Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg Opens Major Exhibition of Rodin and Great Impressionists

Impressionism aficionados have much to look forward to when the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg opens “True Nature: Rodin and the Age of Impressionism” on November 12. It will remain on display until March 26, 2023.

The exhibition, from the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, features nearly 70 works of art and showcases the works of Auguste Rodin alongside rarely seen works by major Impressionists. It includes sculptures, paintings, photographs and works on paper.

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“True Nature” includes Rodin’s “Preaching of John the Baptist” (1878), “Eternal Spring” (ca. 1881-1884) and “Jean d’Aire” (1886). It also contains important Impressionist paintings, including Claude Monet’s “In the Woods at Giverny” (1887), Paul Cézanne’s “Still Life with Cherries and Peaches” (1885-1887), Edgar Degas’ “The Bellelli Sisters” (1865-1866) and Pierre Auguste-Renoir’s “Two Girls Reading” (1890-1891).

The exhibition explores Rodin’s influential life as an artist during the rapidly changing world in which he lived. It attempts to reframe Rodin and his sculpture, contextualize his work among his colleagues, and explore its significance in the art historical canon.

“This is an incredibly important milestone for the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts,” said Stanton Thomas, senior curator of collections and exhibitions, in a press release. “I am so proud to present the first major exhibition in St. Petersburg, dedicated to Rodin and the Impressionists, at the MFA. ‘True Nature’ is a transformative exploration of one of the most popular, enduring and engaging periods in art history and I am delighted that the St. Pete community and the Southeast at large will have the opportunity to experience it for themselves.”

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