The Burrell visits Marseille

On 15 July 2018, by Agathe Albi-Gervy
Edgar Degas (1834-1917), "La Répétition de danse", c. 1874, oil on canvas.
© Kinnear Maureen/Burrell Collection/Musée Cantini

Scotland's extraordinary Burrell collection is taking a brief trip outside the country with a selection of paintings, simultaneously paying tribute to Marseille as its Musée Cantini reopens after eight months' renovation work. Never before has the collection left the UK, prohibited by terms of the bequest made to city of Glasgow in 1944 by its founder, Sir William Burrell (1861-1958). The museum housing it in Scotland has been undergoing major renovation work since late 2016, and it finally needed legislation to authorise these treasures to leave the territory temporarily! As Glasgow and Marseille have been linked for a dozen years by a dynamic twinning partnership, the city in the south is the lucky host for this show, before it leaves for Japan. Of the 9,000 works and objets d'art from every period and culture assembled by Burrell, the loan involves only the finest modern paintings by the cream of late 19th century artists – Daumier, Degas, Millet, Fantin-Latour, Jongkind, Sisley, Manet, Pissarro, Cézanne, Boudin and Daubigny. The light and airy circuit narrates the history of this period's taste, opening with a magisterial Courbet of 1868, "L'Aumône d'un mendiant à Ornans": a veritable "manifesto of Impressionist painting," to quote Xavier Rey, director of the Musées de Marseille.

"Courbet, Degas, Cézanne… Chefs-d'œuvre réalistes et impressionnistes de la collection Burrell", until 23 September,
Musée Cantini, Marseille.
www.culture.marseille.fr
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