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Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg to open large Rodin and major Impressionists exhibit

“True Nature: Rodin and the Age of Impressionism” opens Nov. 12.
Auguste Rodin, Saint John the Baptist Preaching, first modelled 1878, this cast 1966 (Musée Rodin 6/12), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of B. Gerald Cantor Art Foundation, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA. The sculpture will be on display in the "True Nature: Rodin and the Age of Impressionism" exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg from Nov. 12, 2022-March 26, 2023.
Auguste Rodin, Saint John the Baptist Preaching, first modelled 1878, this cast 1966 (Musée Rodin 6/12), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Gift of B. Gerald Cantor Art Foundation, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA. The sculpture will be on display in the "True Nature: Rodin and the Age of Impressionism" exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg from Nov. 12, 2022-March 26, 2023. [ Courtesy of Museum Associates/LACMA ]
Published Aug. 17|Updated Aug. 19

Enthusiasts of Impressionism have much to look forward to when The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg opens “True Nature: Rodin and the Age of Impressionism” on Nov. 12. It will remain on view through March 26, 2023.

Drawn from the permanent collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the exhibition features nearly 70 artworks and will showcase the works of Auguste Rodin alongside rarely seen works from major Impressionists. It will include sculptures, paintings, photographs and works on paper.

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“True Nature” includes Rodin’s “Saint John the Baptist Preaching” (1878), “Eternal Spring” (c. 1881-1884) and “Jean d’Aire” (1886). It also features major 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 will examine Rodin’s influential life as an artist during the rapidly changing world he lived in. It seeks to reframe Rodin and his sculpture, contextualize his work among his peers and explore his significance in the art historical canon.

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

For more information, visit mfastpete.org.

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