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"Earthly Paradise" - The modern art collection of Elizabeth and Alexander Kasser

When I visited Budapest last week I was lucky to see two important exhibitions, just a few days before their ending.

“From Degas to Picasso”, at the Museum of Fine Arts Budapest, plays host to 60 impressionist and modernist works from the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow. The exhibition, which includes pieces by some of the most well-known practitioners of the period including Gauguin, Manet, Picasso, Degas, Courbet, Cézanne, Rousseau, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh and Monet, is based on the collection of two prominent Russian collectors: Ivan Morozov (1871-1921) and Sergei Shchukin (1854-1936).

But it was the second exhibition that impressed me and touched my soul: “Earthly Paradise” from the National Gallery (the art collection of Elizabeth and Alexander Kasser, 102 works by 53 different artists such as Monet, Paul Signac, Renoir, Braque, Edmond Cross, André Derain, Alexej von Jawlensky, Alfred Sisley or Cézanne, Renoir, Maillol, Henry Moore, Modigliani, Matisse, Degas, Rodin). It brings me to the roots of art and its main purpose, the importance of the art of painting.. My whole art stands near the artists featured in this show and I believe this collection was created from the heart by the Kasser couple.

And last but not least, I want to mention that this exquisite exhibition was curated by Gábor Bellák, following the artists' routes while evoking Paradise on Earth in the different sections: Paradise on earth is nothing but nature as created by god. The images of nature show not only topographic units readily identifiable in European art, or sites of touristic interest, or landscapes emblematic of particular regions, but in many cases, universal symbols as well. Nature, capable of symbolizing the whole of creation with is order, structure, dynamics, and colours, represents the world itself… For the modern artist Nature offers an opportunity to retreat from the world, and also provides inspiration for creative work”…

Moise Kisling (1891-1953) / Landscape at St. Tropez, 1918

Below the same theme and place impressed me last year when I painted this oil on canvas…"Landscape at St. Tropez", 80 x 80 cm


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