CARDIFF.- The National Museum Wales
often shares its collections with venues both home and abroad. And this autumn is no different as the French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist gallery at National Museum Cardiff feature two important loans from Germany, as part of an international exchange initiative.
Edouard Manets depiction of The Painter Monet in his Studio-boat, lent by the Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, 1874, will be at National Museum Cardiff until October 2012 and Claude Monets The Sea at Antibes, 1888, which is on loan from the Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal will be on show until January 2012. Two Venetian Monets and Alfred Sisleys Storrs Rock have been loaned out from Amgueddfa Cymru in return.
Both works on display in Cardiff add a new perspective to the works in the Museums collection. Edouard Manets depiction of The Painter Monet in his Studio-boat, was painted in 1874, the same year as the Museums own Argenteuil, Boats (Study), also by Manet. The two artists spent the summer working together around the River Seine in the Parisian suburb of Argenteuil.
Claude Monets The Sea at Antibes, 1888, shows the artists development of his coastal scenes, and his influence on Alfred Sisleys Cliff at Penarth, Evening, Low Tide (1897).
Another work of art going on loan is Pierre-Auguste Renoirs La Parisienne, which will be going to the Frick Collection in New York to appear in the exhibition Renoir, Impressionism, and Full Length Painting, alongside other major works by the artist. The Blue Lady will be taken off display at the end of November for conservation and taken to New York in January 2012. She will return in June 2012 and a painting from the Frick Collection will be loaned to Amgueddfa Cymru in due course.
Anne Pritchard, Assistant Curator of Historic Art, Amgueddfa Cymru, said: Loaning our artworks to museums abroad like these in Germany and New York helps promote our collections to international audiences and in return we receive works of art that visitors to National Museum Cardiff can appreciate.
We are delighted to have these wonderful Impressionist paintings by Monet and Manet on temporary display. They certainly complement other paintings in our collection and I hope visitors to the galleries enjoy something a little different.