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LÉVY GORVY TO EXHIBIT PIONEERING MODERNIST MASTERWORKS IN HONG KONG

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LÉVY GORVY TO EXHIBIT PIONEERING MODERNIST MASTERWORKS IN HONG KONG

先驅 Pioneers

26 August – 30 September 2021

Mon-Fri: 11am - 7pm

Sat: 11am-6pm

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Ground Floor, 2 Ice House Street, Central, Hong Kong

Lévy Gorvy is pleased to announce Pioneers, an exhibition celebrating the achievements of the avant-garde that emerged in Europe in the first decades of the twentieth century. Opening on August 26, Pioneers offers the ability to view exceptional paintings that defined art in the modern era.

Paul Cézanne’s Esquisse de baigneurs (1900–02), from the Post-Impressionist’s series of works depicting nude bathers, represents the culmination of his experiments that sought to integrate figures and landscape. This is an exploratory work in which classically delineated bodies move harmoniously within a setting of woods, water, and sky. Patches of vibrant color and wavering linear brushstrokes over a brilliant white ground render a highly structured composition, epitomizing Cézanne’s development of an entirely new visual language—one that proved revolutionary for successive generations of artists.

Also painted at the turn of the century, L'Eglise Saint-Jacques (1901) by Camille Pissarro is an exquisite example of the Impressionist’s urban views, here focused on the forms of the Church of Saint-Jacques in Normandy. Translating the buttresses and towers of its Gothic architecture into dappled brushstrokes, the painting speaks of Pissarro’s admiration of Claude Monet’s Rouen Cathedral series from the 1890s. Unlike Monet, however, Pissarro situates the cathedral as part of the urban fabric, including the stalls and bustling crowds of the town’s market day.

Maurice de Vlaminck’s La Grenouillère (1904–05) embody the innovative use of color and form that would make him one of the principal figures of Fauvism. It displays a scene from La Grenouillère, or “the frog pond,” a popular boating and bathing resort on the Seine River west of Paris, which was made famous as an artistic subject by Monet and Auguste Renoir in the 1860s. Vlaminck takes a familiar sight—a couple enjoying refreshment at a waterside café—and utterly transforms it with vivid, thickly applied hues accentuated by boldly abstracted shapes and black outlines. Another highlight of Pioneers exhibition is Le Baiser (1924) by Joan Miró, a pivotal work that defined the Catalan painter’s embarkation on a fully abstract, biomorphic style. Pared down to colored lines and shapes on open ground that arc, enclose, and penetrate ovoid and hourglass forms, Le Baiser exemplifies Miró’s radical reconception of the possibilities of painting to evoke microscopic and macrocosmic scales as well as the inner life of the mind.

Other key works in the exhibition include extraordinary modern still lifes and figure paintings by artists such as Marc Chagall, Giorgio Morandi, Pablo Picasso, and Kees Van Dongen. Representing the pioneering spirit of these innovative artists, each painting in Pioneers remains revelatory today.

厲蔚閣即將於香港展出

現代主義先驅大師傑作

先驅 Pioneers

2021年8月26日至9月30日

週一至週五:上午11時至下午7時

週六:上午11時至下午6時

免費入場

香港中環雪廠街2號 聖佐治大廈地鋪

厲蔚閣欣然宣佈舉辦展覽「先驅」 (Pioneers) ,頌揚20世紀初興起於歐洲的前衛藝術之成就。展覽定於8月26日開幕,屆時觀眾將親覽定義現代藝術的非凡畫作。

保羅·塞尚 (Paul Cézanne) 的 《浴者小像》 (1900-02年作) 出自這位後印象派大師描繪裸體浴者的作品系列,代表塞尚將人物與風景融為一體的努力結晶。這件作品富有探索精神,以塞尚經典的筆觸勾畫人體,並將其和諧地融入由樹林、水與天空組成的背景中。明豔明豔的色彩斑塊和起伏的線性筆觸在亮白底色上呈現出高度結構化的構圖,集中體現了塞尚開創的全新視覺語言,其影響對後代藝術家是革命性的。

卡米耶·畢沙羅 (Camille Pissarro) 的《聖雅克教堂》同樣創作於世紀之交,是印象派筆下城市風貌的精緻範例。作品聚焦諾曼底聖雅克教堂的形式,將其哥特式建築的扶璧和塔樓轉化為斑駁筆觸,訴說了畢沙羅對克勞德·莫奈創作於1890年代的「魯昂大教堂」系列的景仰之情。然而與莫奈不同的是,畢沙羅將大教堂化作城市結構的一部分,將城鎮集市日的攤位和熙熙攘攘的人群納入畫面之中。

莫里斯·德·烏拉孟克 (Maurice de Vlaminck) 的《蛙塘》 (1904-05年作) 體現了對色彩和形式的創新運用,這一突破使得藝術家成為野獸派的領軍人物之一。它展示了蛙塘 (法語寫作「La Grenouillère」) 一景,蛙塘是巴黎西部塞納河上一處廣受歡迎的遊船沐浴勝地,在19世紀60年代因作為莫奈和奧古斯特·雷諾阿筆下的主題而聞名。烏拉孟克取用了一對夫婦在臨水咖啡館內享用茶點的熟悉一景,並用生動、濃厚的色調強調大膽的抽象形狀和黑色輪廓,遂將這一場景徹底改變。「先驅」展覽的另一件亮點作品是胡安·米羅 (Joan Miró) 的《吻》 (1924年作) ,本作定義了這位加泰羅尼亞畫家所開啟的全然抽象生物形態風格,地位斐然。米羅對於繪畫喚起微觀和宏觀世界的尺幅、心靈內在生活的可能性有了徹底、嶄新的認識,而《吻》正是藝術家這一認知的典型範例,藝術家在開放的背景之上化事物為彩色線條和形狀,線與形在卵形和沙漏形中弧曲、包圍、滲透。

展覽中的其他主要作品包括馬克·夏卡爾(Marc Chagall)、喬治·莫蘭迪(Giorgio Morandi)、巴布羅·畢卡索 (Pablo Picasso) 和基斯·梵·鄧肯 (Kees Van Dongen) 等藝術家的非凡現代靜物與人物畫。「先驅」意圖呈現這些藝術名家的先鋒精神,展覽中的每一幅畫在當下仍然具有啟示意義。

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