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Albuquerque Museum of Art & History’s New Exhibit Features Impressionist Masterpieces

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Masterpieces from some of Europe's most celebrated Impressionist painters are now on display at New Mexico's Albuquerque Museum of Art & History.

The exhibition, entitled "Turner to Cezanne," features a total of 53 stunning works, many by artists who defined the revolutionary style developed in the mid-1800s. On display through Aug. 8, 2010, the exhibit features paintings of such famed Impressionists as Renoir, Manet, Cezanne, van Gogh, Pissarro and Monet.

"We are honored to be selected as one of five cities in the United States to host this important and unprecedented exhibition, giving visitors from around the Southwest the chance to see incredibly beautiful works of art by some of the world's greatest Impressionists and Post-Impressionist artists for the first time in this country," said Albuquerque Museum's director Cathy Wright.

The collection is from the National Museum Wales, known for having one of the finest Impressionist art collections in Europe. Assembled between 1908 and 1923 by sisters Gwendoline and Margaret Davies, the on-loan collection includes masterpieces by both well-known and lesser-known, exceptional, artists from that period.

Highlights include Renoir's famous La Parisienne, which was included in the first show of Impressionism in 1874, a Monet Water Lilies, and van Gogh's panoramic Rain-Auvers, painted during the last week of the artist's life. Equally stunning, but perhaps less well-known by American audiences, are works by Turner, Corot, Daumier, Millet and Berthe Morisot.

Wright said that the museum will remain open until 8 p.m. on Thursday evenings through the exhibition's showing, and will showcase corresponding lectures, painting classes, and concerts to accompany the Turner to Cezanne show.

Programs associated with the exhibit are free with museum admission.

The Concert Series will include four classical music concerts highlighting music from 19th and early 20th century. There is limited seating, on a first come, first served basis. Concerts start promptly at 6 p.m.

The Concert Series includes:

  • Thursday, June 3: From Saint Saens to Les Six
  • Thursday, June 10: String Quartet of the 18th & 19th century
  • Thursday, June 17: French Romanticism
  • Thursday, June 24: 20th century French

Concerts are sponsored in part by Evelin & Joel Wheeler, In Memoriam, Thomas A. Norris, beloved brother and lover of music, 1947-2009.

Additionally, Andrew Connors, Curator of Art at The Albuquerque Museum will present three lectures examining the influence of Spanish art and music on French and American artists and composers. Lectures begin at 6 p.m.

Lectures include:

  • Thursday, July 15: Introduction to Spanish Painting and Music
  • Thursday, July 22: The Spanish Influence on French Painting and Music
  • Thursday July 29: The Spanish Influence on Painting in the United States

The museum also is offering a "Family Day" on Saturday, June 5, from 1 - 4: p.m.Attendees will be able to explore the Impressionist period with outdoor activities in the museum's back sculpture garden and a vaudeville- style performance.

Additional details are available online at
www.cabq.gov/museum . The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, 2000 Mountain Road NW in Old Town, is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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