February 2–May 5, 2019

Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times: The Mellon Collection of French Art

from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

  • Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890). The Wheat Field behind St. Paul’s Hospital, St. Rémy, 1889. Oil on canvas, 9 1/2 x 12 3/4 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 83.26. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Katherine Wetze

  • Pierre Bonnard (French, 1867–1947). The Pont de Grenelle and the Eiffel Tower, ca. 1912. Oil on canvas, 21 1/2 x 27 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 2006.44. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Katherine Wetzel

  • Kees van Dongen (Dutch, active in France, 1877–1968). Haystacks, ca. 1904–5. Oil on canvas, 19 5/8 x 25 1/2 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 2014.204. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: David Stover

  • Gustave Caillebotte (French, 1848–1894). A Man Docking His Skiff, 1878. Oil on canvas, 29 x 36 1/2 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 83.13. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Katherine Wetzel

  • Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890). Daisies, Arles, 1888. Oil on canvas, 13 x 16 1/2 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 2014.207. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Travis Fullerton

  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919). Pensive, 1875. Oil on paper on canvas, 18 1/8 x 15 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 83.47. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Katherine Wetzel

  • Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917). At the Milliner, ca. 1882–85. Oil on canvas, 24 1/4 x 29 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 2001.27. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Travis Fullerton

  • Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926). Field of Poppies, Giverny, 1885. Oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 28 3/4 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 85.499. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Katherine Wetzel

  • Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917). Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, model executed ca. 1880 (cast in 1922). Bronze, cloth skirt with tutu and satin hair ribbon, 38 1/2 x 14 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, State Operating Fund and the Art Lovers’ Society, 45.22.1. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Travis Fullerton

  • Raoul Dufy (French, 1877–1953). The Artists’ Studio, Perpignan, 1942. Oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 31 7/8 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 2014.205. © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Travis Fullerton

  • Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883). On the Beach, Boulogne-sur-Mer, 1868. Oil on canvas, 12 3/4 x 26 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 85.498. Image © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo: Katherine Wetze

Offering more than seventy works by masters such as Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, Henri Rousseau, and Vincent van Gogh, this exhibition celebrates Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon’s extraordinary gift of French 19th- and early 20th-century art to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. With its core of Impressionist paintings, the collection also comprises masterpieces from every important school of French art—from Romanticism through the School of Paris. These works represent more than 150 years of French art and exemplify the Mellons’ personal vision and highly original collecting strategies, which provide a context for understanding this unique collection of French art.

Organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Supported in part by our 2019 Frist Gala Patrons


Note: Docent-guided tours of this exhibition will include A Sporting Vision: The Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

 

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