This exhibition presents an itinerary that spans the period between Impressionism and modernism. After the exhibition devoted to Van Gogh, the new digital exhibition will highlight the link between artistic creativity and the Mediterranean shores, as the principal centres of the modernist movement. The exhibition will immerse visitors in the masterpieces of twenty artists, including Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Matisse, Signac, Derain, Vlaminck, Dufy, and Chagall, amongst others.
These artists saw Van Gogh as a genius of painting, who, after departing from Paris, used pure colour as his principal means of expression. In the 1880s, the Mediterranean attracted many artists: abandoning Paris and the northern regions, they flocked to the southern shores, between Collioure and Saint-Tropez. It was at this point that they developed a new approach to the representation of light and colour. All these artists had links with the Mediterranean, either through their origins, or via their stays in the Midi. The digital exhibition will show how their artistic personalities were brought to the fore by these seascapes and how pictorial modernism was invented.
In seven sequences lasting forty minutes, visitors will be taken from one artistic movement to another: from Impressionism, with Monet and Renoir, to pointillism with Signac and Cross, and Fauvism with Camion, Derain, Vlaminck, and Marquet... and, of course, Matisse. The immersive exhibition will also retrace the fascination of Bonnard and Dufy for the Mediterranean, and eventually focus on one of the greatest colourists of modern art—Chagall. More than 500 works, which are now held in collections around the globe, will fill the Atelier des Lumières with their bright colours and highlight the variations in the works of these great artists on the Mediterranean shores, which inspired them to take their work to its finest expression.