From May 19th, 2012 – State Hermitage Museum
Edgar Degas’ work entitled Place de la Concorde (1876) is on display as part of the Revived Masterpieces series. The characters in the paining are the artist’s friend Ludovic Lepic and his two daughters, crossing the Place de la Concorde in Paris. Completed by the artist in 1876, this canvas is a very important milestone on the work of Edgar Degas and 19th century French painting as a whole. It is simultaneously a realistic portrait, a street scene and an urban landscape in the impressionist key.
For a year and a half, the painting underwent a process of restoration at the Hermitage, the primary goal of which was uncovering the part of the original painting that was caught under the frame. An area with a width of up to 4 cm was not covered with a layer of the lacquer applied later, which also made it possible to verify that the painting was initially made in a silver colour, and then covered with yellow lacquer. Thanks to the painstaking work of the restorers, it was possible to restore the famous canvas to its original condition and restore the true character of the master’s painting.
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Hermitage Amsterdam – Until th 17th of September
Outstanding works by Matisse, Picasso, Van Dongen, De Vlaminck, Derain and many other contemporaries of theirs will be seen in a magnificent display from 6 March 2010 to 17 September 2010 at the Hermitage Amsterdam in the exhibition Matisse to Malevich. Pioneers of modern art from the Hermitage. For this exhibition about 75 paintings have been selected from the Hermitage St.- Petersburg, which has one of the world’s finest collections of French painting of the early twentieth century. Apart from the world-famous French masters, such equally celebrated Russian contemporaries as Malevich and Kandinsky will be represented. These artists are seen as the pioneers of Modernism. Almost all the works exhibited are on permanent display in St.- Petersburg. Most come originally from the Moscow collections of Morozov and Shchukin. This is the first time that this extensive collection of avant-garde masterpieces will be on display in the Netherlands. The exhibition explores the origins of modern art as an art historical phenomenon, but also looks at the passion of the artists, when at a crucial moment in art history at the beginning of the last century they initiated a revolution in art