‘Monet to Matisse,’ Collection of Masters, Comes to California for First Time at San Diego Museum of Art

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Workers will install one of the exhibits at the San Diego Museum, Alfred Sisley’s “The Loing Canal,” one of the notable works of 1884. Oil on canvas.Photo courtesy of: San Diego Museum, via Facebook

Art lovers are trying to get a treat like never before in California.

San Diego Museum Open the exhibition, From Monet to Mathis: Bemberg Foundation Impressionist Masterpiece, At noon on Saturday, we will feature more than 60 works from some of the most important names in European painting.

This is the first time the Foundation’s Impressionist collection, which rarely leaves a permanent home in France, has traveled to California and is one of two showcases to date in the United States.

Organized by the Toulouse-based Bemberg Foundation, this exhibition includes works from the 1870s and 1930s.

With the exception of Monet and Mathis, the show contains some of the most star names in art history – painters Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas and more.

“We are honored to work with the Bemberg Foundation again to become one of the few institutions in the world to showcase these wonderful works,” said Roxana Velasquez, Executive Director and CEO of the museum. “This is a special opportunity to see the Impressionist masters who have completely defined the movement.”

General admission to Balboa Park attractions is $ 20, but there is an additional $ 5 for the Bemberg exhibit that lasts until August 7.

Monet to Matisse This collection features two exclusive works not available in Houston, the only other city in the United States. The highlights are:

  • Claude Monet Boats on the beach in Étretat1883;
  • Camille Pissarro Portrait of the artist’s son Felix, dressed in a skirt, 1883;
  • Edgar Degas’ Woman in the dressing table, 1889, and
  • Paul Cézanne Mountain scenery near Aix, 1890-1895.

The exhibition is co-curated by Philip Cross, a former director of the Bemberg Foundation, and Dr. Michael Brown, a European art curator at the San Diego Museum of Art.

Georges Bemberg (1915–2011) is an Argentine-born French writer and musician who has collected a collection of late medieval Western art.

He had a lucky start as a young Harvard student when he purchased the first painting by Camille Pissarro on his visit to New York.

From these beginnings, Bemberg continued to gather key contributors to the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements, from Monet and Cezanne to later giants such as Henri Matisse and Pierre Bonnard.

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