Great French Paintings from the Barnes Foundation

Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Early Modern

May 2 – August 15, 1993

East Building Upper Level

THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER ON VIEW AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY.

Overview: This exhibition of 80 French paintings from the collection of the Barnes Foundation, Merion, Pennsylvania, included important paintings by Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, and others, collected by Dr. Alfred C. Barnes (1872-1951). The exhibition traveled while the building was undergoing renovation. The loan exhibition, the first from the Barnes Foundation, was made possible by a court ruling. The foundation received permission to stage an international exhibition to pay for improvements to the gallery housing the collection.

A 10-minute video program that accompanied the exhibition was produced with the support of The Circle of the National Gallery of Art and the International Corporate Circle. An audio tour was available, narrated by Gallery Director Earl A. Powell III. A special Sunday program entitled Dr. Barnes and His Collection was held in the East Building auditorium on May 23. Weekend hours throughout the exhibition were extended to 7 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Advance passes for the exhibition were available at the National Gallery or from Ticketron. Same-day passes were available at the Gallery.

Organization: The exhibition was co-organized by the National Gallery of Art and the Barnes Foundation. The National Gallery also advised the Barnes Foundation on arrangements for the tour. The coordinator was Elizabeth Streicher, associate research curator at the Gallery.

Sponsor: The exhibition was supported by a grant from GTE Corporation and by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Image: Installation view of Great French Paintings from the Barnes Foundation: Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Early Modern, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives

Attendance: 520,924

Catalog: Great French Paintings from the Barnes Foundation: Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Early Modern, by Richard J. Wattenmaker et al. New York: Alfred A. Knopf in association with Lincoln University Press, 1993.

Brochure: Great French Paintings from the Barnes Foundation: Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Early Modern. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1993.

Other Venues: Musée d'Orsay, Paris, November 6, 1993–January 2, 1994
National Museum of Western Art, Toky, January 21–April 3, 1994
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Wort, April 24–August 16, 1994
Art Gallery of Ontari, September 17–December 31, 1994
Philadelphia Museum of Ar, January 29–April 9, 1995