During the last half of the 19th century, while French painters were turning the art world upside down with impressionism, a number of Florentine artists, referred to as the Macchiaioli, developed a style of their own. This Italian take on impressionism was largely overlooked internationally. The gallery pays homage to the "macchiaioli painters," along with De Chirico, Carrà, Casorati, Marini, Modigliani, Sironi, and others.
Our touring party, which had grown to seven now that we were in the company of The Better Half’s spry 91-year-old nonna, had just visited the nearby Galleria e Museo Borghese. We’d decided to let the group fracture for the remainder of the afternoon to pursue more individual sightseeing interests. Being a sucker for most anything Vincent van Gogh or Amedeo Modigliani have ever done, I chose the Moderna.
The museum’s most prized possession is, without a doubt, Gustav Klimt’s dazzling work The Three Ages of Woman, painted in 1905 during Klimt’s "golden period," which reached its apex with The Kiss in 1907 to 1908.
The portrait of Anna Zborowska is one of the three Modigliani canvases in the gallery’s collection. His subject is the common-law wife of the Polish poet Leopold Zborowski, whom, by 1916, had become Modigliani's primary dealer and made many personal sacrifices to further Modigliani’s career. In subsequent years, Modigliani painted many portraits of the couple.
The museum has two very nice van Gogh portraits, L'Arlesienne (Madame Ginoux) and Portrait of a Young Peasant. Both of these poignant canvases were painted during van Gogh’s year long stay at the asylum at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France, between 1889 and 1890. I later discovered that Portrait of a Young Peasant has a fascinating story behind it.
Another highlight is Paul Cézanne’s Le Cabanon de Jourdan. The painting is unfinished and was one of Cézanne’s last canvases before his death in 1906.
The museum was practically deserted on a rainy Sunday afternoon when I visited, and tourists in Rome doubtlessly have other sites in mind. However, if some of the artists in the collection are of particular interest to you, then the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna is worth a stop. You can easily find what you’re looking for and peruse the rest of their collection in under an hour.
Additional information:Website: http://www.gnam.arti.beniculturali.it/gnamco.htmMetro: Flaminio (Line A) Tel: 34 06 322 981Fax: 34 06 322 1579
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March 29, 2005
From journal The Italian Job: Rome, Part II
Coamo, Puerto Rico
October 2, 2000
The reason I wanted to go to the Gallery was because I knew they had paintings of Klimt, which is one of my favorite painters. When I got there I realized that they only had one painting, 'The Three Ages of Women'... Oh, but it was so worth it...
After standing there for about 40 mins, just taking the painting in...I went ahead and saw the rest of the museum. The museum itself is not so big, but I loved it so much that it took me longer to see than the Orsay in Paris. I guess it all depends on what kind of art you go for, but I'm telling you, if you like modern art, forget about the very famous museums and get to the Gallery...
It's a shame and an advantage that the place was almost empty. It has so much to offer, I don't understand why people don't visit it. But at the same time, it was great for me, that way I could get as close to the paintings as I could. The only set back is that they don't allow pictures taken even without flash like in other museums...but of course people still take pictures, with flash and all...shame on you people!
Other great artists represented in the Galleria: Monet, Rodin, Duchamp, Degas, etc...
From journal Rome in a Hurry