October 10 (Thu) - December 29 (Sun), 2013
Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894) was, with Monet and Renoir, a leading member of the Impressionist school. He participated in five Impressionist exhibitions, starting with the second in 1876. As a collector who purchased his friends’ works, Caillebotte supported his friends in the Impressionist movement economically and helped to organize as well as to provide economic support for Impressionist and other exhibitions. In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to his own role as an Impressionist painter, leading to a reassessment of his works. There has been growing interest in the finely detailed brushwork of the paintings overflowing with light in which, like Degas, he depicted the new customs and cityscapes of Paris in the course of modernization. The Bridgestone Museum of Art, for whom the Impressionists form the core of our collection, is delighted, a half a century after our museum’s opening, to present the first exhibition in Japan devoted to the major Impressionist artist Gustave Caillebotte.
Gustave Caillebotte, Skiffs, 1877
©National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 1985.64.6
January 18 (Sat) - April 13 (Sun), 2014
The painter and the sculptor. The painter paints pictures, the sculptor creates sculptures, and some artists, such as Edgar Degas, find both sculpture and painting to be vital media for artistic expression. Viewing paintings and sculptures together makes the distinctive features of each stand out. That is why, in the second half of the 19th century, there were important experiments in which paintings and sculptures were shown together. One example is the 1889 Monet-Rodin Exhibition at the Georges Petit Gallery, where paintings by Claude Monet and sculptures by Auguste Rodin were exhibited side by side. When art critic Octave Mirbeau saw that exhibition, he praised it, saying, “They have shown us these two forms of art, painting and sculpture, in this century’s most outstanding and extraordinary way.”
Paintings and sculptures, 160 of them, are the focus of this exhibition; all are works are from the collection of the Bridgestone Museum of Art. While enjoying the stimulating contrasts they present, please also take in the standing exhibition of works by Rodin, Bourdelle, Zadkine, Archipenko, and Brancusi in our sculpture gallery.
Gustave Moreau, The Toilettes, c.1885-90
The Bridgestone Museum of Art, Ishibashi Foundation, which opened 1952, houses a collection that now includes more than 1,800 works of art. Mainly focused on nineteenth-century, and the collection includes ancient, twentieth-century, and modern Japanese Western-style art. Originally,the core of the collection was French art form the latter half of the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth centuries. Having celebrated its 60th year in operation, in the twenty-first century the museum has expanded its scope to include art form the latter half of twentieth century on and art from elsewhere than France, to mount exhibitions in tune with the times in which we live. Access online to a selection of the Bridgestone Museum's collection.