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Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France

Nov 14, 2021 - Mar 13, 2022


Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France, set to premiere November 14, 2021, will feature more than 100 paintings made between 1855 and 1913 in the first comprehensive examination of France's stylistic impact on American painting of the period.

From academic training in Paris to exploration of the countryside landscape, Whistler to Cassatt reveals both the visual and conceptual influences of France on American painters in the 19th and early 20th century. Organized by the DAM and curated by Timothy Standring, curator emeritus at the DAM, Whistler to Cassatt will be presented in the Anschutz and Martin and McCormick galleries on Level 2 of the Hamilton Building through February 13, 2022. The exhibition will then travel to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from March 26, 2022, to July 10, 2022.

Thematically organized, the exhibition will feature seven sections, opening with a dramatic gallery reminiscent of the Paris Salon, an annual showcase of artworks that determined the success of an artist's career. Subsequent galleries will highlight a wide spectrum of artistic styles championed by American artists, including classicism, realism, tonalism, impressionism and hybrids of each— that were honed from lessons by Paris' private ateliers, official enrollment in École des BeauxArts and summer months spent at artist colonies throughout Normandy and Brittany.