Philadelphia-Milano A/R. At the Palazzo Reale, the Masterpieces of Impressionism

Unless you happen to be planning a trip to the United States soon, it’s worth your while to visit the Palazzo Reale which, thanks to the masterpieces on loan from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is preparing to offer up 180 days of avant-garde. More than a mere exhibition, it is an occasion, and a rare one at that, to admire the selection of 50 masterpieces created by major painters - living between the 1800s and 1900s - during the height of their artistic expression. In an exhibition created to highlight every single work perfectly, the luminous landscapes of Monet - from the The Sheltered Path to the Japanese Bridge - meet Le Quartier du Four and Winter Landscape, Giverny by Cézanne, to then encounter Les Grands Boulevards of Renoir, or the magnificent portraits of Manet, Picasso, Van Gogh and Matisse. In this illustrious gathering of masterpieces from this prestigious museum - born after the World’s Fair in the United States, held right in Philadelphia in 1876 - which, today, holds more than 240 thousand works, visitors will be amazed by pieces such as the fruit and floral arrangements of Gaugin, Braque and Matisse, the sculpture of Rodin - his work The Athlete is on display - as well as works by Picasso, Brancusi and others. Not to be missed, the works Marine in Holland by Manet, The Dance Class by Degas, A Night of Carnival by Rousseau, and Circles in a Circle by Kandinsky. “The collections of modern and impressionist art,” explain Jennifer Thompson and Matthew Affron, curators at the museum and of the exhibition itself, “are the crown jewels of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. They are the result of donations, not only of single works, but entire collections characterised by the powerful personalities of the collectors themselves. The inhabitants of Philadelphia were among the first collectors of impressionist art, in large part, thanks to the artist Mary Cassatt who lived for quite a while in Paris and was a go-between for her country-mates and French art merchants and artists.”
Samantha De Martin - © 2018 for Bulgari Hotel Milano