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Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden: The Collections of Count Tessin

Henry Sternberg, Writer

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This is Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin's piece Rabbit and Copper Pot. It was hung in Tessin's wife's room.

The closing of old doors always leads to the opening of new ones. The Nationalmuseum of Sweden, Sweden’s largest and most famous art museum, will remain open up until 2018, but has led to new opportunities of exploration in New York.  The Nationalmuseum of Sweden has set up satellite exhibitions in various places around the world, one being in The Morgan Library and Museum.

The exhibit in the Morgan is titled Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden. It opened on February 3, 2017 and spans across three rooms highlighting many of the core pieces of the Nationalmuseum, which were collected by  Count Carl Gustaf Tessin. Tessin was a Swedish diplomat and art collector. His father was an architect and Tessin inherited his father’s art collection and title of superintendent of the royal palace. Tessin made several long trips to Paris throughout his life and had amassed a truly impressive art collection. Tessin’s collection actually led him into amassing an enormous debt. He ended up selling most of his collection to the Swedish king. In years to come they were donated to the Swedish National library, where the pieces eventually found their way into the Kungliga Museet,”Royal Museum” in 1792. The Kungliga museum was renamed in 1886 its current name of the Nationalmuseum of Sweden.

The exhibition is divided into two sections. One section focuses on the pieces Tessin commissioned and the other focuses on pieces Tessin purchased.

One of the more famous pictures Tessin bought was Rembrant’s Study for the figure of Esther in The Great Jewish Bride. Rembrandt is one of the most revered painters of Europe for his use of shadow and light. Rembrant’s baroque style captured the attention and desire of art connoisseurs around the world, Tessin being one of them.

Tessin commissioned The Triumph of Venus, which is one of the center pieces of the exhibition. It features the Roman goddess Venus in the center of a bright background, which functions as a parallel to the Enlightenment movement, which was sweeping across France during Tessin’s life. The Enlightenment movement was an intellectual movement focused on man’s ability to reason and dispel superstition through thought. The picture was stationed in Tessin’s bedroom. The oil canvas painting also provides an ironic contrast with the painting displayed in his wife Ulla Tessin’s room.

New York Times reviewer Jason Fargo called the piece, “a precisely calibrated explosion of flesh and fluids”.

In Ulla’s room sat an oil painting titled Rabbit and Copper Pot by Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin. It features a dead bunny strung up alongside a copper pot. The contrast of the two paintings really captures the focus the couple placed on art to the extent that they were willing to overlook content in appreciation for the artistic style behind each painting. The realism behind the painting of the Rabbit and Copper Pot and the rocco style that depicted the love, nature, and youth behind The Triumph of Venus captures the array of different art popular in France and showing France’s status as a powerhouse of European culture.

The exhibition is truly unique in the kind of art it exhibits. Treasures from the Nationalmuseum of Sweden showcase the pieces to a new audience, which is largely unaware of the Sweden’s array of art and what Sweden has to offer. The exhibition closes May 14, 2017. Be sure to check it out and take advantage of the once in a lifetime display.

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