The works are housed in a post-modern building (1981) built to replace the original gallery (built 1853) which was destroyed in the Second World War.
It’s impossible to list everything on display here, and since viewing art is a subjective thing I’d like to take you through what stood out for me on a tour of the Neue Pinakothek.
Room 18 bears witness to French impressionists including Edouard Manet, whose bourgeois Luncheon in the Studio (1868) is a major draw card. Vincent van Gogh’s immortal Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers (1888) hangs in Room 19 alongside more works from the man who cut off his ear to spite his face.
Late impressionists like Claude Monet are at home in Room 20. This was the group of painters crafting their work from an intricate series of dots. Monet’s Water-Lillies (1915) still puts bums on seats and Edvard Munch’s Woman in Red Dress (Street in Aasgaardstrand) from 1903 had me yearning for the Dutch countryside.
About the last you see is Ferdinand Hodler’s Tired of Life (1892), with its row of depressed old gents reflecting how your feet may be feeling after your tour.
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