MUSÉE DE L’ORANGERIE // The Age of Anxiety

The Musée de l’Orangerie highlights the diversity of American painting in the 30’s with The Age of Anxiety’s exhibition. About fifty paintings were loaned by the Art Institute of Chicago, the MOMA in New York and the Whitney Museum including great artists of the XXth century: Grant Wood, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe or Jackson Pollock.

Gas - Edward Hopper, 1940 © 2016. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence

Gas – Edward Hopper, 1940 © The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala,Florence

The beginning of the Great Depression is marked by the collapse of the New York Stock Exchange in 1929. The United States knew their major economic crisis of the XXth century. Poverty and unemployment are the proof of the dramatic situation of the United States. There’s some sort of fear towards the future of the country. Painters are not ignoring this issue and they transpose it in their paintings.

American Gothic - Grant Wood (1930) © The Art Institute of Chicago

American Gothic – Grant Wood (1930) © The Art Institute of Chicago

The first painting of the exhibition is a famous one: American Gothic by Grant Hood. This is the first occasion to see it in Europe. The exhibition’s themes are following as naturally as the itinerary of the exhibitions rooms. Many documentaries are diffused to the visitors which brings a real support of comprehension.

Red Hills with Flowers, Georgia O’Keeffe, 1937 © The Art Institute of Chicago

Red Hills with Flowers, Georgia O’Keeffe, 1937 © The Art Institute of Chicago

Through their artistic reflection, painters open up to the after-war’s art: abstract expressionism and pop art. Although the Musée de l’Orangerie’s exhibition is quite short and concise, this does not affect the understanding of the History of Art and the History for the visitor.

Useful informationThe Age of Anxiety,  from October 12th 2016 to January 30th 2017, Musée de l’Orangerie Jardin des Tuileries, 75001 Paris.

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