Camille Pissarro (French, 1830-1903), Still Life, 1867, oil on canvas, 31 7/8 x 39 ¼ in. (81 x 99.6 cm), Toledo Museum of Art, Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1949.6
Édouard Manet (1832–1883), France, Fish (Still Life), 1864, oil on canvas, 28 15/16 x 36 3/8 in. (73.5 x 92.4 cm), Art Institute of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Collection, 1942.311
Paul Cézanne (1839–1906), France, Still Life with Bread and Eggs, 1865, oil on canvas, 23 1/4 x 30 in. (59.1 x 76.2 cm), Cincinnati Art Museum; Gift of Mary E. Johnston, 1955.73
Jean-Frederic Bazille (1841–1870), France, Still Life with Fish, 1866, oil on canvas, 25 x 32 ¼ in. (63.5 x 81.9 cm), Detroit Institute of Arts; Founders Society Purchase, Robert H. Tannahill Foundation Fund, 1988.9
Claude Monet (1840–1926), France, Still Life with Bottle, Carafe, Bread, and Wine, circa 1863–63, oil on canvas, 15 5/8 x 23 9/16 in. (36.7 x 59.9 cm), National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 2014.18.32
The exhibition features paintings by five young French artists who, in the 1860s, used the still life genre to experiment with new techniques and pictorial aims in painting. In these years, Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro, Édouard Manet, Frédéric Bazille, and Claude Monet were modernizing painting, creating a style—Impressionism—that would polarize the art world and have a profound impact on art to come. These five paintings combine familiar subjects from the kitchen counter and dinner table—a glass of wine, freshly-caught fish, a loaf of bread, lemons—with revolutionary artistic intent. The artists’ methods of making are put boldly on view—broad and emphatic brushwork, paint sculpted on the canvas. The Impressionists termed this audacious rebalancing of priorities and values in an artwork “sincerity.”
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