High Museum Exhibit Is Like A Trip To Europe

Can't manage a trip to Europe this spring? No worries. Go to the High Museum of Art instead and see an exhibit of European Masters.
  • See Edouard Manet's "The Spanish Ballet" in a new exhibit at the High Museum of Art.
    See Edouard Manet's "The Spanish Ballet" in a new exhibit at the High Museum of Art.

If your planned trip to Europe is on hold, you can still see the works of the great masters right here in Atlanta. Browse paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne and more at the High Museum of Art through July 14. The High is the exclusive venue in the Southeast for "European Masterworks: The Phillips Collection." Here's a look at just a few of the 75 paintings and sculptures now on exhibit at the High. 

Edgar Degas, "La Répétition au foyer de la danse"
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Edgar Degas (French, 1834 1917), La Répétition au foyer de la danse , ca. 1870 – ca.1872, oil on canvas. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., gift of anonymous donor, initiated 2001, completed 2006.

Amateur's observation: The thing that struck me about this one is the light. How did he do that?

Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, "A Bowl of Plums"
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Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin (French, 1699–1779), A Bowl of Plums, ca. 1728, oil on canvas. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., acquired 1920.

Amateur's observation: I had trouble walking away from this one. I stood there staring and staring, possibly with my mouth hanging open. 

Honoré Daumier "The Uprising"

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Honoré Daumier (French, 1808–1879), The Uprising (L ‘Emeute), 1848 or later, oil on canvas. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., acquired 1925.

Amateur's observation: This one is full of emotion. It kinda made me want to go out and protest something. 

Vincent Van Gogh, "Entrance to the Public Gardens at Arles"

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Vincent Van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890), Entrance to the Public Gardens at Arles, 1888, oil on canvas. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., acquired 1930.

Amateur's observation: The colors. The colors. The colors. The colors are so striking.  

Edgar Degas, "Dancers at the Barre"

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Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917), Dancers at the Barre, ca. 1900, oil on canvas. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., acquired 1944.

Amateur's observation: Wow is about the best way to describe this. I kept walking back to take another look. 

Georges Braque, "Still Life with Grapes and Clarinet" 
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Georges Braque (French, 1882–1963), Still Life with Grapes and Clarinet, 1927, oil on canvas. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., acquired 1929. © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Amateur's observation. I couldn't find the clarinet, but I found notes from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which explain that it's not  really a clarinet, but is instead a tenora, a woodwind instrument that the artist had heard played. According to The Met, it is resting diagonally on the tabletop. I think I see it.

Pablo Picasso, "Reclining Figure"
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Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973), Reclining Figure, 1934, oil on canvas. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., gift of the Carey Walker Foundation, 1994. © 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Amateur's observation: I'm pretty sure I finally found the reclining figure, but whether or not I did, I still love the bright colors. And, hey, it's a Picasso. 

Since you are visiting the High, you may be interested in a few more spring exhibits at museums throughout Atlanta. Or, if galleries are your thing, take a look at our guide to neighborhood galleries. Finally, if all that culture makes you hungry, try a visit to one of these new Atlanta restaurants

Full caption for the Edouard Manet painting: Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883), The Spanish Ballet, 1862, oil on canvas. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., acquired 1928.

Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

 

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