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 Renoir to Remington: Impressionism to the American West
September 21, 2014 – February 1, 2015
Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Gallery
 
 Organized by the El Paso Museum of Art in partnership with
Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, Washington
 

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French,1841-1919)
Heads of Two Young Girls
[Têtes de deux jeunes filles]
, 1890
Oil on canvas
12 3/4 x 16 1/4 inches
Tacoma Art Museum,
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. Hilding Lindberg, 1983.1.35
 

Frederic Remington (1861-1909)
The Mystery [A Sign of Friendship] (1909)
oil on canvas, 27 1/8 x 40 1/8"
El Paso Museum of Art,
Gift of El Paso Art
Museum Association Members` Guild
1969.28.1
 

Camille Jacob Pissarro (French, 1830-1903)
Darse de peche, Dieppe, matin, temps gris
[The Fishing Port, Dieppe, Morning, Overcast Sky]
, 1902
Oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 32 inches.
Tacoma Art Museum,
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. W. Hilding Lindberg, 1983.1.29
 
In fall 2014 the El Paso Museum of Art presents Renoir to Remington: Impressionism to the American West, the first comprehensive exhibition investigating the impact of French Impressionism on the direction of art of the American West and Southwest. Bringing together over one hundred works, the exhibition juxtaposes French Impressionist, pre-Impressionist, and related works from the Tacoma Art Museum in Washington state with Western American examples from the El Paso Museum of Art, the collection of Jack and Carroll Maxon, and four other local collections. Renoir to Remington includes artists such as Frederic Remington who pictured diverse regions of the American West, but the primary focus is Southwestern artists working through the course of the twentieth century. Exploring how many artists of the American Southwest have responded to Impressionism, the exhibition outlines the multiple forms and degrees of Impressionist influence on these artists as they sought and found the means to translate the distinct atmosphere, light, and color of the Southwest’s unique landscape, life, and culture.
 
Artists represented from Tacoma include the French Impressionist masters Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Edgar Degas; leading pre-Impressionists Eugène Boudin, Camille Corot, and Johan Barthold Jongkind; and American Impressionists like John Singer Sargent and Ernest Lawson. Southwest works include pictures by the early masters Julian Onderdonk and his father, Robert Jenkins Onderdonk, along with later practitioners such as Fremont Ellis and the celebrated “Texas bluebonnet painter” Porfirio Salinas. Two notable groups represented include several members of the Taos Society of Artists founded in 1915, and many early and later El Paso area artists, including Elmer L. Boone, Fern and Eugene Thurston, Earline Barnes, and Tom Lea.
 
As the works in the exhibition reveal, some Southwest painters embrace both the high-keyed palette and broad sketchy brushwork of classic Impressionism, while others combine a more finished style with the brighter colors initiated by the Impressionists. Still others investigate Impressionism alongside other approaches, or move toward styles that evolved from or responded to Impressionism, such as Neo-Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. The exhibition includes sculptural comparisons between the dancers of Degas and the cowboys and horses of sculptors like Harry Jackson. Inspired by the light, atmosphere, and action of the Southwest, the artists of this region discovered in Impressionism diverse elements of color, handling, and naturalism that aided them in their desire to represent the special light, atmosphere, landscape, and figures of the Southwest. Ultimately, Renoir to Remington enriches our understanding of Southwestern art by situating it within a broader context, and brings new relief to the lasting appeal and influence of the revolutionary movement Impressionism.
 
Admission 
EPMA Members
FREE
Non-member adults age 12+
$5
Children age 11 and under
FREE
Active Military Personnel and their families with ID
FREE
  
 

 
Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Francis of Paola
 May 11, 2014  – November 2, 2014
Dorrance and Olga Roderick Gallery: Retablo Niche 
 
Anonymous (Mexico, 19th Century)
Saint Francis of Paola, 19th Century
Oil on tin, 14” x 10”
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Dorrance D. Roderick
Collection of El Paso Museum of Art
 
The latest in the series of themed exhibitions from the Museum’s growing collection of retablos is Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Francis of Paola.  The retablos of these two saints are being shown together not only because of their shared name and religious order, but also because their depiction had much in common as did their mutual concern for all living creatures.
 
In Mexican retablos, Saint Francis of Assisi (1181-1226), the founder of the Franciscan order, is represented as a young man in typical Franciscan attire often in an outdoor setting.  Saint Francis of Paola (1416-1507), named after Saint Francis of Assisi, was the founder of the Foundation of Hermits of Saint Francis of Assisi. In contrast to Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Francis of Paola is usually shown in Mexican retablos as an older man with the hood of his robe up and a staff in one hand. Both have been frequently portrayed throughout Mexican devotional art of the 19th century, although here only three show Saint Francis of Assisi, fifteen Saint Francis of Paola.  Interestingly, one retablo, 2007.5.20, presents Saint Francis of Paola in the typical manner for this saint; however in this case he is also shown holding a crucifix, one of the attributes of Saint Francis of Assisi.
 
Today Saint Francis of Assisi is considered the saint of environmentalism and animals. Saint Francis of Paola is known as the saint of vegans, of sailors and of young girls looking for a husband. Although the retablos in this exhibition vary in style, size, and specific details, they all illustrate the strong influence of Franciscan evangelization in New Spain.
 

 
 Aleksander Titovets` Past and Present 
 September 5, 2014 - December 7, 2014 
Dede Rogers Special Events Gallery
 

Aleksander Titovets (Russian, b. 1960)
Charleston. Evening, 2012-2014
Oil on board, 30” x 30”
Courtesy of the artist
 
Consisting of past and recent work the upcoming exhibition of paintings by Aleksander Titovets will include landscapes and cityscapes as well as portraits. The exhibition will also investigate Titovet’s artistic practice and its relationship to Impressionism and Realism as seen through a Russian and American Southwest lens.
 
Born and raised in Siberia Titovets received his Masters in Fine Arts from St. Petersburg University College of Fine Arts. In the early 1990s he and his wife Lyuba relocated to El Paso, Texas, where they have lived and worked with much success since.  Titovets’ work while mostly representational is noted for its unique blend of thick impasto belying the artist’s zest for his medium as well as a recurrent hint of melancholy attributable to a longing for his homeland.
 
Aleksander Titovets has been in many group and solo exhibitions, won numerous competitions, and his work is included in public and private collections. In 2007, he was chosen by First Lady Laura Bush to paint her portrait for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.
 
 

 

 

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