INVENTING MODERN ART
17.00 (BST)/12.00 NOON (EST)
WEDNESDAY 5 JULY 2023
In conversation with LAW vice-chair Emanuela Tarizzo, Associate Curator Julien Domercq will guide us through the artworks and themes at the heart of the National Gallery's current exhibition After Impressionism: Inventing Modern Art (until 13 August). In the decades between 1880 and the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, artists broke with established tradition and laid the foundations for the art of the 20th and the 21st centuries. To examine this complex, vibrant period of artistic questioning, searching, risk-taking and innovation, the exhibition opens with the achievements of Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, and follows the influences they had on younger generations of French artists, on their peers and on wider circles of artists across Europe in Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels and Vienna.
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Julien is an art historian and Guest Associate Curator at The National Gallery, London. Most recently, he co-curated After Impressionism: Inventing Modern Art (The National Gallery, London, 2023) with MaryAnne Stevens, and Christopher Riopelle, and is currently working on the Van Gogh exhibition that will mark the bicentenary of The National Gallery in 2024. He previously held curatorial positions at The National Gallery, London as the Vivmar Curatorial Fellow, and at the Dallas Museum of Art as the Lillian and James H. Clark Assistant Curator of European Art and the inaugural Allen and Kelli Questrom Curator of Works on Paper. Domercq was the co-curator, with Christopher Riopelle, of Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell (The National Gallery, London, 2017-18), and the curator of Caravaggio: Martha and Mary Magdalene (Dallas Museum of Art, 2019) and Frans Hals: Detecting a Decade (Dallas Museum of Art and The Ringling Museum, Sarasota, 2020).
Emanuela is an art historian, and Vice-Chair of the Board of London Art Week. She received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Courtauld Institute of Art, and specialises in European Paintings and Sculpture from the 15th to the early 19th centuries. Between 2014 and 2021 she was Gallery Director at renowned art dealers Tomasso in London, where she organised exhibitions, including joint shows with fellow art dealers and contemporary artists, authored exhibition catalogues, and regularly hosted talks and gallery tours.
About the exhibition
After Impressionism: Inventing Modern Art explores a period of great upheaval when artists broke with established tradition and laid the foundations for the art of the 20th and the 21st centuries. The decades between 1880 and the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 were a complex, vibrant period of artistic questioning, searching, risk-taking and innovation. The exhibition celebrates the achievements of three giants of the era: Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin and follows the influences they had on younger generations of French artists, on their peers and on wider circles of artists across Europe in Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels and Vienna. With nearly a hundred works by artists ranging from Klimt and Munch, Matisse and Picasso to Mondrian and Kandinsky complemented by a selection of sculpture by artists including Rodin and Camille Claudel, the exhibition follows the creation of a new, modern art, free of convention, taking in Expressionism, Cubism and Abstraction. The exhibition includes some of the most iconic works of art created during these decades. Important loans come to the exhibition from institutions and private collections worldwide including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Musée d'Orsay, Paris; Art Institute of Chicago; Musée Rodin, Paris; National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh; Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya, Barcelona; and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut.