City Life / Country Life – Light and Shadow in the Age of Renoir

Pierre-Auguste Renoir "Dance at Bougival" 1883 Picture Fund 37.375 Photograph ©2016 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir “Dance at Bougival” 1883
Picture Fund 37.375
Photograph ©2016 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

In Europe in the time of Renoir, the late 19th and early 20th century, a period in which modernization brought about by the Industrial Revolution advanced, the lives of the people changed dramatically. Gaslit streets, glamorous theaters – towns transformed into cities and places of inspiration. But the sudden growth in population saw a deterioration in living conditions and the gap between the wealthy and the poor grew. As people came to find the city stifling, they sought the relaxation of sea bathing and picnics in the country where nature and the simple life remained. This exhibition looks at life in modern Europe through 89 works, consisting of oil paintings, prints and photographs, primarily from the collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. See the landscapes to which artists were drawn, and the light and shadow of the people who lived there; and the appeal of the city and the country as depicted by such artists as Renoir, Monet, Millet, Degas and van Gogh.

 

City Life / Country Life
Light and Shadow in the Age of Renoir
10:00 ~ 19:00 (Closed Mondays)
Until August 21
General ¥1,300, Students ¥900
Children (middle school and under) Free

Nagoya Boston Museum of Fine Arts
1-1-1 Kanayama-cho, Naka-ku
(052) 684-0101
www.nagoya-boston.or.jp

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