French Landscapes

Trees in French Landscape Paintings, 1850 to 1920

-From Corot to Monet, Pissarro and Matisse-

With a focus on Impressionist paintings, this exhibition explores the evolution of French modern landscape paintings, using trees as the motif.

This exhibition traces the roles trees have played in the history of French landscape paintings, beginning with the Romantic and Barbizon schools, followed by Impressionism and up until Fauvism. Painters depicted trees as the independent subject of their paintings, carefully showing the light filtered through and the shadows cast by the trees, construing their colors and shapes as elements of their paintings. Through a display of nearly 110 works from mainly French museums, as well as museums and private collections from Japan and around the world, this exhibition evokes the painters’ strong fascination with trees and examines how their depictions of trees changed over time.

Exhibition Details

From April 16th (Sat.) to June 26th (Sun.), 2016
(closed Mondays )
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art
1-26-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8338
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Headquarters build. 42nd floor
Open Hours
10:00-18:00 (Admittance by 17:30)
10:00-20:00 (Fridays, Admittance by 19:30) Admission
Adults: 1200yen (1000yen)
University & High School Students: 800 yen (650yen)
Senior Citizens (65 years and more): 1000yen
Children of Junior High School or under: Free
( ) indicated discount rates for groups of 20 and more
Organized by
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art,
Supported by
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.
Cooperation with
Air France / KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, JAPAN AIRLINES
Patronized by
Ambassade de France / Institut français du Japon
Planned by
Art Impression Inc.

Pick up

Félix Vallotton
《Honfleur le matin》
Beauvais, MUDO, musée de l’Oise
© RMN-Grand Palais / Martine Beck-Coppola / distributed by AMF
Gustave Caillebotte
《Les Bords de Seine au Petit Gennevilliers》
Musée d’Argenteuil œuvre en dépôt au musée de Pontoise
Robert Antoine Pinchon
《La Vallée de Blainville-Crevon》
Collection privée
Maurice Denis
《Petites Bretonnes à la mare》
Collection privée
Claude Monet
《Lavacourt vu de la berge de Vétheuil, effet du soir》
Collection privée
Camille Corot
《Paysage près d’Étretat》
Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal, Germany
Medienzentrum, Antje Zeis-Loi / Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal
Léo Gausson
《Village derrière les arbres》
Collection privée