Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond

Sara Simonsen looks at a print of Van Gogh's Starry Night, one of the paintings in the exhibit, “Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond, Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay” at the deYoung Museum in San Francisco.

Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay

Students, faculty and staff boarded a bus on Saturday, Nov. 6, to visit “Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond, Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay” at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

The field trip was part of a one-credit Impressionist art course taught in October and November by Professor Nick Bridger at Menlo College. Many faculty and staff members accompanied the class for a unique opportunity to see the world-renowned collection of art on loan from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. The collection is on loan to the de Young while the Musée undergoes refurbishing and reinstallations prior to its 25th anniversary in 2011.

Both the course and the exhibit focus on Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet and Auguste Renoir, as well as works representing the individualist styles of the early modern masters. Included are paintings by Vincent van Gogh, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, and the Nabis Pierre Bonnard and édouard Vuillard. The de Young is the only museum in North America to host the exhibition.

“This course enabled students to see works by the masters firsthand,” said the trip organizer Dr. James Woolever, Dean of Arts and Sciences. “It was a once-in-a-life opportunity.”

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