My Favourite Landscape from Montreal
Stephen Borys, Director and CEO, exhibition curator
The quest to borrow a group of important Old Master paintings from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for the 100 Masters exhibition was challenged by competing loan requests and exhibition conflicts, not to mention the museum’s impressive reinstallation of the European galleries. Nathalie Bondil,Director and Chief Curator of the MMFA, along with her curatorial team still managed to help me select five outstanding works for 100 Masters including the finest Gerhard Richter landscape painting in Canada, Landscape Near Koblenz from 1987, an Alexander Calder mobile, and one of Edwin Holgate’s most celebrated figure paintings, The Bathers from 1937. Arriving in time to see the Lyonel Feininger retrospective exhibition at the MMFA, it was useful to see the artist’s Yellow Street II in the context of his other Berlin paintings, confirming the best qualities of the work. The request to borrow the painting was seconded by Anne Grace, the MMFA’s Curator of Modern Art, who had worked on the exhibition. The addition of the Henry Raeburn portrait came on a second trip to Montreal, and the painting would stand as a strong representative of the MMFA’s impressive British painting collection.
Gerhard Richter, German, 1932– , Landscape Near Koblenz, 1987. Oil on canvas, 140 x 200 cm.
Purchase; Caroline Durand Fund; Deirdre M. Stevenson Fund; Murray Vaughan Foundation; Royal Trust; Michael McKenzie; Horsley and Annie Townsend Bequest; and Pierre Thomas; 1988.6. © 2011 Gerhard Richter - All rights reserved / Alle Rechte vorbehalten. Lent by: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal