Expressionism and expressionist art

FYE Visits: The J. Paul Getty Center (Part II)

Part II was originally going to feature several Alexei Jawlensky paintings in the Getty’s West Gallery (on loan from the Long Beach Museum of Art), but alas, photography was not allowed and I did not find images online. However, I’ll happily post some of the wonderful non-expressionist art from the Getty’s permanent collection, so let’s begin!

William-Adolphe Bouguereau, A Young Girl Defending Herself against Eros, c. 1880 (Credit: FYE)

Bouguereau’s charming painting shows a young woman trying to defend herself against Cupid. Fans of academic art, Baroque, and Rococo may also be pleased with the Getty’s handsome collections including:

Clockwise from top: Placido Costanzi, Immaculate Conception, c. 1730; Side Table, c. 1760-70; Corner Cupboard (Cabinet by Jacques Dubois, clock movement by Étienne Le Noir, and enamel by Antoine-Nicolas Martinière), c. 1744-52. (Credit: getty.edu)

Romantic artists like Turner, Delacroix, and Gericault are also represented at the Getty:

J.M.W. Turner, Modern Rome-Campo Vaccino, 1839 (Credit: FYE)

Turner was such a master of light and dreamy landscapes. Speaking of light and landscapes, experiencing Monet’s Rouen Cathedral (below) and Wheatstacks, Snow Effect, Morning in person is quite something.

Claude Monet, The Portal of Rouen Cathedral in Morning Sunlight, 1894 (Credit: FYE)

For paintings of enigmatic women in flowy dresses, the Getty has gems by Sargent, Tissot, and Renoir.

Clockwise from top right: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, La Promenade, 1870; James Tissot, Portrait of the Marquise de Miramon, née, Thérèse Feuillant, 1866; John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Thérèse, countess Clary Aldringen, 1896 (long-term loan from Renée and Lloyd Greif). (Credit: FYE)

I’ll conclude with a Gauguin, which also helps segue from post-impressionism to the 20th century art to be explored next!

Paul Gauguin, Arii Matamoe (The Royal End), 1892 (Credit: FYE)

Sit tight for Part III! I’ve posted some of the non-expressionist pieces I’ve enjoyed and I’d love to know: Do you have a favorite art movement?

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