“Face au Soleil”, the Musée Marmottan Celebrates its Crown Jewel

“Face au Soleil”, the Musée Marmottan Celebrates its Crown Jewel
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On November 13, 1872, Claude Monet, from the window of his hotel in Le Havre, observes the port at dawn, shrouded in thick fog, immortalising on the canvas a scene destined to eternal fame. Displayed two years later with the title Impression, Sunrise (1872), today, the work is the crown jewel of the collection of the Musée Marmottan Monet. The origin of the Impressionist Movement is attributed to this very painting, the name of which is tied to an affirmation by critic Louis Leroy regarding the painting by Monet. In 2022, the Marmottan Museum celebrates 150 years of the crown jewel of its collection with the exhibition Face au Soleil. Un Astre dans les Arts. To celebrate the anniversary of Impression, Sunrise, the exhibition gathers together the works of various artists, from Albrecht Dürer to Luca Giordano, from William Turner to Gustave Courbet, from Camille Pissarro to Paul Signac. One-hundred masterpieces on loan from over 50 national and international institutions retrace the history and evolution of the depiction of the Sun in art, from antiquity to today. From the first depictions of the Sun, similar to a red sphere, on the part on the Egyptians, we go on to Helios and the son god of ancient Rome. Precious lights make way for tarot cards, then for Medieval and Renaissance paintings where spectators come in contact with the differing and alternative evolutions of the sun. The work of Monet - which offers a close-up of three small boats that, rowing placidly, cut through the waters of the port, as the famed reddish disc slowly rises, emitting its orange rays, reverberating on the mirrored surface of the water, flooding the landscape - will be flanked by a rare series of drawings, paintings, photos and measuring instruments from the Paris Observatory whcih illustrate the development of astronomy over the course of the centuries, shedding light on the evolution of landscape painting and the atmosphere itself.

Samantha De Martin - © 2022 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Paris