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American Impressionist Painting

July 1 – August 26, 1973
Main Floor, Galleries 68, 69, 70, 71 (3,000+ sq. ft.)

William Merritt Chase, A Friendly Call, 1895, oil on canvas, Chester Dale Collection, 1943.1.2

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

Overview: 73 paintings by 20 American impressionist artists who studied in France beginning in the late 1880s were chosen by Moussa M. Domit, with the assistance of William P. Campbell, curator of American painting. Advisors were John I.H. Baur and Lloyd Goodrich of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery in cooperation with the Whitney Museum and the North Carolina Museum of Art. The installation, designed by William J. Williams of the education department, included potted palms, dark wall colors, tufted circular sofas, and paintings hung in two tiers to recall turn-of-the-century taste.

Attendance: 125,994

Catalog: American Impressionist Painting, by Moussa M. Domit. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1973.

Other Venues: Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, September 18–November 2, 1973
Cincinnati Art Museum, December 15, 1973–January 31, 1974
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, March 8–April 29, 1974