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LACMA exhibits Renoir's 20th century work

February 11, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A rare exhibit of Renoir's 20th century work goes on exhibit at the L.A. County Museum of Art starting Feb. 14.Even the greatest artists got bad reviews in their day. It happened to the master impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir at the end of his career. Those early critics may have missed the point.

"Renoir in the 20th Century" features the last three decades of the artist's work, in addition to works from artists Renoir influenced, including Picasso.

"Picasso owned several major paintings at the time of the development of modernism," explains co-curator Claudia Einecke. "It was greatly appreciated by the people establishing modernism."

For Einecke, the exhibit has been years in the making. The paintings and sculptures are on loan from various museums and private collections.

There are only three stops on the tour. The exhibition started in Paris. After its time at LACMA, it moves to Philadelphia.

The exhibit also features early black and white movie film capturing Renoir at work, despite the toll of age.

The show has to be seen in person to feel how an impressionist from the mid-1800s transformed into a modern and yet formal artist of the 20th century.

The exhibition opens to the public on Sunday, Feb. 14, and runs through May 9.

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