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Legends Of Montparnasse / Exhibitions

Faberge Museum
21 Nab. Reki Fontanki
Legends Of Montparnasse: Exhibitions, Saint-Petersburg
UTRILLO. Place de l'Église à Montmagny

Faberge Museum continues to treat the public to outstanding exhibitions. After the display featuring Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dali art lovers will now be able to see works by masters of the Paris School.

The term Paris School (École de Paris) was coined in the 1920s by André Warnod, who used it to describe the artists of various ages and nationalities who arrived in Paris in the first two decades of the 20th century and preferred to live and work in Montparnasse. The artists of the Paris School painted in a variety of styles and pursued different artistic aims. What they had in common was their striving for free experimentation and professional contacts that flourished so brilliantly in the creative atmosphere of the French capital, which was generally regarded as the “art capital” in the early 20th century. The most outstanding representatives of the Paris School were Amedeo Modigliani and Chaim Soutine.

“Modigliani, Soutine and other Legends of Montparnasse” is the title of the exhibition which opens at the Faberge Museum on 25 November. It is the first display in Russia of the unique collection of paintings by leading artists of the Paris School in the first three decades of the 20th century amassed by their contemporary and patron, the industrialist Jonas Netter. Netter, who was mad about painting, began buying works by young contemporaries and assembled a collection of the best art of the time. The masterpieces of the collection are undoubtedly the penetrative, exquisite portraits painted by Amedeo Modigliani in the last years of his short life. They include two portraits of his muse Jeanne Hebuterne, who shared all Modigliani’s misfortunes and committed suicide the day after his death.

The exhibition in St. Petersburg will feature the main jewels of Netter’s collection: paintings by Modigliani, Soutine, Maurice Utrillo, Moïse Kisling, Maurice Vlaminck, Suzanne Valadon, André Derain and other world-famous artists.

The works of the Paris School have long been acknowledged as classics of modernism and grace leading museum collections, while the artists’ life stories have become legends. You can meet the legends of Montparnasse and admire the wonderful paintings from Jonas Netter’s collection at the Faberge Museum until 25 March 2018.

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