By the end of the 19th century, several generations of artists had already turned to the subject of the woman in a new manner and through novel means. The times created preconditions for a landmark depiction of the female nature in art. Works appeared evoking the feeling that ‘private’ scenes were being observed that should remain hidden to outside view. Other artists continued to work in the usual styles of previous periods, but the character of the epoch left a clear mark on them, too.
The exhibition from the National Gallery’s foreign graphic collection presents notable masters such as Francisco Goya, Eugène Carrière, Auguste Rodin, Henri Fantin-Latour, Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jacques Villon, Pierre Bonnard, Léonard Foujita, Moïse Kisling, Christian Caillard, Georgiy Vereiski, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, André Derain, Raoul Dufy, Fernand Léger, Georges Rouault, Marcel Gromaire, Marino Marini, and Fausto Pirandello, among others. Their works reveal the diversity in the depiction of subject and form, no matter how strange or even outrageous this may have seemed to many of their contemporaries… a fact that makes them interesting even today.
Many of the artworks included in this exhibition are unfamiliar to the public. It is a curious fact that during their selection, study and restoration, we came across two previously unknown images by Jules Pascin, which not only luckily fit into the theme of ‘Attractive and Ordinary’, but also complement our idea of the artistry and world view of the grand master.