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Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art

Oct 1 2015 – Jan 10 2016

Seattle Art Museum

Simonyi Special Exhibition Galleries

The Seattle Art Museum is proud to present Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The collection is comprised of extraordinary paintings, considered to be the jewels of one of the finest collections of French Impressionism in the world.

This exhibition will feature 71 intimately scaled paintings by Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masters, including Édouard Manet, Auguste Renoir, Claude Monet, Eugène Boudin, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Pierre Bonnard, Édouard Vuillard, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh, among others. These works, which are prominently presented in the East Wing of the National Gallery, have long been treasured by the museum’s visitors and prized by art historians.

This will be the first time the beloved collection has gone on tour and it is only because the East Wing will be closed for renovation. The majority of works come from the celebrated Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection, given to the National Gallery of Art in 1970. This core group is bolstered by works from the Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon Collection and gifts of several other important collectors.

Organized by the National Gallery of Art and curated locally by Chiyo Ishikawa, Susan Brotman Deputy Director for Art and Curator of European Painting and Sculpture for the Seattle Art Museum.

Madame Monet and Her Son, 1874, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, 1841-1919, oil on canvas, 19 13/16 x 26 3/4 in., National Gallery of Art, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection, 1970.17.60