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Tampa Museum of art announces ‘Renoir to Chagall’ and Rockwell exhibitions

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Published:   |   Updated: April 24, 2014 at 05:28 PM

The Tampa Museum of Art is going to take visitors from the Parisian ports and bucolic countrysides of 19th century France to the swimmin’ holes and sedans of 20th century Hometown, USA.

The museum announced today two major exhibitions coming to Tampa this year and in 2015 featuring masters of different styles and eras.

“Renoir to Chagall: Paris and the Allure of Color,” opening Oct. 11, will feature paintings by the greats of the impressionist movement that put Paris at the top of the art world in the late 1800s. The exhibition includes paintings by masters Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, August Renoir, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Cezanne, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall.

On March 7, 2015, the museum presents “American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell,” featuring oil paintings and illustrations tracing the history of Rockwell’s iconic work, which told stories of a heartwarming American ideal through some of the nation’s most turbulent eras.

“They’re both world class exhibitions,” Todd Smith, director of the Tampa Museum of Art said. “If you think about the history of art from the late 19th century, it’s really all about Paris up to World War II, and New York after World War II. Well our first exhibition deals with Paris and the second is truly all about America. One was very radical, and the other, for many, is very traditional and nostalgic,”

“Paris and the Allure of Color” will bring 49 paintings from the Dixon Gallery in Memphis, Tenn. to Tampa, representative of the Paris-based impressionist movement known for visible brush strokes, the vibrant use of light and for capturing candid scenes of modern life in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Monet, Degas and Pissarro were among the founding members of the Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, Printmakers, which broke from tradition to exhibit works independent of the 1874 Paris Salon — a revolutionary move at the time — and became known as The Impressionists. Their break from the extreme realism favored at the time changed the course of art for a century that followed.

“You can follow a pattern through impressionism to post impression and to cubism, which tried to do away with even more reality. Those movements radically altered the way artists, and museum goers, started to see the world.”

The Rockwell exhibit will feature close to 400 works from the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., spanning his work up to the 1970s. Those include oil paintings, as well as 320 tear sheets from the hundreds of magazine covers Rockwell created over more than 40 years of work for the Saturday Evening Post and other publications. The covers will be displayed in a single room.

The exhibit will also include some of the photographs Rockwell used to capture expressions for his paintings, displayed side-by-side with the finished product to show the artist’s process.

“Just to have this much access to his creation, this large of a collection is unparalleled,” Smith said. “It has been traveling and it’s wildly popular in every single market where it has been. You really see how he was affected by the events around him over a 50-year period.”

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