The Art of Expression…Van Gogh to Kandinsky at LACMA

The Art of Expression…Van Gogh to Kandinsky at LACMA

There is an incredible show at LACMA (The Los Angeles County Museum) currently: Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky which “sheds new light on the extraordinary response of artists in Germany and France to key developments in modern art in the early 20th century. For the first time in a major museum exhibition, Expressionism is presented as an international movement in which artists responded with various aesthetic approaches to the work of modern masters such as Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, and Paul Gauguin.

The exhibition features Post‑Impressionist, Fauvist, and Cubist paintings by more than 40 artists—including Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Robert Delaunay, and Paul Signac—that the Expressionists, such as Wassily Kandinsky, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gabrielle Münter, and Franz Marc, were able to see in landmark exhibitions and collections in Germany and on their travels to Paris.

Ninety paintings and 45 works on paper tell the story of the extraordinary cultural dialogue taking place amongst artists of the time. The exhibition features numerous loans from major museums in the United States, France, Germany, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, and various private collections.”  —LACMA

You can read more in “Unframed“,  the LACMA blog.  The show rums June 8, 2014–September 14, 2014.  Below I share and celebrate some of my favorite pieces, delights and inspirations from my experience of this remarkable exhibition.  Must have another go-round!

WEB1a The luminous painting of Paul Gauguin

WEB1bCloser view…does NOT do justice to the actual colors.

WEB1dThe rich painting,  texture and detail of  Jean-Édouard Vuillard.

WEB1c“Le corsage rayé”, 1895

WEB2a Van Gogh drawing. Genius.

WEB2The use of marks, just little dashes of ink…to create an emotive, expressive, and sensory world. A specific time and place. An unerring sense of dimension, proportion, perspective, and distance, the fundamentals.

WEB3cOne of my all-time favorites,

WEB3bPierre Bonnard, whose painting celebrates sensuality, form, light and color.

WEB3a“It’s not just the colors that radiate in a Bonnard”, writes new York Times art critic Roberta Smith, “there’s also the heat of mixed emotions, rubbed into smoothness, shrouded in chromatic veils and intensified by unexpected spatial conundrums and by elusive, uneasy figures.”

WEB4dJean-Édouard Vuillard‘s “A Walk in the Vineyard”

WEB4aThe longer one looks, the more one sees…

WEB4bAreas of the painting become lyrical abstract passages,

WEB4cradiating with  light, color, texture and pattern,

WEB4eany piece of which

WEB4fbecomes a perfect composition

WEB4gin itself. It is a wonder to behold.

Don’t miss this show!

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