To coincide with events marking France's annual Printemps des Musées, the Musée Fabre has organised an exceptional exchange of works with the Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Genova, reflecting the festival theme for 2001: springtime.
The museum has leant four works by Matisse, Valadon and Utrillo to the museum in Genova, in exchange for nine works representing landscape painting on the Riviera from 1860 to 1920. The works will be displayed on the third floor, in the context of the Musée Fabre's permanent collection, from 1 April to 30 June. Alongside works by Bazille, the Genova pictures illustrate the development of open-air landscape painting at the time of the Impressionists, with broad, colourful panoramas of the Riviera. The relatively little-known artists reflect the full range of nostalgic and more modern movements and styles during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, from Romantic vedute (by Tamar Luxoro) to Realism (Alfredo d'Andrade, Ernesto Rayper) and Divisionism (Rubaldo Merello, Antonio Discovolo, Eugenio Olivari).