A Magnificent Legacy: French Art in the Mellon Collection presented by Kimberly A. Jones

This lecture was presented at the Frist Art Museum on February 7, 2019 by Kimberly A. Jones, curator of nineteenth-century French paintings, National Gallery of Art

Offering more than seventy works by masters from every important school of French art, from Romanticism through the School of Paris, Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Their Times: The Mellon Collection of French Art celebrates Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon’s extraordinary gift of French 19th- and early 20th-century art to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. In this lecture, Kimberly A. Jones explores the tradition of philanthropy that motivated the creation of their renowned collection, told through the story of the Mellons’ love for French art.

Kimberly A. Jones received her PhD from the University of Maryland in 1996. A former museum fellow at the Musée national du château de Pau and the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, she joined the curatorial staff of the National Gallery of Art in 1995.

Jones was a collaborator and catalogue co-author forJean-Paul Laurens (1838–1921), peintre d’histoire, a 1997–1998 exhibition at the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée des Augustins, Toulouse. She has served as curator and catalogue author for a number of exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art, including Degas at the Races (1998); Edouard Vuillard, which was organized by the National Gallery of Art, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d’Orsay/Réunion des musées nationaux, Paris, and the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2003–2004); In the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painters and Photographers from Corot to Monet, which was organized in association with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2008); From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection (2010–2011); and Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art, an exhibition that traveled to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the National Arts Center, Tokyo, and the Municipal Museum of Art, Kyoto (2011). Most recently, she was the curator and principal catalogue author for Degas/Cassatt (2014).

Jones has lectured and published articles on a number of topics related to French art of the 19th century and is currently overseeing the publication of the systematic catalogue of the National Gallery’s collection of later 19th-century French paintings.


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