Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

**Opening June 22, 2019**

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Featuring more than seventy works by French and European masters such as Degas, Manet, Monet, Rousseau and Van Gogh, this exhibition celebrates Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon’s extraordinary gift of nineteenth and early twentieth-century French art to the VMFA. After first becoming interested in British sporting art, Paul Mellon began to collect nineteenth-century French art in the 1940s with his second wife, Rachel Lambert Mellon. While their collection largely consists of Impressionist paintings, it also includes masterpieces from every important school of French art—from Romanticism and the Barbizon School through Cubism and the School of Paris. Taken together, these works exemplify the Mellons’ personal vision and highly original collecting strategies, which provide a context for understanding this unique collection.

The exhibition will reproduce the invigorating experience of the Mellons’ collection, in which each work resonates with and gains greater strength from its lovingly created context. Van Gogh, Monet, Degas is presented in a series of sections including Cyphers of Modernity, Horses, Flowers, Views of Paris, People, Water, Interiors and Tables, The French Countryside, The Transformation of the Ordinary and VMFA: Toward Impressionism. Opening with Cyphers of Modernity, visitors will be introduced to two of the collection’s most characteristic paintings: Berthe Morisot’s Young Woman Watering a Shrub and Théodore Géricault’s Mounted Jockey. These paintings are emblematic of the collection in their commitment to modernism, as well as their subject matter, which appealed to Mrs. Mellon’s love of gardening and Mr. Mellon’s passion for horses and horseracing.



Special Programming and Events:

Friday, June 21 | 10 am-8 pm
  • 10:30 am, 12:30 and 2:30 pm | Exhibition Highlights: Members may meet in the galleries for a 30-minute exhibition overview with Museum staff.
  • 5 pm | Refreshments available in the Museum lobby
  • 6 pm | “Edgar Degas, Equestrian Art & The Age of Photography,” by Dr. Michael Anderson, Director of Curatorial Affairs
Van Gogh, Monet, Degas galleries and the lecture will only be open to members on June 21 and all membership levels are invited. For information on becoming a Museum member, click here.
Public Exhibition Tours
Visitors may choose to visit this exhibition with their general admission ticket, or they may register for a public exhibition tour, led by OKCMOA staff. Public exhibition tours provide visitors with conversation-based insights and in-depth experiences focusing on the artwork and featured artists.

$15 for members and $25 for non-members, pre-registration recommended.

Sunday, June 30 | 2 pm
Wednesday, July 10 | 11 am
Thursday, July 18 | 6 pm
Sunday, July 21 | 2 pm
Wednesday, August 7 | 11 am
Thursday, August 15 | 6 pm
Wednesday, August 28 | 11 am
Saturday, September 7 | 2 pm
Sunday, September 15 | 2 pm
Thursday, September 19 | 6 pm

Public Exhibtion Lecture
This lecture is free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of Oklahoma Humanities
“In the Studio and en plein air: Impressionism Among Friends” by Dr. Katie Hanson, Associate Curator of Paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Group Exhibition Tours
Reservations required. Tour guides are available with notice three weeks in advance. Group tickets are $15 per person, and include admission to all exhibitions on view. Call (405) 278-8213 or email for more information.
Studio Sundays (All ages)
These programs are free with admission.Click here for details.
Sessions held on select Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am-noon. Coffee, social time and an interactive gallery experience. Space is limited. Pre-registration required. E-mail for more details. $5 for members; $15 for non-members.
Babies at the Museum (Ages 0-2 years)
July ǀ Clip & Clop
August ǀ Water & Waves
September ǀ Fields & Flowers
Museum Playdate (Ages 2-4 years)
July ǀ Clip & Clop
August ǀ Water & Waves
September ǀ Fields & Flowers

Exhibition organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.


This exhibition is made possible through support from the following generous donors:

Inasmuch Foundation
Kirsten and David Griffin
Virginia W. and James C. Meade
Oklahoma Humanities
Jennifer and James Weinland
Bank of Oklahoma
J. Edward Barth
Clements Foods Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. William R. Cook, II
Linda D. Garrett

Image credit: Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917). Little Dancer Aged Fourteen (Petite danseuse de quatorze ans), model executed ca. 1880; cast in 1922. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. State Operating Fund and the Art Lovers’ Society. Photo: Travis Fullerton. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts | Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890). Daisies, Arles, 1888. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon. Photo: Travis Fullerton. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts | Edgar Degas  (French, 1834–1917). At the Races: Before the Start (detail), ca. 1885-92. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon. Photo: Katherine Wetzel. © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts | 

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