National Gallery of Art - EXHIBITIONS

Image: Crosscurrents: American and European Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection

image: John Singleton Copley Watson and the Shark, 1778 Ferdinand Lammot Belin Fund 1963.6.1Some of the most notable paintings from the National Gallery of Art’s American, British, Spanish, and 18th- and early 19th-century French collections are now on view in the Ground Floor central galleries of the West Building while the Main Floor galleries undergo renovation.

This installation features many works from the French school, such as Jacques-Louis David’s intense portrait The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries (1812), Jean Siméon Chardin’s The House of Cards (1735), and A Young Girl Reading (c. 1776) by Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Among the most popular works from the British and American schools on display are James McNeill Whistler’s delicate Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl (1862), John Singleton Copley’s dramatic Watson and the Shark (1778), and Joseph Mallord William Turner’s moonlit harbor scene Keelmen Heaving in Coals by Moonlight (1835).

Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Schedule: National Gallery of Art, Washington, March 14–January 2009

Passes: Passes are not required for this exhibition.

On view in the National Gallery's West Building, Ground Floor, Central Galleries.