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American and European Masterpieces from the Permanent Collection
March 14, 2007 – January 1, 2009
West Building, Ground Floor, Central Galleries G39 through G43

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

Overview: Important paintings from the permanent collection of French, English, and American art were kept on view during renovation of Main Floor galleries in a thematic installation. Included were Jacques-Louis David's The Emperor Napolean in His Study at the Tuileries, James McNeill Whistler’s Symphony in White, No. 1: The White Girl, and Jean Siméon Chardin's The House of Cards. Thomas Cole's four-painting series The Voyage of Life was on view in gallery G39 with other landscapes and seascapes. Four portrait busts by Jean-Antoine Houdon and selected French paintings were shown in gallery G37. A few works in the exhibition were changed over the course of the installation.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Image: Joseph Mallord William Turner, Keelmen Heaving in Coals by Moonlight, 1835, oil on canvas, Widener Collection, 1942.9.86