This summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present a ground-breaking exhibition examining the early struggles and ultimate triumph of the artists who created the style known as Impressionism and the role that the great Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel played in their success. Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting will include numerous masterpieces by leading figures of this movement such as Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Mary Cassatt.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today several important gifts to its collection. As a bequest from longtime supporter Helen Tyson Madeira are five paintings by French artists, including Mont Sainte-Victoire (1902–6) by Paul Cézanne; Basket of Fruit (1864) by Édouard Manet; Railroad to Dieppe (1886) and Avenue de l’Opéra: Morning Sunshine (1898), both by Camille Pissarro; and Young Girl with Basket (1892) by Berthe Morisot. In addition, two rare early portraits by Marcel Duchamp have been received from Yolande Candel, the daughter of Duchamp’s lifelong friend, Gustave Candel. They depict her grandparents and were painted in Paris in 1911–12.
This winter the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present Drawn with Spirit: Pennsylvania German Fraktur from the Joan and Victor Johnson Collection, an exhibition featuring bold, bright, and captivating drawings and manuscripts that celebrated important life events among the first European immigrants to settle in Southeastern Pennsylvania in the 18th century. The exhibition represents the most comprehensive study of the last fifty years to be devoted to fraktur, one of the most iconic forms of American folk art. It celebrates the promised gift to the Museum of more than 230 works from this important collection, and will be accompanied by a landmark publication. The Johnson Collection of rare and exquisite works on paper will more than double the Museum’s distinguished holdings of fraktur, making it among the finest collections of its kind in the United States. [ Request Press Images ]
The Philadelphia Museum of Art makes a landmark contribution to the study of Pennsylvania German fraktur with the publication Drawn with Spirit: Pennsylvania German Fraktur from the Joan and Victor Johnson Collection. Written by Lisa Minnardi, a specialist in Pennsylvania German art and culture, consulting curator for the exhibition, and assistant curator at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, it is the first fully-illustrated in depth study devoted to the subject since 1976.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has published a new handbook—the first in more than 20 years—of its encyclopedic collection. Featuring some 550 masterpieces from the Museum’s world renowned holdings of Asian, European, American, and modern and contemporary art, this volume includes a broad range of media from each of the Museum’s curatorial departments, including paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures, the decorative arts, costumes and textiles, arms and armor, and architectural settings. [ Request Press Images ]
Closing Thursday, January 8 and reopening Saturday, February 7, 2015.
The Rodin Museum, which holds one of the largest collections of works by French sculptor Auguste Rodin in this country, will undergo a full-scale reinstallation focusing on the sculptor’s remarkable achievements as a portraitist. The new presentation will showcase the sculptor’s most iconic portraits as well as exceptional works that have not been on view for several years. It will bring together a group of works that embody the artist’s realist spirit, offering a broader understanding of his contribution to the formation of modern art. [ Request Press Images ]
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