The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Announces Two Exhibitions of Collections from the National Gallery of Art in DC

SAN FRANCISCO (December 3, 2013)-The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to announce two exhibitions showcasing stellar collections from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art, at the Legion of Honor,features the work of 19th century avant-garde painters such as Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Vincent van Gogh. Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert & Jane Meyerhoff Collection, at the de Young, highlights the great masters of postwar art, including Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Frank Stella.

"We are so pleased to show these superb and distinctive exhibitions of European masterpieces and iconic modern and contemporary American works. Intimate Impressionism perfectly complements our collections in the Legion of Honor, and the de Young's dramatic architecture provides an ideal setting for the distinguished Meyerhoff Collection," says Colin B. Bailey, director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

The National Gallery of Art is in the midst of renovating its East Building galleries, making these presentations in San Francisco possible. These exhibitions are the latest in a rich history of collaboration between the Fine Arts Museums and the National Gallery dating back to the 1940s.

"The National Gallery of Art is delighted to share our masterpieces with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, providing thousands of visitors an opportunity to experience the Gallery's celebrated collections," says Earl A. Powell III, director of the National Gallery of Art.

Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art

March 29 - August 3, 2014

Legion of Honor

Intimate Impressionism includes nearly 70 treasured paintings by 19th century avant-garde artists. This exhibition will feature a selection of intimately scaled impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, still lifes, portraits and landscapes, whose charm and fluency invite close scrutiny. These works are among the National Gallery's most beloved paintings and usually hang in a special sequence of rooms in its East Building.

The show includes significant pictures by Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Georges Seurat and Vincent van Gogh. Many paintings in the exhibition were displayed in domestic interiors, and they often became gifts shared among friends.

Most of the works in Intimate Impressionism came from the private collections formed by Ailsa Mellon Bruce and Paul Mellon, the two children of Gallery founder Andrew Mellon. The efforts of Paul and his wife, "Bunny" Mellon, on behalf of the Gallery's collection cemented its role as one of the world's leading repositories of French modernist painting. Ailsa's collaboration with John Walker-chief curator of the Gallery from 1938 to 1956 and then its director until 1969-resulted in the acquisition of many celebrated masterpieces, including the impressionist and post-impressionist paintings that are at the center of this exhibition.

For more information on Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art please visit: legionofhonor.org/intimate

Modernism from the National Gallery of Art: The Robert & Jane Meyerhoff Collection




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