Curator of European Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings, in a release. "These innovations would have long-reaching effects on the conception and practice of art, making the paintings textbook examples and their makers household names."

While the composition is traditional — everyday objects like bread, fish, bottles and wine glasses are laid out in the frame —  the artists' intentions are much deeper.

"These extraordinary works reflect their artists' obsession with the instantaneous quality of observing the world around us — light, movement — and translating that into paint on canvas," Bell says.

The CAM also encourages viewers to gain context by examining two other works in the permanent collection. Guests can see a painting by 17th-century Dutchman Pieter Claesz, who was know for his still life painting, as well as a Cubist work from the 20th-century's Georges Braque, displaying Impressionism's long-lasting influence.

Admission toOne Each: Still Lifes by Cézanne, Pissarro and Friends is free. The exhibition will be located inside the Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell Gallery.

The Cincinnati Art Museum is located at 953 Eden Park Drive, Mt. Adams. The museum is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday. Find more information at cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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