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Valentin Serov. Alexander Pushkin In A Park.
1899. The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow.


At the RA (35)
Monet: early versus late Giverny work
The exhibition ‘Painting the Modern Garden, Monet to Matisse’ moved from Cleveland to London. Some highlights recently seen in London at the Royal Academy of Arts.

Claude Monet:
- Le bassin aux nymphéas, harmonie verte (The Pond with Water Lilies, Harmony in Green), 1899. Oil on canvas, 89 x 93,5 cm. Musée d’Orsay
- Le bassin aux nymphéas (White Water Lilies), 1899. Oil on canvas, 89 x 92 cm. Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow
- Nymphéas, Japanese Bridge, 1918-26. Oil on canvas, 88,9 x 92,7 cm. Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Le pont japonais (The Japanese Bridge), 1923-25 c. Oil on canvas, 88,9 x 116,2 cm. The Minneapolis Institute of Art

Portrait of Princess Maria Ivanovna Kochubey (c.1845). Christina Robertson (Scottish, 1796-1854). Oil on canvas. Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow.

Robertson’s work was included in the annual exhibitions of the Royal Academy, and her society portraits were being engraved and reproduced in ladies’s magazines and popular journals. Her affluent sitters liked her elegantly flattering portraits with their emphasis on jewels and rich clothing.


The Dialogue (7)
On at least four occasions in the period 1872-1882, Cézanne joined Pissarro on trips through the countryside of Pontoise. Once they agreed on a subject, they set up their easels and painted the scene. The results were compared and discussed.
In 1875 they once more selected the same motif: the house of the Mathurins alongside the road to Pontoise. But look at the differences. More contrasts, volumes and structure in the Cézanne, more shades of colours and all sort of details in the Pissarro. As usual, Pissarro includes people and human activity, something that Cézanne typically avoids to do in his landscapes. 

Camille Pissarro, Vue sur la maison des Mathurins (View of the Maison des Mathurins), 1875. Oil on canvas, 52 x 81 cm. Private collection
Paul Cézanne, Le Clos des Mathurins à Pontoise (Road at Pontoise), 1875. Oil on canvas, 58x71cm. The Pushkin State Museum, Moscow