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Masterpieces of the Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art

Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art

The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art Collection

Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art is a delightful art museum which focuses 18th- to 20th-century French paintings & period furnishings. The collection is composed of Old Masters of the French Rococo period, Romanticism, Neo-Classicism, Realism and Impressionism.

The collection also includes Art Nouveau glasswork and furniture from the end of the 19th century allowing visitors to experience the elegance of the French “salons” from a historic era.

Masterpieces in the Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art

  • “Portrait of Dr Paul Alexandre” by Amedeo Modigliani
    • This “Portrait of Dr Paul Alexandre” by Amedeo Modigliani is one of several paintings of Dr Alexandre created by Modigliani in a modern style characterised by elongation of faces and figures, that echo precursors such as Titian, Goya, and Velázquez. The elongated face and highly simplified features in this painting were influenced by Modigliani’s study of Egyptian, African and Oceanic sculpture.
  • “Adam” by Antoine Bourdelle
    • “Adam” by Antoine Bourdelle is a bronze statue created in 1889 and follows a long tradition of depicting Adam in all form of art. Adam is the name associated with the first man created by God. It has also been also used in the arts to symbolise the collective sense for “humanity” and individually as “a human”.
  • “Resting Troops” by Jean-Baptiste Pater
    • “Resting Troops” was painted by Jean-Baptiste Pater who was a French Rococo painter who painted a number of military subjects in the style of his teacher Antoine Watteau. Pater adopted the popular Fête Galante subject matter, which featured figures in costumes enjoy themselves and frolicking amorously in parkland settings. Pater used a traditional Rococo pastel palette and his most characteristic difference in style, from other artists of the time, was his use of shimmering lines. His most prominent customer was Frederick the Great, who sat for two portraits.
  • “Marching Troops” by Jean-Baptiste Pater
    • “Marching Troops” by Jean-Baptiste Pater was painted by Jean-Baptiste Pater who was a French Rococo painter who painted a number of military subjects in the style of his teacher Antoine Watteau. Pater adopted the popular Fête Galante subject matter, which featured figures in costumes enjoy themselves and frolicking amorously in parkland settings.Pater used a traditional Rococo pastel palette and his most characteristic difference in style, from other artists of the time, was his use of shimmering lines. His most prominent customer was Frederick the Great, who sat for two portraits.
  • “Aurora and Cephalus” by François Boucher
    • “Aurora and Cephalus” by François Boucher shows Aurora, the goddess of dawn, waking up the mortal Cephalus from sleep. According to Roman mythology and Latin poetry, Aurora has fallen madly in love with Cephalus and who is one of her human lovers. In this Rococo masterpiece, the blue sky is tinged with pink, and the dawn can be seen with the light above her head. Furthermore, Aurora’s etherealism or heavenly aspects are symbolised by her chariot, her flying horses and the cherubs. Especially relevant is Cephalus’s mortality and roots to earth which is signified by his dog, and his hunting catch in the bottom left.

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