News and Events | Montana Museum of Art & Culture | October 2012

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Through January 5, 2013
Montana Institute of the Arts
Impressionist Exhibition Inspires Gift
Artwork of the Month

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Labor & Leisure: Impressionist and Realist Masterpieces from a Private Collection  


Eugene BoudinThis selection of masterpieces from a Private Collection features scenes of labor and leisure by important 19th and early 20th century artists including Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, William Adolphe Bouguereau, John William Waterhouse, Jules Breton, Pierre Eugene Montezin, Léon August Lhermitte, Stanhope Alexander Forbes, Eugène Boudin, Edouard Bisson, John William Godward, and Sir Alfred James Munnings. The exhibition brings together Impressionist and Realist masterpieces that document radical changes to 19th century society and culture. The social and economic changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution dramatically changed life.  Technology advanced, rural populations declined, urban centers flourished, occupational opportunities expanded and wages increased. Numerous 19th century artists were drawn to subjects that seemed on the verge of disappearing, such as nostalgic scenes of rural life and pastoral settings.  In contrast, many Impressionist artists depicted images of leisure: boating scenes, promenades, picnics and grand-fêtes.



Impressionism: Masterpieces on Paper 

September 6 - January 5, 2013 


Edgar Degas


This exhibition combines selections from the MMAC Permanent Collection with private loans to highlight seldom-seen etchings and lithographs from important Impressionists.  Although Impressionism originated in France, this exhibition includes artists from England and Sweden as examples of how Impressionism revolutionized art history.  Artists include: Pierre-August Renoir, Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Jean Louis Forain, Honoré Daumier, Gustave Leheutre, Jean-Baptiste Armand Guillaumin, Charles François Daubigny, Félix Braquemand, Jean-François Millet, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Augustus Edwin John and Anders Zorn.



Special Events: 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 7pm, Masquer Theatre in the UM PARTV Center

Lecture: The 19th Century French Realism of Jean-François Millet, by Brandon Reintjes, MMAC Curator of Art

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 7pm, Montana Theatre in the UM PARTV Center

MOLLI Special Member Event: Scythes and Parasols: Impressions of Work and Play, by Dr. Herbert Swick,
MMAC Advisor and Docent

Monday, December 3, 2012, 8pm, George and Jane Dennison Theatre, President's Lecture Series

Lecture: The School of Nature in French Art: Realism to Impressionism, by Dr. Gloria Groom, the David and Mary Winton Green Curator of 19th Century European Painting and Sculpture at The Art Institute of Chicago and author of "The Age of French Impressionism"


First Thursday Celebrations: 4 - 6pm, PARTV Center Lobby: October 4, November 1, December 6


Public Docent Tours:

Wednesdays, 12:10 - 12:50pm, November 28, December 19

Thursdays, 5:10 - 5:50pm, December 13

Saturday, 12:10 - 12:50pm, November 24


Celebrity Artist Tours:

Wednesday, 12:10 - 12:50pm, October 10 with Kristi Hager

Saturday, 12:10 - 12:50pm, October 20 with George Gogas

Saturday, 12:10 - 12:50pm, November 10 with Stephanie Frostad


Curator of Art Tours:

Thursday, 5:10 - 5:50pm, October 25 with Brandon Reintjes 

Saturday, 12:10 - 12:50pm, December 29 with Brandon Reintjes

All events are open to the public. All tours are limited to 28 people and begin in the PARTV Center Lobby.


Image banner: Leon Augustin Lhermitte (1844-1925), Les Glaneuses/The Gleaners, ca 1909, oil on canvas, Courtesy of a Private Collection, Photograph by Kaz Tsuruta

Image top: Eugene Louis Boudin (1824-1898), Trouville, les jetées, marée haute/The Piers at High Tide in Trouville, ca 1883-1887, oil on panel, Courtesy of a Private Collection

Image bottom:  Edgar Degas (1817-1878), Mary Cassatt at the Louvre, ca 1879 or 1880, etching, MMAC Permanent Collection, donated by

Mrs. Meri Jaye 



MIA members 

On Friday, August 24, 2012, MMAC hosted a lecture A History of the Montana Institute of the Arts by Brandon Reintjes, MMAC Curator of Art along with a closing reception and gathering of MIA artists.  During the reception, MIA artists gathered in the gallery to convene an impromptu meeting, the organization's first meeting in decades.  MIA members pledged to help with the care of MIA artworks transferred to the MMAC Permanent Collection in 1994.


 photo: MIA members




Berthe Morisot

During planning for the Montana Museum of Art & Culture's upcoming exhibition Impressionism: Masterpieces on Paper, longtime University of Montana supporter and art collector Mrs. Meri Jaye visited with President Royce Engstrom.  On behalf of MMAC, Engstrom asked Mrs. Jaye if she would consider loaning works from her private collection for the upcoming exhibition.  The request inspired Mrs. Jaye's gift of two etchings by Edgar Degas and one by Berthe Morisot. 

One of Morisot's most famous prints, Young Girl Resting is a portrait of the artist's daughter, Julie. Morisot was one of the few women who exhibited with the Impressionists, participating in every Impressionist exhibition except that of 1879, due to the birth to her daughter.  Morisot married Édouard Manet's brother, Eugène, in 1874.

All three etchings are included in the exhibition Impressionism: Masterpieces on Paper and will be on view through January 5, 2013.

Berthe Morisot (French, 1841-1895), Jeune Fille au repose or Young Girl Resting, ca. 1887-1890, Drypoint etching

Montana Museum of Art & Culture Permanent Collection, Donated by Mrs. Meri Jaye




Eugene Boudin       

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture is one of the state's oldest and most prominent cultural reserves. The Permanent Collection, begun in 1895, includes nearly 11,000 original works.


The core holdings of MMAC's Permanent Collection include works of art that denote the aesthetic development of the Rocky Mountain West, historic European works, Southeast Asian collections, American Impressionist works, contemporary Native American art, important ceramics works and public art sited across the campus. Ranging from historical to contemporary, this collection includes outstanding pieces by diverse artists.


Each month the Montana Museum of Art & Culture highlights artworks from the Permanent Collection.


This month's feature:

Titled: Boeufs au Bord d'une Riviere or Cows by the River, 1885

Artist: Eugène Boudin (French, 1824-1898)

Medium: oil on canvas,14 ½ x 18 ¼ inches

MMAC Permanent Collection, Donated by Ralph Andre Kling