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Cézanne to Picasso: Paintings from the Julian and Josie Robertson Collection, New York at Te Papa

News from Te Papa - 24/01/06

Julian and Josie Robertson on their visit to their New Zealand home bring Te Papa visitors an opportunity to experience a remarkable selection of works by some of the masters of modern art. On display for four weeks only, some exceptional individual works feature in the exhibition, such as those by Cézanne, Picasso, Braque, Nolde, Redon, and Fantin-Latour.

Cézanne to Picasso: Paintings from the Julian and Josie Robertson Collection, New York presents fourteen works representative of many of the major phases of modern painting between 1875 and 1950, in effect documenting the movement of art from impressionism to abstraction. They also illustrate the role of Paris as a powerhouse of modern art movements, as nearly all the artists were active in Paris at some stage during their working lives.

‘We are looking forward to the presenting these rich and vibrant works that reflect the talent and definitive influences from some of the modern masters. There are so few opportunities to view works from private collections, and we are delighted that the Robertson’s are giving us a glimpse into their personal collection,’ said Dr Seddon Bennington Te Papa’s Chief Executive.

The great attraction of this selection is that it is a sampling of excellent and typical works by some of the most famous painters in the history of modern art, demonstrating Impressionism, Fauvism, and Cubism. The works also range across genres - landscape, still life, nude, and marine.

Visitors will be struck by the vibrancy of the palettes and the vitality of the treatments. Together the works offer a conversation of harmonies and resonances, as well as dissonances - indicative of the ferment of ideas that permeated the art world of Paris during the time of their creation.

The Robertsons' art collection is part of the fabric of their lives at their home in New York. Their strong connection with New Zealand has occasioned the generous gesture of bringing a selection during their stay here so that they can share the experience of their art with people.

Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, Te Papa’s Director Art & Collection Services will present a talk entitled ‘From the music of the silk-brush to the music of the axe: Cézanne to Picasso’, which will discuss colour and structure in modern French painting, from Impressionism to Cubism through personal and professional reflections of the Josie and Julian Robertson Collection. Two floortalks will also be presented in the exhibition (Saturday 18 and Saturday 25 March, 11.15am 12 noon).

Thursday 2 March, 6pm-7pm: From the music of the silk-brush to the music of the axe: Cézanne to Picasso
A lecture by Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, Director Art & Collection Services, Te Papa in association with the exhibition Cézanne to Picasso: Paintings from the Julian and Josie Robertson Collection, New York. ICON, Level 2. Free entry.

Saturday 18 March and 25 March, 11.15am-12noon: Floortalks
Join Jonathan Mane-Wheoki, Te Papa's Director Art and Collection Services (18 March) and Victoria Robson (25 March), Te Papa Curator Art, for a walk around this stunning exhibition.

Cézanne to Picasso: Paintings from the Julian and Josie Robertson Collection, New York.
28 February - 29 March 2006
Level 4. Free entry.

Femme à  la resille (Woman in a hairnet), 1938, by Pablo Picasso. Les tulips dans une vase delfte [Tulipes in a Delft vase], n.d., by Odilon Redon (1867-1947).
Femme à la resille (Woman in a hairnet), 1938, by Pablo Picasso. Collection of Julian and Josie Robertson, New York; ©
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Les tulips dans une vase delfte [Tulipes in a Delft vase], n.d., by Odilon Redon (1867-1947). Collection of Julian and Josie Robertson, New York.
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Pablo Picasso/Succession Picasso La route (Le mur d’enceinte), 1875-1876, by Paul Cézanne (1847-1847).
Pablo Picasso/Succession Picasso, licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney 2006
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La route (Le mur d’enceinte), 1875-1876, by Paul Cézanne (1847-1847). Collection of Julian and Josie Robertson, New York.
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Vase des Roses, 1875, by Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904). Les Pistons, 1918, by Fernand Léger (1881-1955).
Vase des Roses, 1875, by Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904). Collection of Julian and Josie Robertson, New York.
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Les Pistons, 1918, by Fernand Léger (1881-1955). Collection of Julian and Josie Robertson, New York.
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La Cliotat, 1906, by Emile Othon Friesz (1879-1949).
La Cliotat, 1906, by Emile Othon Friesz (1879-1949). Collection of Julian and Josie Robertson, New York.
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