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"FROM REMBRANDT TO RUBENS AND MONET TO
MATISSE, EXHIBITION PRESENTS ACQUISITIONS OF THE
LAST DECADE AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY"
2000-10-04 until 2001-02-04
National Gallery of Art
Art for the Nation: Collecting for a New Century brings
together 140 recent acquisitions from the National Gallerys permanent collection.
On view in the West Building from 1 October 2000 through 4 February 2001, the
exhibition demonstrates the growth and enhancement of the Gallerys collection
since its 50th anniversary exhibition in 1991. It is part of a series of exhibitions
highlighting the National Gallery of Arts permanent collection. Works from the
great bequest of Paul Mellon were shown in 1999, and outstanding
twentieth-century drawings will be featured in an exhibition in November 2001.
The exhibition is made possible by Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of
Verizon Communications. The Foundation is also funding the development of a
special feature on this Web site, including fourteen interactive in-depth studies of
works in the exhibition. Each study looks closely at unique aspects of creativity--an
artists motivation, a subjects sources, and a paintings hidden meanings.
Surveying the last five centuries of European and American art with particular
emphasis on Renaissance art, Dutch art of the seventeenth century, and American
and French painting of the nineteenth century, the exhibition and its accompanying
catalogue represent a selection of some of the finest works acquired by the Gallery
Paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, and photographs by some 120 artists will be
shown, including such acclaimed masters as Sandro Botticelli, Albrecht Dürer,
Raphael, Peter Paul Rubens, Anthony van Dyck, Rembrandt van Rijn, Jean-Honoré
Fragonard, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, Thomas Cole, Julia Margaret
Cameron, Edgar Degas, Winslow Homer, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Henri
de Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri Matisse, Alexander Calder, Jean Dubuffet, and Jasper
Johns, as well as important works by other prominent and lesser-known artists.
Art for the Nation: Collecting for a New Century also celebrates the generosity of
individuals and foundations who have given or made financial gifts for every work
of art in the Gallerys permanent collection. Acquisitions will be featured that were
made possible by Jo Ann and Julian Ganz Jr., Ladislaus and Beatrix von Hoffmann,
Joan and David Maxwell, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Robert and Jane Meyerhoff,
Roger and Victoria Sant, and Mr. and Mrs. John Hay Whitney, as well as works of
art acquired with funds from the National Gallerys Patrons Permanent Fund, New
Century Fund and Gift Committee, the Collectors Committee, and The Circle.
The character of the National Gallery of Art is defined by the depth and quality of
our permanent collection. Great works of art given by generous donors and held in
trust for the nation are at the heart of our mission, said Earl A. Powell lll, director,
National Gallery of Art. We are very grateful to Verizon Foundation for its
sponsorship of this exhibition. Verizon continues in the tradition of its predecessor
companies, GTE and Bell Atlantic, who together have sponsored sixteen exhibitions
over the last twenty years, most recently Alexander Calder (1998) and Picasso:
The Early Years, 1892-1906 (1997).
We are honored to sponsor the National Gallery of Art exhibition Art for the
Nation: Collecting for a New Century, the highlight of the National Gallerys 2000
celebration, said Charles R. Lee, chairman and co-CEO of Verizon
Communications. This exhibition demonstrates the remarkable generosity of
patrons who have been instrumental in the acquisition of important works of art for
the National Gallery, expanding and complementing its superlative permanent
Johannes Cornelisz. Verspronck,
Andries Stilte as a Standard Bearer,
1640, National Gallery of Art,
Patrons Permanent Fund 1998.13.1