Between 27 February and 5 July 2020, the Musée Marmottan Monet will be holding an exhibition entitled ‘Cézanne et les Maîtres. Rêve d’Italie’ (‘Cézanne and the Master Painters: a Dream of Italy’).
For the first time the work of the Aixois master will be displayed alongside masterpieces by the great Italian masters from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. Hence, a remarkable selection of works by Cézanne, including the iconic Montagne Sainte-Victoire and the splendid Pastorale and still lifes, will be complemented by a rare ensemble of ancient paintings executed by Tintoretto, Bassano, El Greco, Giordano, Poussin, Rosa, and Munari; the modern painters will be represented by Boccioni, Carrà, Rosai, Sironi, Soffici, Pirandello, and Morandi.
This unprecedented event has been exceptionally supported by forty-three lenders: sixty paintings will be loaned by private collections, as well as French, Canadian, American, Swiss, German, Scottish, Spanish, Japanese, and, of course, Italian museums. Held in collections around the world, these works highlight the role of Latin culture in Cézanne’s art and the way in which the Aixois master was inspired by the example of his illustrious predecessors to develop a new form of painting. They also illustrate the influence of the French artists on the Novecento artists.