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Magritte, Dietrich, Rousseau: Visionary Objectivity

Kunsthaus Zürich

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This exhibition revisits a form that, like abstraction, was central to classical Modernism: representational art. Around 55 paintings spanning the years 1890 to 1965 explore the work of these artists – from Böcklin and Vallotton, the ‘naïve artists’ and painters of New Objectivity, to the Surrealism of Dalí and Magritte. Also included are rarely seen works by Bombois, Bauchant and Stoecklin. They allow us to begin to understand the potential of a ‘representational’ modernism. For these painters the communicative force of ‘peinture’ is not what matters; rather, they set out to create illusionistic visual spaces that the eye can still analyse and comprehend. Find out more about the exhibition from Kunsthaus Zürich’s website.

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High Alps, Glaciers and Snowy Summits (1919), Félix Vallotton. Courtesy of Kunsthaus Zürich

High Alps, Glaciers and Snowy Summits (1919), Félix Vallotton. Courtesy of Kunsthaus Zürich

Portrait of Mr. X (Pierre Loti) (1906), Henri Rousseau. Courtesy of Kunsthaus Zürich

Portrait of Mr. X (Pierre Loti) (1906), Henri Rousseau. Courtesy of Kunsthaus Zürich

The Natural Graces (1964), René Magritte. Courtesy Kunsthaus Zürich, © 2017 ProLitteris, Zurich

The Natural Graces (1964), René Magritte. Courtesy Kunsthaus Zürich; © 2017 ProLitteris, Zurich

Portrait of the artist's nephew (1929), Adolf Dietrich. Courtesy Kunsthaus Zürich, © 2017 ProLitteris, Zurich

Portrait of the artist’s nephew (1929), Adolf Dietrich. Courtesy Kunsthaus Zürich, © 2017 ProLitteris, Zurich

The Forest: Winter (c. 1925/1930), Camille Bombois. Courtesy Kunsthaus Zürich, © 2017 ProLitteris, Zurich

The Forest: Winter (c. 1925/1930), Camille Bombois. Courtesy Kunsthaus Zürich, © 2017 ProLitteris, Zurich

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