Philadelphia

Paul Cézanne, The Large Bathers,1900-1906,  oil on canvas, 82 7/8 x 98 3/4"

Paul Cézanne, The Large Bathers,1900-1906, oil on canvas, 82 7/8 x 98 3/4"

Philadelphia

“Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse: Visions Of Arcadia”

Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
June 20–September 3, 2012

Curated by Joseph J. Rishel

The largest paintings Paul Gauguin and Paul Cézanne ever made—Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?, 1897–98, and The Large Bathers, 1906, respectively—will be shown side by side in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Visions of Arcadia.” If this were not reason enough to visit the show, then the presence of Henri Matisse’s equally monumental Bathers by a River, 1909–17, should make the excursion a mandatory one. These three giant works by three giants of modern art will be joined by thirty-seven other pieces (mostly paintings) made during the mid-nineteenth through early twentieth centuries by Robert Delaunay, André Derain, Natalia Goncharova, Henri Rousseau, and others, all of which, in various ways, revisit Arcadia only to find that the once revered classical nude has become a sorry figure—if not an outright victim—of modern alienation.