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William M. Harnett

March 14 – June 13, 1993
East Building, Mezzanine, Northwest

William Michael Harnett, My Gems, 1888, oil on wood, Gift of the Avalon Foundation, 1957.5.1

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

Overview: 49 still life paintings illustrated William M. Harnett's trompe l'oeil technique. They were selected from the National Gallery's collection and other public and private collections.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the Amon Carter Museum, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Co-curators were John Wilmerding, visiting curator for American Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Doreen Bolger, curator, Amon Carter Museum; and Marc Simpson, curator, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The coordinator for the National Gallery was Nicolai Cikovsky Jr., curator of American and British paintings.

Attendance: 115,790

Catalog: William M. Harnett, edited by Doreen Bolger, Marc Simpson, and John Wilmerding. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1992.

Other Venues: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, March 14–June 14, 1992
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, July 18–October 18, 1992
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, November 14, 1992–February 14, 1993

Harnett, William Michael
American, 1848 - 1892