princeton van gogh tarascon stagecoachDates:  Sept. 19, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016

Venue:  Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey, USA

Admission:  Free

IMAGE: Vincent van Gogh, Tarascon Stagecoach, 1888. Oil on canvas. The Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation, on long-term loan to the Princeton University Art Museum.

PRINCETON, NJ - Significance:  More than 50 iconic works by leading Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and School of Paris artists from a premier private collection will go on view in the special exhibition Cézanne and the Modern: Masterpieces of European Art from the Pearlman Collection.

The exhibition pivots around Cézanne, whose works – including one of the greatest suites of the artist’s watercolors ever assembled – compose half of the exhibition, as it offers insights into the development of modern art as well as the history of art collecting in the United States in the 20th century. Due to the delicacy of the medium, the watercolors can be shown only rarely, and this exhibition will likely to be the last opportunity for many years to witness them in the context of Cézanne’s oil paintings.

princeton cezanne mont sainte victoirIMAGE: Paul Cézanne, Mont Sainte-Victoire, ca. 1904–06. Oil on canvas. The Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation, on long-term loan to the Princeton University Art Museum. Photo Bruce M. White.

Content:  Artists represented in the exhibition include Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Honoré Daumier, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Oskar Kokoschka, Wilhelm Lehmbruck, Jacques Lipchitz, Édouard Manet, Amedeo Modigliani, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Chaïm Soutine, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Vincent van Gogh.

A lifelong New York businessman and self-described “worshipper of Cézanne,” Henry Pearlman (1895-1974) built an enviable collection of modern European masterworks from the ground up, developing long-standing relationships with major dealers and corresponding regularly with the artists whose works he sought.

Publication:  A richly illustrated 320-page catalogue, published by the Princeton University Art Museum and distributed by Yale University Press, accompanies the exhibition and includes Henry Pearlman’s fascinating first-person narrative “Reminiscences of a Collector”; an essay by Princeton art historian Rachael Z. DeLue placing Pearlman in the context of mid-20th-century American collecting; a detailed chronology illuminating Pearlman’s collecting practices in relation to noteworthy events in the art world; a series of 16 brief essays by leading scholars, each focusing on one of the represented artists and their works; and detailed information on each work of art in the exhibition, including discoveries made through new conservation work and technical analyses undertaken specifically for the exhibition.

princeton modigliani jean cocteauIMAGE: Amedeo Modigliani, Jean Cocteau, 1916. Oil on canvas. The Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation, on long-term loan to the Princeton University Art Museum. Photo Bruce M. White.

Organizer:  The Princeton University Art Museum in cooperation with the Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation.

Related Programs:    

Nassau Street Sampler
Thursday, September 17, 5-8 p.m.
Offering a “taste of Princeton” – this year featuring local cuisine, student performances, watercolor demonstrations and a special campus preview of Cézanne and the Modern – the annual Nassau Street Sampler extravaganza is the Museum’s way of welcoming back students and faculty each fall.

Plein Air in Princeton
Saturday, September 19, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Lawn between Whig and Murray-Dodge Halls
Artists from the Atelier Marchutz in Aix-en-Provence will present an oil painting master class demonstrating techniques honed in the landscape made famous by Paul Cézanne. Please note: this workshop is sold out – to be placed on a waitlist, e-mail Caroline Harris (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). A collaborative program offered by the Art Museum and the Arts Council of Princeton.

Exhibition Public Opening Celebration
Saturday, September 19
Lecture: 5 p.m. in 50 McCosh Hall
Reception: 6-9 p.m. at the Art Museum
Join us in celebrating the opening of Cézanne and the Modern following its two-year international tour. Bridget Alsdorf, assistant professor in Princeton’s Department of Art and Archaeology, will present a lecture titled “Living with Cézanne.” A reception at the Museum will follow, with the sounds of live French swing music by Les Chauds Lapins enlivening the gathering.

In the Footsteps of Cézanne
Sunday, September 20, 2 p.m.
50 McCosh Hall
Members of the Pearlman family together with artists from the Atelier Marchutz will discuss the work of Leo Marchutz, the school’s founder, and his relationship with collector Henry Pearlman. A reception in the Museum will follow.

Credits: The exhibition has been made possible, in part, by presenting sponsor Neiman Marcus. Additional generous support has been provided by Susan and John Diekman, Class of 1965; Annette Merle-Smith; Trevor D. Traina, Class of 1990; Stacey Roth Goergen, Class of 1990, and Robert Goergen; Doris Fisher in honor of William S. Fisher, Class of 1979, and Sakurako Fisher; Catherine and David Loevner, Class of 1976; John H. Rassweiler; and the Allen R. Adler, Class of 1967, Exhibitions Fund. Further support has been provided by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by the Partners of the Princeton University Art Museum. Educational programs have been underwritten by the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation.