Today we continued our trips to different art venues by going to the Shanghai Museum. The main reason for going there was the special exhibition they have now, “Barbizon through Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute”.
Entrance to museums in China are usually for free and so was the entry to this exhibition.
I can’t help but thinking that the free entrance and air-conditioned building maybe was two of the major reasons why the line to the exhibition went all the way from the second floor up the stairs to the fourth floor. Art is becoming more popular in China but I have a hard time believing that the interest in french art is that big. Nevertheless there were still a lot of people in the hall who were clearly very interested in the paintings.
Europe went through major economic, political and social changes during the 19th century. These changes had an effect on the art world. Along with the rise of the bourgeoisie, industrialization and a modern lifestyle several art movements that challenged the traditional form of art started to appear. Robert Sterling Clark started his collection in the early 20th century and it now consists of several masterpieces by painters such as Camille Corot, Jean-Francois Millet, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
Seeing paintings for real made by these masters was a great experience which I recommend everybody to enjoy when have the chance. It is not everyday you can see paintings more than 100 years old which still today are admired and seen as the best of the best.
At the same time at the Shanghai Museum on the 4th floor is an exhibition about Robert Sterling Clark’s expedition in northern China during 1908 to 1909. Also well worth a visit!