1. The first Japanese exhibition to highlight Courbet’s seascapes, including Courbet’s Wave paintings gathered from around Japan and France!
Following a childhood spent in a small mountain village, Courbet went on to produce more than one hundred coastal landscape paintings. This exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see eleven Courbet seascapes on loan from collections around Japan and the world. Of particular note is The Wave (1870) from the Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Orléans in France, which features the same composition as a piece Courbet exhibited at the Paris Salon.
2. The first Courbet exhibition in Japan in nine years, featuring not only his seascapes, but also landscapes and hunting scenes!
The 19th century saw a significant shift in how French people understood the natural world. How did Courbet, a champion of the Realist movement, view nature? The sheer mountains and deep forests of his birthplace of Franche-Comté and the animals inhabiting the area are frequent subjects of his paintings. They offer viewers a glimpse into Courbet's understanding of nature.
3. A chance to explore the connection between Courbet and the Impressionists through works by the movement’s leaders, such as Monet and Boudin!
In the 1860s, Courbet became acquainted with Claude Monet and Eugène Boudin, painting alongside them in Normandy. The exhibition features works in which Monet experimented with the play of light on the sea of southern France, as well as scenes that Boudin painted of Norman beaches transformed into resort destinations. These works illuminate the influences shared by the three artists, as well as the differences that set Courbet’s seascapes apart from those of his contemporaries.