There is still something to tell, something secret, about the Impressionists, those visionaries in Paris who, in the second half of the nineteenth century, when the Accademia of Pompier was still raging, began to paint with strong, dense brushstrokes, full of colour, dictated by an inner vision filtered through open spaces rather than by historical subjects and uplifting and official tales.
Experience the elites of Impressionism – Monet, Renoir, Cézanne, Pissarro, Sisley, Caillebotte, Morisot, Gonzales, Gauguin, Signac, Van Rysselberghe and Cross – through works of art still unknown, hidden away in private collections, can be found on display in the exhibition Secret Impressionists, from 6th October 2019 at Palazzo Bonaparte in Rome. The exhibition is set up in the halls of the noble floor of the building, which was the home to Maria Letizia Ramolino, mother of Napoleon Bonaparte.
The curation of the exhibition is entrusted to two internationally renowned experts: Claire Durand-Ruel, descendant of Paul Durand-Ruel, who redefined the role of art dealer and first supporter of the Impressionists; and Marianne Mathieu, scientific director of the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris, home of the richest collections in the world by Claude Monet and Berthe Morisot, former curator of the exhibition at the Vittoriano about Monet which was seen by 460 thousand visitors. The exhibition is sponsored by the Embassy of France in Italy and the Lazio Region and is produced and organized by the Arthemisia Group.
The world of art is still incredibly hard and difficult for female artists today: you can only imagine how exclusive it was in the nineteenth century. Yet the strength and originality of Berthe Morisot is clear, Devant la psyche (1890), a work not too “secret”, indeed one that is very well known, now part of the extraordinary Swiss collection of the Fondation Pierre Gianadda of Martigny, is one of the many paintings depicting women in compromising situations that the French painter made during the his career. The “psyche” – a large mirror on two axes that can be tilted at will – is an iconic piece of furniture from the late nineteenth century, so much so that Zola also writes about it in his novel Nanà. The furnishing of the room rendered with the typical brushstrokes of the artist – with a very recognizable style – is that of the Morisot apartment itself, in rue Weber.
From 6th October 2019 to 8th March 2020, Palazzo Bonaparte, piazza Venezia 5, Rome.
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