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Volume 68, Issue 105, Thursday, February 27, 2003

Arts & Entertainment

French art display will soon leave MFAH 

By Uruj Perwaiz
The Daily Cougar

Only three weeks remain to experience a wave of European art visiting Houston from Russia. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is premiering the collection Old Masters, Impressionists, and Moderns: French Masterworks from the State Pushkin Museum, Moscow.

The arrival of the exhibition is an exchange between the two museums as part of their international partnership begun in fall 2000. The partnership is designed to promote Russian history and cultural education as well as bring significant art to the United States.

The exhibition boasts 76 paintings, 52 of which are in the United States for the first time. It highlights French painting from the seventeenth century through the mid-twentieth century, from classical to modernism.

The exhibition will be opening with Nicolas Poussinis "Rinaldo and Armida" and Claude Lorrainis "The Abduction of Europa."

Poussin displays skill and balanced composition with his subject matter, which proved him a master of classical painting. Lorrainis became famous for painting mythological landscapes. Viewers can also experience eighteenth-century works of French Rococo style from Francois Boucher and Charles-Joseph Natoire.

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres is represented at the exhibit with the exceptional work he produced for future czar of Russia Alexander II. In Ingresi "Virgin with Chalice," Mary stands between Nikolai and Alexander Nevsky, the patron saints of Czar Nicholas I and the crown prince.

Claude Monet also has a strong display at the MFAH. The exhibition shows the exciting major stages of Monetis career. "Boulevard des Capucines," the famous painting that launched the Impressionist movement, begins Monetis section. 

Other impressionist masterpieces shown are Renoiris "In the Garden", Degasis "Dancer Posing for a Photographer" and Pissarrois "LiAvenue de liOpera, Snow, Morning."

Old Mastersi next stop will be the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Old Masters, Impressionists, and Moderns: French Masterworks

MFAH, Audrey Jones Beck Building

5601 Main St. 

On exhibit through March 9

The verdict: The exhibition contains many mastersi paintings never before seen in the United States.
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