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Masterpieces of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Painting

April 25 – May 24, 1959
Main Floor, Galleries 59, 60, 67, 71

Berthe Morisot, The Harbor at Lorient, 1869, oil on canvas, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection, 1970.17.48

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: 50 French 19th-century paintings were shown by 17 artists from 33 private collections in the United States. The exhibition was coordinated in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the American Federation of Arts, and to honor the meetings of the International Chamber of Commerce. Ralph T. Coe, museum curator and expert on impressionist painting, handled all phases of the exhibition.

Attendance: 85,800

Catalog: Masterpieces of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Painting. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1959.