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"Around Impressionism: French Paintings from the National Gallery of Art"
1999-08-15 until 1999-11-29
L.A. County Museum of Art
Los Angeles, CA, USA United States of America

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art – LACMA – presents Around Impressionism: French Paintings from the National Gallery of Art. The exhibition, which features approximately 70 works by 26 major artists who worked in France from the 1860s through the turn of the century, will be on view from August 15 through November 29, 1999, in LACMA West. Around Impressionism includes landscapes and portraits as well as more intimate, interior paintings by artists who worked shortly before, during and immediately after the impressionist movement in France. The works in the exhibition are drawn exclusively from the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

A major part of LACMA's mission is to bring great art to our region, said Graham W. J. Beal, the museum's director. We are delighted to share a special selection of the National Gallery’s renowned French paintings with the people of Los Angeles.

Among the artists represented are Gustave Caillebotte (Skiffs, 1877), Edgar Degas (Woman Ironing, c.1876 and Before the Ballet, 1890-92), Édouard Manet (The Tragic Actor, Rouvière as Hamlet, 1865/6), Paul Gauguin (Haystacks in Brittany, 1890), Claude Monet (Woman with a Parasol Madame Monet and Her Son, 1875, The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil, 1880, and The Japanese Footbridge, 1899), Berthe Morisot (Pont Neuf, Paris, 1872), and Édouard Vuillard (Woman Sitting by the Fireside, 1894).

After viewing Around Impressionism at LACMA West, patrons are encouraged to visit LACMA’s own collection of important impressionist paintings in the Hammer Building, LACMA East. Through landscapes, portraits, and still lifes, visitors can explore the impressionists’ fascination with and interpretation of the effects of movement and light.

Some highlights of LACMA’s impressionist collection include Mother About to Wash Her Sleepy Child (1880) by Mary Cassatt; The Bellelli Sisters (1862-64) by Edgar Degas; Water Lilies (1897-98) by Claude Monet; La Place du Théâtre Française (1898) by Camille Pissarro; and The Huntsman (1910) by Pierre Auguste Renoir.

LACMA’s permanent collection includes more than 110,000 works spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present, making it the premier encyclopedic visual arts museum in the western United States. The museum uses its collection and resources to provide a variety of educational, aesthetic, intellectual and cultural experiences for its visitors. In addition, LACMA offers an ever-changing series of outstanding special exhibitions of the work of the world’s leading artists, as well as lectures, classes, family activities, film programs and musical events. Through its Institute for Art and Cultures, it serves as a leader and convener of Southern California cultural and educational institutions for the exchange of ideas and cultivation of new perspectives on the interaction of art and society.

Organizing Curator: J. Patrice Marandel, LACMA curator of European painting and sculpture.

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