From Corot to Kisling, the selection made by the Musée de Lodève illustrates the key movements that highlight, in the history of art, the beginnings of the Modern period: Barbizon, Impressionism, Neo-impressionism, Pont-Aven, Nabis and Fauvism. Build around four thematic sections (portraits, nudes, landscapes and genre scenes), the exhibition offers an original set of works from artists who, at the turn of the last century, pave the way to avant-gardes.
Initially focused on Turkish painting, the Arkas Collection has focused since 2005 on European painting of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It now has more than a thousand pieces. Lucien Arkas comes from an ancient family of Marseilles, having moved to Izmir for 300 years. It is therefore natural for him to work with France for the first exhibition abroad of his collection. He has agreed on emptying the walls of his house to make this exceptional at the Musée de Lodève happen.
The exhibition pathway
You will discover portraits never shown to public of Bonnard, Renoir, Vuillard, Van Dongen or Vallotton among others. You will then share intimacies, nudes realized by, for instance, Maximilien Luce, Suzanne Valadon, Manguin and Kisling. You will grasp the evolution of open-air painting from Corot to Dufy in a section dedicated to the landscapes. Last, the section named Paint the life will show you groups portraits and genre scenes by Jacques-Emile Blanche, Louis Anquetin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Vuillard, Vallotton, Georges Braque...