Masterworks from the Chrysler Museum
West Building, various galleries
April 9, 2013–January 26, 2014
In West Building the Museum presents a series of magnificent loans selected by NCMA Curator of European Art David Steel from the Chrysler Museum in Virginia. Interspersed throughout the galleries, these 18th- and 19th-century paintings and sculptures by such masters as Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Francesco Bertos, Mary Cassatt, and Auguste Rodin are strategically installed next to related stars in the permanent collection, inspiring dialogue among the works.
Visitors are encouraged to start their exploration in the Rodin Court, where the sculptor’s first masterpiece, The Age of Bronze, is displayed, along with Rodin’s bust of his mistress and muse, the artist Camille Claudel, poignantly titled The Farewell. Nearby in the Impressionism Gallery, visitors will find a beautiful Degas dancer, Renoir’s lovely painting of his dealer’s children (The Daughters of Durand-Ruel), and a charming family portrait by Mary Cassatt.
“Although there are some great paintings and sculptures by famous artists,” says Steel, “maybe the most pleasant experiences visitors have will be discovering amazing works by artists they may never have heard of, like Jules-Joseph Lefebvre, Charles Gleyre, and Francesco Bertos.”