January 11, 2022

The San Diego Museum of Art Welcomes Monet to Matisse: Impressionist Masterpieces from the Bemberg Foundation

Exhibition Features 60+ Works from Renowned Artists who Defined Impressionism and Post-Impressionism

August 2, 2022, UPDATE: Exhibition extended through October 10, 2022.

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Museum of Art is pleased to bring Monet to Matisse: Impressionist Masterpieces from the Bemberg Foundation, opening spring 2022, to San Diego. Featuring masterpieces from some of the most significant names in European painting, the exhibition will be on view at the Museum beginning March 19 through August 7, 2022. This marks the first time the Bemberg Foundation’s Impressionism collection, which rarely leaves its permanent home in France, has traveled to California and is one of only two showcases in the United States.

Organized by the Bemberg Foundation, based at the historic Hôtel d’Assézat in Toulouse, France, the exhibition features more than 60 works produced between the 1870s to 1930s. This is the second installment of a loan from the Bemberg Foundation, following the Cranach to Canaletto exhibition on view at the Museum from June to September 2021.  

Among the artists represented are renowned painters Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Pablo Picasso, Alfred Sisley, while Pierre Bonnard is represented by over ten remarkable examples.

“It is a privilege to once again collaborate with the Bemberg Foundation and be one of the few institutions in the world to showcase these incredible works,” said Roxana Velásquez, Maruja Baldwin Executive Director and CEO at The San Diego Museum of Art. “This is an extraordinary opportunity to view masters in Impressionism who completely defined the movement.”

Impressionism, and the movements it inspired, such as Pointillism and Fauvism, paved the way for Modernism, as early works by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse in the exhibition illustrate. Monet to Matisse will feature two exclusive works not previously on view in Houston, the only other city in the U.S. to receive the collection. Additional highlights include Claude Monet’s Boats on the Beach at Étretat, 1883; Camille Pissarro’s Portrait of the Artist’s Son Felix Dressed in a Skirt, 1883; Pierre Bonnard’s Le Cannet, 1930; Edgar Degas’ Woman at a Dressing Table, 1889; and Paul Cezanne’s Mountainous Landscape near Aix, 1890-1895.

The exhibition is composed entirely of works from The Bemberg Foundation and is co-curated by Philippe Cros, the former director of the Bemberg Foundation, and Michael Brown, Ph.D., Curator of European Art at The San Diego Museum of Art. The exhibition is made possible in collaboration with Manifesto Expo.

Georges Bemberg was an Argentina-born French collector, world traveler and Harvard-trained scholar, who amassed an extraordinary collection of Western art from the end of the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Bemberg’s private collection was preserved through the Foundation.

Funding for this exhibition is provided by the Lowenberg family, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, and the members of The San Diego Museum of Art. 

For more information on The San Diego Museum of Art or to purchase tickets, visit www.SDMArt.org.