Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot painted somewhere between the Arcadian tastes of Neo-Classical painting; and the sensual effects and plein-air principle of Impressionism. To many, he was the progenitor of the latter movement. This exhibition traces the trajectory of 19th-century French landscape painting, from Corot to its peak during Impressionism. From a selection of masterpieces from the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Reims, we are able to see the growth of landscape from an inferior lower-class genre to an artistic and societal cornerstone. In addition to the SOMPO’s impressive permanent collection – which includes Gauguin and even van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” – you will view some 50 oil paintings and 20 woodblock prints from the realist Barbizon school and such luminaries as Michallon, Courbet, Pissarro and Monet. Advanced reservation is recommended. For safety purposes, museum visits are divided into four sessions.
Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Le Coup de vent, 1865-70, Inv. 899.16.23, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Reims
SOMPO Museum of Art
1-26-1 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku ku, Tokyo