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    Félix Vallotton, Nu couché sur un tapis rouge, 1909 © Association des Amis du Petit Palais, Genève 1 / 4
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    Gustave Courbet, Paysage d’hiver, La gorge aux loups, 1870 (?)

    collection privée © François Bertin, Grandvaux
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    Henri Manguin, Jeanne à la jupe rouge, 1919, collection privée © François Bertin, Grandvaux 3 / 4
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    Maurice Brianchon, Modèle aux seins nus, 1954, Genève, Musée du Petit-Palais © Studio Monique Bernaz, Genève

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Realism

A symphony of Opposites

20 December, 2014 — 19 April, 2015

Devoted to Divisionism, the Pierre Arnaud Foundation’s first winter exhibition highlighted how painters in a same artistic movement branched out to explore unique individual ways of painting. The second exhibition in the winter cycle presents the many aspects of Realism which can be seen as a nexus of somewhat contrasting influences. 

With each reference to Realism, all manner of adjectives are associated with it such as poetic, social, idealized, allegorical, committed or utopic Realism … At a time marked by keen antagonism between Romanticism and Classicism, Realism opened up new pathways by evoking reality without idealizing it and by focusing on political or social topics. However, Realism is not necessarily about mimesis. 

Artists were not slavishly imitating nature but, as an emblematic figure of the movement Gustave Courbet pointed out, they were seeking to “express the mores, ideas and appearance of their era […] by highlighting its distinctive character”. The aim of this exhibition is to focus on the fundamental ambivalence of pictorial Realism constantly swinging between idealism and naturalism, protest and reaction, modernity and melancholy, genre scenes and the historical genre. Works by Gustave Courbet, Ernest Biéler, Albert Chavaz, Rudolf Schlichter, Mario Sironi, Gustave Jeanneret and André Derain will shed light on all the various shades of this multifaceted movement. 

Exhibition view

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The Catalogue

The Pierre Arnaud Foundation develops a research policy that aims to highlight interesting and sometimes unusual aspects of art history and anthropology. The Foundation calls on well-known specialists to prepare its exhibitions and catalogues and sets up a specific scientific committee for each event.  

The exhibition catalogue "Realism. A symphony of Opposites" is published in French. Produced by the Hatje/Cantz publishing house, it is distributed internationally. Designed as an iconic book-object conveying the spirit of the Pierre Arnaud Foundation, the catalogue combines high-level scientific content with a refined graphic identity and a particularly handy format. 

Realism. A symphony of Opposites – Winter 2

The second exhibition in the winter cycle presents the many aspects of Realism which can be seen as a nexus of somewhat contrasting influences. The aim of this exhibition is to focus on the fundamental ambivalence of pictorial Realism constantly swinging between idealism and naturalism, protest and reaction, modernity and melancholy, genre scenes and the historical genre. Works by Gustave Courbet, Ernest Biéler, Albert Chavaz, Rudolf Schlichter, Mario Sironi, Gustave Jeanneret and André Derain will shed light on all the various shades of this multifaceted movement. 

Produced and distributed internationally by the publishers Hatje Cantz and FAVRE Editionsthe exhibition catalogue provides a rich source for reflection on the subject of Realism. In keeping with the Pierre Arnaud Foundation’s ambitious editorial policy, authorship of articles was entrusted to leading international specialists whose different approaches enhance each other. Enjoyable to read, richly illustrated and scientifically rigorous, it is intended for simple art-lovers as well as more demanding enthusiasts. 

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Hatje Cantz. 2014. 180 x 240 mm, 240 pages, 187 illustrations. Softcover. In French only.

ISBN 978-3-7757-3894-1

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Scientific Comittee

Composed of nationally and internationally well-known specialists, the Scientific Committee advises the Pierre Arnaud Foundation’s various organs on their scientific and museological plans, more particularly regarding the conception of exhibitions and other cultural events. A specific panel is set up for each event.

  • Christophe Flubacher, curator
  • Claire Leblanc, Director, Museum of Ixelles, Bruxelles
  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Koch, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin
  • Prof. Antonello Negri, Professor of art history, University of Milan
  • Prof. Carlo Bertelli, former Director, Museum of Brera, Milano
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