Texas Museums Impress With Their Summer Shows

The Museum of Fine Arts of Houston’s Hockney-Van Gogh exhibit looked like the perfect early 2021 event – offering a radiant hint of spring with its vivid yellows at the end of winter. This show is over, but now big summer draws are starting to open. Two highly anticipated exhibitions in Texas this month are based on Impressionism, as museums open wide with works depicting ageless and beloved artists.

The MFAH showcases works by masters of the French school of painting, while the San Antonio Museum of Art shows the effect of their work here in the United States, collecting pieces from American painters fallen under their spell.

With luck, a booming summer will bring museum traffic back to its pre-pandemic state. Certainly, some of the exhibits listed here are designed to maximize general interest after a difficult year.


“Monet to Matisse:

From Impressionism to Modernism at the Bemberg Foundation »

A miniature biography of Georges Bemberg seems too exaggerated to be true: he was originally from Argentina, but born into a German family who made their money in the beer business. He studied piano at Harvard, but Bemberg’s great gift to the world was the Bemberg Foundation, a carefully organized and created environment in Toulouse, France, which housed works of art he had assembled by a startling list of ‘artists of the French school: Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Édouard Vuillard and several others. Bemberg died ten years ago (at age 95), leaving behind a museum treasure. The works inside rarely leave, but they will be this year for “Monet to Matisse: from Impressionism to Modernism at the Bemberg Foundation”, a rare opportunity for viewers to see this collection outside of France.

Among the works is “Portrait of the Artist’s Son”, an 1869 oil on canvas by Claude Monet in which his child is presented with rosy cheeks and a clean haircut, all muted colors but for a hint of color. playfulness in her pink bow tie. The work is contrasted dramatically by Monet’s “Boats on the beach of Étretat”, a brighter beach scene.

Until September 5; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet, Houston; 713-639-7300, mfah.org.

San Antonio

“American Impressionism:

Echoes of a Revolution ”

Willard Metcalf, originally from Massachusetts, traveled to Europe in the early 1880s and quickly fell in love with the artists and landscapes he encountered. Despite being 18 years younger than Claude Monet, Metcalf managed to paint a few poppy fields in Monet’s house in Giverny a few years before the master joined them. Metcalf brings out the brightest reds with his “Poppy Field (Landscape at Giverny)”, included in “America’s Impressionism: Echoes of a Revolution”, which also features works by others, such as Theodore Robinson and Theodore Wendel, that fell under the spell.

“America’s Impressionism” is as advertised, an exhibition that reveals how an art movement moved far beyond its epicenter and radiated outward, as artists including Daniel Garber and John Henry Twachtman left states to study abroad, to return with their approach to painting has fundamentally changed.

Until September 5; San Antonio Art Museum, 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio; 210-978-8100, samuseum.org.

Fort worth

“Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon”

The title requires a lot of work, but so do the offerings shown in “Buddha, Shiva, Lotus, Dragon: The Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society”. The name of the exhibition sums up its content quite clearly: a collection of Indian Chola bronzes and East Asian ceramics, ironwork and sculptures collected by renowned philanthropists between the 1940s and the 1970s. Jennifer Casler Price, curator of ancient Asian, African and American art at the Kimbell Art Museum, describes each piece from the permanent collection of the Asia Society Museum as “an absolute gem.” The exhibition will welcome visitors in the most welcoming way possible, with a collection of Buddhist sculptures, a section full of bronzes and stone carvings, including a stone Buddha head that dates from the late 2nd or early 2nd century AD. from the 3rd century to Gandhara.

Until September 5; Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth; $ 14 to $ 18; 817-332-8451, kimbellart.org.


“Dedicated: Art and Spirituality in Mexico and New Mexico”

The Dallas Museum of Art drew on its Latin American collection to organize the new exhibition, “Devoted: Art and Spirituality in Mexico and New Mexico”. At the regional level, the title speaks for itself, but these two regions are part of broader cultural dialogues: between the faithful and their faith, and between cultures now separated by a border. The exhibition includes sculptures, paintings and other works of art that exist due to a spiritual conversation between the artist and the creed which then speaks of the connection between the art and the viewer.

Until January 2, 2022; Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood, Dallas; free; 214-922-1200, dma.org.

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