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Praised and Ridiculed: French Painting 1820–1880

Kunsthaus Zürich

10 Nov 2017 - 28 Jan 2018

The Kunsthaus Zürich presents the first exhibition in Switzerland to explore the tensions in French painting between ‘academic art’ and new approaches that sought liberation from its constraints. As Academism’s influence waned during the 19th century, artists turned instead to the pursuit of individual impulses. Romanticism, Realism, Naturalism, ‘plein air’ painting and Impressionism vied for the favour of audiences. With more than 100 paintings, the exhibition brings together various currents of 19th-century French painting, revealing not just stark contradictions but also commonalities. This nuanced perspective on a key period in art history is an especially useful corrective to perceptions in the German-speaking world, where the reception afforded to French art has hitherto been rather one-sided. Find out more about the ‘Praised and Ridiculed’ exhibition from the Kunsthaus Zürich’s website.

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Les bords de la Marne à Chennevières (c. 1864–65), Camille Pissarro. National Galleries Scotland, Edinburgh

Les bords de la Marne à Chennevières (c. 1864–65), Camille Pissarro. National Galleries Scotland, Edinburgh

L‘évasion de Rochefort (c. 1880–81), Edouard Manet. Kunsthaus Zürich

L‘évasion de Rochefort (c. 1880–81), Edouard Manet. Kunsthaus Zürich

Le Bal de l'Opéra (1866), Eugène Giraud. Musée Carnavalet

Le Bal de l’Opéra (1866), Eugène Giraud. Musée Carnavalet

Chasse aux lions (c. 1861), Eugène Delacroix. Kunstmuseum St. Gallen

Chasse aux lions (c. 1861), Eugène Delacroix. Kunstmuseum St. Gallen

Orphée ramenant Eurydice des enfers (1861), Camille Corot. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Orphée ramenant Eurydice des enfers (1861), Camille Corot. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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