**Opening June 22, 2019**
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OKCMOA members will receive FREE admission and EARLY ACCESS to this exhibition. Not a member? Join today!
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:
- 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
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
Exhibition organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
This exhibition is made possible through support from the following generous donors:
Kirsten and David Griffin
Virginia W. and James C. Meade
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 |