Milan’s Palazzo Reale is currently hosting an exhibition of approximately 100 works of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art, featuring Manet, Renoir, Cezanne, Gauguin and their contemporaries. The works are on loan from the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, among which are 17 masterpieces by Manet, considered the “father” of Impressionism. The other paintings in the show titled “Manet and Modern Paris” hail from the same period as Manet or the period immediately following him, and feature works by Degas, Boldini, Fantin-Latour, Berthe Morisot, Signac and Tissot.
Organized by the City of Milan and Mondo Mostre Skira, visitors can view famous portraits as well as landscapes of the River Seine, in Paul Gauguin’s The Seine near the Pont De Jena, Paul Cezanne’s Pastoral and Claude Monet’s Argenteuil.
Paris was a perennial source of inspiration for the Impressionists, seen in the paintings on show at the Palazzo Reale, such as Monet’s Le Tuileries, Signac’s The Road to Gennevilliers and Degas’ The Dance Foyer at the Opera. Among the many works on display are also The Opera Ball by Henri Gervex, A Box at the Theatre des Italiens by Eva Gonzales, Young Girl in a Ball Gown by Berthe Morisot, as well as one of the show’s most important works, The Balcony by Manet.
The final part of the exhibition focuses on the feminine world, with the two Manet paintings Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets and Portrait of Nina de Callias and two Renoir works Madama Darras and Young Woman With a Veil.
The exhibition will run until July 2, 2017. For more information, see Palazzo Reale's website.