Museum Wiesbaden presents the greatest era of French art with selected works. For European artists, 19th century French painting was the paradigm and measure of art – all eyes were fixed on France, Paris, in particular, as the source of new artistic currents.
The exhibition encompasses some 80 graphics, drawings and over 30 paintings that trace the path of French art. Works by Gericault, Delacroix and Bonnington document the styles of Romanticism, which was later displaced by the Realism of Courbet, Bonvin and Ribot. By the mid-19th century, aspects of Modernism had developed in landscape painting, at the center of which stood the “School of Barbizon,” represented here by Corot, Daubigny and Rousseau. Works by Pissarro and Manet exemplify Impressionist style, while those of Bonnard, Vuillard and Carriere document the waning of the 19th century and point the way into the twentieth.