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    The Theatre of Emotions

  • From April 13 to August 21, 2022, the Musée Marmottan Monet is offering a unique opportunity to explore the history of the emotions in painting. In a selection of seventy exemplary works from public and private collections in Europe and the United States (Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, MNAM Centre Pompidou, National Gallery London, Uffizi Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, etc.), the exhibition offers a perspective on the changing representation of our feelings in modern Europe.

    From Dürer to La Tour and Greuze, the first section shows the role of aesthetic treatises in the portrayal of emotions: the Iconologia (1593) by Cesare Ripa and the Méthode (1698) by Charles Lebrun offered painters and sculptors “recipes” that they could use to convey the affective state of their figures. In the 19th century, representation changed as a result of new events and fields of knowledge, from the invention of photography to psychiatry. The caricatures of Boilly and the naturalism of Courbet gradually gave way to symbolism and a focus on interiority. This brought about a profound change: in the 20th century, emotion was not so much represented as provoked. It became sensation. This is what the last part of the exhibition will show by bringing together major artists from the period such as Dali, Picasso and Fautrier.

    Beyond the richness of the subject, still largely virgin territory for art history, and the quality of the works illustrating it, “The Theatre of Emotions” reveals the slow process whereby, starting in the 15th century, the modern Western psyche was shaped.

    Curators of the exhibition: Dominique Lobstein, art historian and Georges Vigarello, historian


    From April 13 to August 21, 2022


    Standard rate: 12 euros
    Concessions: 8.5 euros
    Under 7 : free


    Available in french
    and english: 3 euros