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

In This Issue
Holiday Wish
Through January 5, 2013
December Happenings
End of Year Gifts and Memberships
Last Day to See Current Exhibitions
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 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 


James Abbott McNeill WhistlerThis 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




Monday, December 3, 2012, 8pm, Montana 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 Celebration: 4-6pm, PARTV Center Lobby, December 6, 2012


Public Docent Tours:  

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

Wednesday, 12:10 - 12:50pm, December 19


Curator of Art Tour:  

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


MMAC Holiday hours:  

MMAC galleries and office will be closed December 25 and January 1, 2013


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




Greetings MMAC Fan!

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Edouard Bisson


Don't miss your last chance to experience:


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




Impressionism: Masterpieces

on Paper.  


The last day of the exhibitions is

January 5, 2013





Image: Edouard Bisson (1856 -1939), Sitting by the Sea, ca 1882, oil on canvas, Courtesy of a Private Collection, photograph by Kaz Tsuruta




Silent Night       

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture is one of the state's oldest and most prominent cultural reserves. 


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: Silent Night, no date

Artist: Branson Stevenson 

Medium: lithograph

Size: 6 x 9 1/2 inches

MMAC Permanent Collection