True Nature: Rodin and the Age of Impressionism
“True Nature: Rodin and the Age of Impressionism” presents works by one of the most celebrated sculptors of all time, side by side with extraordinary paintings by his renowned contemporaries.
Rodin created dramatic works that are instantly recognizable. This exhibition includes nearly 40 of his masterpieces, ranging from intimately scaled marble statues to monumental bronzes. It offers a remarkably comprehensive look at Rodin, placing him within the context of the profound artistic, cultural, and social changes occurring at the end of the nineteenth century in France.
“True Nature” also explores Rodin’s desire for academic recognition, even as he remained at the forefront of the avant-garde alongside the Impressionists.
Featuring examples of the artist’s most eminent works, such as “Saint John the Baptist Preaching” and “Jean d’Aire” , this exhibition looks beyond Rodin’s popular persona as the tormented Romantic genius, revealing his extraordinary powers of observation and ability to capture emotion and movement.
“True Nature” also includes major paintings such as Claude Monet’s “Nympheas,” Paul Cézanne’s “Still Life with Cherries and Peaches,” and Edgar Degas’s “The Bellelli Sisters.”
Consummate photographs, drawings, and sculptures by other masters of the period also join the exhibition.
Organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, “True Nature: Rodin and the Age of Impressionism” will be on view at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Jun. 17-Oct. 22, 2023. In addition to its daylight hours, OKCMOA is open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.