Labor & Leisure: Impressionist and Realist Masterpieces from a Private Collection
This selection of masterpieces from a Private Collection features scenes of work 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. 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
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.
Image banner: detail, Branson Stevenson, Silent Night, no date, lithograph,
MMAC Permanent Collection
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: James Abbott McNeil Whistler (1834-1903), Seymour Seated, ca 1858, etching with drypoint, Collection of the Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University, The Bolker Collection, Gift of Norman and Esther Bolker