Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Treasures of the Musee d'Orsay at The National Museum

One of the most important exhibitions to come to Singapore is the set of travelling artworks from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. The museum specialises in 19th century and early 20th century artworks, notably the French Impressionists. Included in the set at The National Museum are several works by Monet, Manet, Renoir, Pisarro, Gauguin, Cezanne and Van Gogh. Held in conjunction with the exhibition are four pairs of recitals, by pianists Melvyn Tan (5 & 6 January), Dennis Lee & Toh Chee Hung (12 & 13 January), Albert Tiu (19 & 20 January) and the T'ang Quartet (26 & 27 January), all commencing at 8pm.

What are they photographing?

The Birth of Venus by Alexandre Carbanel.

Venus in Paphos by Ingres. Note the way how the artist distorts the back of the model to accentuate her sensual curves.

A view of the gallery and its visitors. Admission charge is only $11, and complimentary for NTUC cardholders.

Henri Rousseau's War.

Box at Theatre des Italiens by the woman painter Eva Gonzalez. Note the bored and vacant expression on the woman's face at this social event.

Renoir's Young Boy and his Cat.

One of Paul Cezanne's several versions of The Card Players.

Toulouse-Lautrec's portrait of The Female Clown Cha-U-Kao.

A Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh. Its not the same one we are accustomed to seeing in most books, but its still a compelling Van Gogh landscape.

Eugene Laermanns's The End of Autumn, an allegory of old age and infirmity.

Young Girl and Death by Marianne Stokes.

Claude Monet's chilling portrait of his first wife Camille on her deathbed.

On the way out, one can just sit down and enjoy some of the books on art that are available on display.

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