300 years of French art visits Seoul
In an exhibit titled “From Classicism to Impressionism: Three Centuries of the French Art,” the National Museum of Korea in central Seoul is presenting a vast collection from the Hermitage Museum, in which about 40 percent of the works are part of Ekaterina II personal collection. Among them are some 89 paintings, sculptures and drawings by renowned French artists including Nicolas Poussin, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Claude Monet, and Henri Rousseau.
The first section of the exhibit displays masterpieces by artists that represent Classicism of the 17th century, with paintings such as “Descent from the Cross” (1628-29) by Poussin. The second section sheds light on Rococo artists, with paintings such as “The Colosseum” (1761-63) by Hubert Robert.
Displayed in the third section are Ingres’s “Portrait of Count Nikolai Guriev” (1821) and Paul Delaroche’s “Christian Martyre Drowned in the Tiber” (1853), as the section focuses on French art in the age of revolution and Romanticism. The final section, titled “Impressionism and Beyond,” looks into innovative painters from the late 19th century onwards, who broke away from the classical art style.
BY YIM SEUNG-HYE [email@example.com]
The exhibition, which kicked off on Dec. 19 will run until April 15 at the Special Exhibition Gallery 1 & 2 of the National Museum of Korea in Yongsan District, central Seoul. Tickets cost 6,000 won ($5.52) for adults. Go to Ichon Station, line No. 4, exit 2. For more information, visit www.museum.go.kr/site/eng.