Listen up New Orleans! It's time to mark your calendars because M.S. Rau Antiques is getting ready to celebrate their one hundred anniversary as one of America's oldest and largest art and antique dealers. Celebrating 100 years in business in this economic climate? Priceless! For this momentous occasion, the antique dealers will hold a special curated exhibit of significant Impressionist paintings, presented alongside the masters who paved the way to the revolutionary movement as well as the innovators who carried the Impressionist ideals into the 20th century.
Pictured: Claude Monet's L'Enfant a la Tasse, Portrait de Jean Monet
I am particularly fond of this Monet oil painting which was completed in 1868 as a tribute to his son, Jean Monet. The subject in question revealed the intense love bond between father and son, and was painted during a time of extreme financial turmoil in Monet's life before he received recognition in the art world. He had just been ousted from his family and its fortune because he chose to live with his mistress and the son they had together. Drama Alert: It got so bad that same year, this anguish caused Monet to throw himself in the Seine River in Paris to try and drown himself. One word. Tragic!
Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Paysage, Arbres et Lande au Fonde in 1892
This landscape with trees and a moor is a brilliant example of Renoir's iconic style. The development of his lush brushstroke, carefully conjured atmosphere and scintillating palette of color was a result of his early landscapes such as this one. Renoir, like other painters of his era, was inspired by the lush, scenic peninsula in northwestern France where this was painted.
The antique dealers' remarkable collection includes paintings spanning the pre-Impressionist and Impressionist movements with other works by Vincent van Gogh, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, their own museum quality collection, as well as works on loan. This is another reminder to mark your calendars because these iconic paintings will be on display in M.S. Rau's exhibition gallery from November 16th this year to January 4th, 2013, in the historic French Quarter in New Orleans at 630 Royal Street.