four museums in a day: impressionists

I knew I had a lot to do today. Apart from all the Viennese stuff, I had spotted an ad for an exhibition at a Hofburg gallery called the Albertina: Monet Picasso. I had taken it that this would be a smackdown between the two heavyweights of early 20th century art, but (with just three Monets, ten Picassos) it was much more than that. Apart from pictures by Renoir, Cezanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Munch and Modigliani, there was this by Sisley, from 1885:

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I always forget, with the Impressionists, how early they were doing this stuff. Even – decades even – before World War I came along, they were already deconstructing the basic elements of vision into blocks of colour, like this Matisse, in 1905:

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Then came Picasso, getting there (Pots and Lemons) in 1907:

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while by 1911 (Glass and Apple) he had blown the whole still life thing apart (spot the glass and apple…)

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Beyond that, there were so many amazing paintings in there that I could spend all day, so I’ll just show you a few here in whatever form I can find them (some of poor quality, I’m afraid), in chronological order of when they were painted. That excludes some I would love to have included by Braque, Chagall, Giacometti and Max Ernst, among others, but there we go…

So first, and the only other one from before World War I (1912 in fact) this painting of the Italian port city of Genoa by Alexandra Exter, a Russian whom I had never heard of before:

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Also by Alexandra Exter, from 1916-18, Dynamic Colours (Blue, White, Red)

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Then a Monet Water Lily Pond, from 1917-19:

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And his House Among The Roses, from 1925:

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Paul Klee, Steamboat in the Harbour (1925):

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Kandinsky: Inner Alliance (1929):

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Emil Nolde: Garden With Autumn Flowers (1934):

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Joan Miro: Metamorphosis (1936):

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Klee again: Most Respectfully Yours (1937):

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Picasso again: Still Life With Guitar (1942):

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And finally, Miro again, from 1949: Woman in Front of the Sun:

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So that was it. Or rather it wasn’t it – that’s just all I can show you. And I hadn’t even started on the painters from Vienna yet…

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