From 12 September, Singer Laren will shine a spotlight on the longing for ‘the big blue sea and the freedom it represents – in the exhibition La Grande Bleue: Painters of the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean coast has exerted an almost magnetic pull on artists since around 1870. Many such artists chose to work on the Côte d’Azur, the Italian Riviera and the islands of Capri, Mallorca, Corsica and Sicily. Here, they imagined themselves in an earthly paradise and, in relative isolation, struck out on new artistic paths under the influence of the intense light, sharp contours, deep shadows and vivid colours.
The exhibition features works from artists including Gustave Courbet, Johan Barthold Jongkind, Adolphe Monticelli, Henri-Charles Manguin, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Théo Van Rysselberghe, Otto van Rees, Mommie Schwarz, Else Berg, Jan Sluijters, Kees van Dongen, Isaac Israels, Yves Klein and contemporary Spanish artist Miquel Barceló.