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James Ensor, Christ’s Entry into Brussels in 1889, 1888

James Ensor, Christ’s Entry into Brussels in 1889, 1888

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

Welcome to the third and final post in the FYE Getty Center visit! I’ll look at some late 19th and early 20th century art here, which is a fascinating backdrop for many modern art movements including expressionism.

Paul Cézanne, Young Italian Woman at a Table, c. 1895-1900 (Credit: getty.edu)

I think of Cézanne as revolutionary as he really sought to depict the essence of his subject matter, a “true reality” of sorts that had permanence beyond the momentary. This was such a departure from the Impressionists, who ecapsulated fleeting glimpses, scenes that would be different every time you looked.

Paul Cézanne, Still Life with Blue Pot, c. 1900 (Credit: getty.edu)

I see Cézanne as foundational of modern art, and artists like van Gogh and Munch taking it further, infusing their work with boldness, personal experience, and feeling.

Edvard Munch, Starry Night, 1893 (Credit: FYE; previously posted here)

The bold and concentrated color and simplification of forms would influence movements like fauvism, Die Brücke, Der Blaue Reiter, and even cubism. The inner life was paramount. But it could be romantic and have softness as well; sometimes inner life was a simple life with a connection to nature or animals (see Mueller, Marc, and Chagall, for example).

Paul Cézanne, The Eternal Feminine, c. 1877 (Credit: getty.edu)

This Cézanne seems to be lesser-known - I think it’s quite fascinating and forward-thinking. Cézanne depicts the “nude woman” as such a perpetual fixation by the men around her, the men of art, music, and society.

For expressionist nudes do check out artists like Kirchner, Mueller, and of course Schiele. I always love looking at earlier expressionist influences, and if you’re interested as well, check out some van Gogh, Ensor, Hodler, and lists on this page.

Thanks as always for joining me! What do you think about modern art, and is the Getty on your visit list?

Paul Gauguin, Head with Horns, 1895-97

Paul Gauguin, Head with Horns, 1895-97

Paul Gauguin, Arii Matamoe (The Royal End), 1892

Paul Gauguin, Arii Matamoe (The Royal End), 1892

Paul Gauguin, Eve (‘The Nightmare’), c. 1899-1900

Paul Gauguin, Eve (‘The Nightmare’), c. 1899-1900

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?

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

Welcome to another installment of FYE Visits, a a blog series on art spaces. If you love modern art, please check out my previous posts on the Phillips Collection in D.C. (Part I: Intro, Part II: Kandinsky White Border Exhibit, Part III: Rothko Room.) As always, your comments and insights are welcome!

Getty Center (Credit: Wikipedia)

The J. Paul Getty Center sits on a hill in Los Angeles, California and features a museum, the Getty Research Institute, Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation.

Getty Center (Credit: FYE)

For me, the modern architecture, views of the city, and nature complement the art so wonderfully here.

Getty Center (Credit: FYE)

I love that you could easily make a day of it: Roam the galleries in the morning, break with a picnic on the grass or lunch at the café, check out a special exhibit or two, stroll through the gardens, and catch the sunset and evening city lights.

Getty Center (Credit: FYE)

I found it quite nice to get a little lost and weave in and out of the buildings, staircases, and gardens. And since it’s LA, chances are your visit will be sunny and breezy.

Vincent van Gogh, Irises, 1889 (Credit: FYE)

A crowd favorite is always van Gogh’s Irises. The collection is not limited to paintings, though, and also has sculpture, furniture, decorative objects, and manuscripts on display.

Joseph Nollekens, Three Goddesses, 1773-76 (Credit: FYE)

Some of the other artists you’ll find include Huysum, Corot, Manet, Renoir, Pissarro, Degas, Cézanne, Gauguin, Turner, and Ensor.

Getty Center (Credit: FYE)

For some wonderful photographs (far better than my attempts!), check out the photosets here and here.

Museum admission is free, but parking is $15. The Getty Center is a truly unique place that with every visit, I think you’d be bound to discover something new and lovely, in galleries and gardens alike.

Hope you enjoyed this very brief introduction, and it might inspire you to visit or re-visit. Stay tuned for some permanent collection pieces next! What do you think of the Getty Center so far?