国立西洋美術館 『憧憬の地 ブルターニュ・モネ、ゴーギャン、黒田清輝らが見た異郷』を鑑賞!/At the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, Admiring "Bretagne, the Land of Admiration - Overseas Country Senary by Monet, Gauguin, Seiki Kuroda, and Others"!









シャルル コッテ 悲観海の犠牲者 1908-09/ Charles Cottes A Victims of the Sea

小杉未醒 楽人と踊り子 1921/ Kosugi Misei Musicians & Dancers



個人的には、ブルターニュと言えば、そば粉のクレープ、クイニーアマンや、ゲロンドの塩(Sal de Guérande)、タラソテラピーの本場として思い浮かびます。以前、タラソテラピーでタラソドブルターニュの製品を愛用していたことがあります。今もゲロンドの塩はとても美味で利用しています!

*地図は、日仏文化協会より借用しました。/ The map is made of  the French-Japanese Cultural Association.

上野恩賜公園 桜/ Ueno Park Cherry Blossoms


■At the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, Admiring "Bretagne, the Land of Admiration - Overseas Country Senary by Monet, Gauguin, Seiki Kuroda, and Others"!

I visited to the National Museum of Western Art to see the special exhibition currently being held from Saturday, March 18, 2023 to Sunday, June 11, 2023. From the late 19th century to the early 20th century, the Bretagne region on the northwestern edge of France was visited by many painters of the same generation, including the famous post-impressionist French painter who drew beautiful the scenes and the backgrounds. With the Matsukata Collection of the National Museum of Western Art as its support, this exhibition presents works from multiple assemblies, such as the Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts, Kyoto Institute of Technology of Museum of Art and Crafts, Pola Museum of Art, Tokyo Bunka Research Institute, the National Museum of Modern Art, the Ohara Museum of Art and other over 20 art museums in Japan as well as private collections, and from overseas, the Musée d'Orsay. Therefore, 160 works reflecting culture and history are exhibited now.


Most notable in this exhibition were the 12 works by Paul Gauguin and masterpieces of Claude Monet, Alphonse Mucha, Paul Signac, Emile Bernard, Paul Sérusier, Henri Riviere, Maurice Denis, and Charles Cottet. , Lucien Simon, and André Daucher, Moreover, there were astonishing drawings of Japanese artists who traveled to France in the late Meiji and early Taisho periods.such as Seiki Kuroda, Tsuguharu Fujita, Keiichiro Kume, Heizo Kanayama, Hosaku Saito, Kunishiro Mitsutani, Misei Kosugi, Tsunetomo Morita, and Jutaro Kuroda. These drawings of Bretagne and French scenic spots were also worth seeing. Over 100 years ago, there were several old suitcases on display in the exhibition that were used by Japanese painters to travel abroad. Especially once I could imagine Japanese painters traveling to the West with only one suitcase by a long sea voyage, for just accumulating their own experience, creating thier own art and devoting themselves to flowering at that time, each work with different scenes and backgrounds left a more vivid impression a lot.   


■Regarding the Bretagne Region

Bretagne region is located in northwestern of France.Once independent as the Duchy of Bretagne, this area seems to be an exotic area where Breton culture is still alive. There are many private houses made of granite stone and half-timbered houses, covered with deep indigo blue roofs. It rains a lot throughout the year, but the sight of the wet cobblestones illuminated by the orange streetlights is said to be very atmospheric. Painters from Japan and abroad longed for this place with their beautiful natural scenic spot.


For me personally, when I imagine Bretagne, I think of buckwheat crepes and Kouign-Amann, the Guérande salt and the home of thalassotherapy. In the past, I used Thalasso de Bretagne's products for thalassotherapy, and I still use Gueronde's salt because it is very delicious.