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Turner to Cezanne at Everson Museum of Art

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Pierre-Auguste Renoir. La Parisienne, 1874.SYRACUSE, NY — Visitors to the Everson Museum of Art experience a brush with greatness with the exhibition Turner to Cezanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection, National Museum Wales. Turner to Cezanne is on its first tour in the United States and will be on display at the Everson, making Syracuse the only city in the Northeast to host it.

Turner to Cézanne is drawn from an ex­traordinary group of 260 nineteenth- and early twentieth-century paintings assembled largely between 1908 and 1923 by sisters Margaret and Gwendoline Davies. The exhibition speaks volumes about taste, patronage, and philanthropy. The works included here also present a survey of modern art, from Turner’s Romantic naturalism to Cézanne’s modern aesthetic innovations. The exhibition is also a reminder of the value of creativity, and of persistence, as many of the artists were, at first, either misunderstood or scorned. Painters once rejected, like the Impressionists, are now in the pantheon of the world’s most popular artists.

Turner to Cezanne comprises 53 masterpieces, including Renoir’s La Parisienne, a Monet Water Lilies, van Gogh’s Rain-Auvers, J.M.W. Turner’s The Storm and Cezanne’s The Francois Zola Dam, plus work from Manet, Pissarro, Whistler, Daumier, Corot and more. The collection is considered one the National Museum of Wales’ most remarkable treasures and one of the great British art collections of the 20th century.

Turner to Cézanne is currently on view through January 3, 2010

For more information, please visit www.everson.org
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