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Cezanne: Truth in Art

  • Wednesday, June 8 at 11:30 a.m.

  • $45 On-Site • $25 Online

  • Free for Students*

  • On-Site & Online


In anticipation of the upcoming exhibition Cezanne (opening May 15, 2022 at the Art Institute of Chicago), Dr. Gloria Groom explores why Cezanne’s works resist easy art historical explanation and optical consumption. Although he focused largely on conventional subjects —pastoral landscapes, classical nudes, portraits, and still lifes– the resulting paintings and watercolors fit neither into the Impressionist camp nor that of contemporaries who followed more traditional paths. Indeed, Cezanne’s art is the bridge between the vanguard of his own time and artists of the next generations, who were liberated by his radical new approach to making art.

Gloria Groom is currently Chair of European Painting and Sculpture and the David and Mary Winton Green Curator at The Art Institute of Chicago. An internationally acclaimed scholar and author on 19th Century French painting, she joined the Art Institute in 1985. Since then, she has been involved in major monographic exhibitions and catalogues including Gauguin, Odilon Redon, Caillebotte, Renoir, Manet, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec, and thematic exhibitions such as Beyond the Easel: Decorative Paintings of Bonnard, Denis, Roussel and Vuillard, the art dealer Ambroise Vollard (2008), Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity (2012- 2013), Van Gogh’s Bedrooms (2016) and Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist (2017). Her current exhibition Manet and Modern Beauty devoted to the little known paintings, pastels, and watercolors of the artist’s last years, opens at the Art Institute this May and travels to the J. Paul Getty Museum, Santa Monica. Dr. Groom has also led the project for monographic on-line scholarly collection catalogues on the Impressionist collection (to date: Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Caillebotte, Gauguin and Manet) involving an international team of scholars, conservators and scientists. She has been named Chevalier des arts et des lettres and became an Officier in 2013. In 2016 she was honored as a Chevalier in the Légion d’honneur.

*Students with IDs on-site / .edu addresses online. High school, college, or university.

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