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Jan de Bray and the Classical Tradition

September 6 – December 4, 2005

This small, focused exhibition brings together four paintings by Dutch master Jan de Bray and one by Peter Paul Rubens. De Bray was one of the leading portrait and history painters in Haarlem, a city at the center of the Dutch Golden Age. This exhibition is the first to explore the distinctions in De Bray’s work between formal portraiture and the portrait historié—a type of portraiture in which the sitter plays a role in a historical or allegorical guise.

Jan de Bray, (Dutch, 1627-1697
The Penitent Magdalene, 1678
Oil on panel
Private Collection
Mary Ann Currier, (American, born 1927)
White Onions on Bag, 20th century
Oil on canvas
Gift of Mrs. George Norton, Jr. 1984.3
Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky

Mary Ann Currier: A Retrospective Contemplating the Contemporary Still-Life

October 4, 2005 – December 18, 2005

This retrospective of the work of Louisville painter Mary Ann Currier will illustrate the continued vitality of realism in contemporary art, emphasizing the visual poetry in the artist’s large-scale still life paintings. The exhibition will also include examples of Currier’s early abstract and figurative works, along with drawings and photographs. The focus of the exhibition will be on Currier’s magnificent and meditative still lifes, which constitute her remarkable contribution to contemporary American realism. This retrospective of Mary Ann Currier’s work will include approximately 35 major paintings, from the early 1970's to the present.

Edouard Manet, (French, 1832 – 1883)
Portrait of Berthe Morisot Reclining, 1873
Oil on canvas
H. 26 cm L. 34 cm.
Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, France/Bridgeman Art Library

Berthe Morisot: An Impressionist and Her Circle

June 7 – September 18, 2005

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This exhibition features paintings, watercolors and drawings from the Musée Marmottan-Monet in Paris by female Impressionist painter Berthe Morisot (1841-1895) and paintings from Morisot’s own art collection, including paintings by Degas, Manet, Renoir, and Monet.

Along with Mary Cassatt, Morisot was the most well-known and successful female Impressionist painter and one of the most important woman artists of the nineteenth century. She was the first woman to join the artistic circle of the Impressionist, and she exhibited her paintings of intimate domestic interiors, portraits, garden scenes, landscapes, and coastal scenes in all but one of the Impressionist exhibitions of the 1870s and 1880s. Morisot’s paintings of modern Parisian life were highly influenced by her brother-in-law, Edouard Manet, yet Morisot’s work is distinct in its spontaneity and in its brighter, more vivid palette. In fact, it was Morisot who persuaded Manet to lighten his palette.

This is the first time this collection from the Musée Marmottan-Monet has traveled to the United States. Selected photographs and documents from the Morisot archives at the Musée Marmottan-Monet is Paris will be included in the exhibition.

Charles M. Russell
Detail: The Wolves, 1914
Glenbow Museum

Brown-Forman and Woodford Reserve present - Capturing Western Legends: Russell and Remington's Canadian Frontier

February 8 - May 8, 2005

This exhibition includes paintings, drawings, and sculptures by the two most famous artists of the American West, Charles Russell and Frederic Remington. These two artists celebrated the West in a way that blurred the distinction between the imagined and the real. Each depicted the romance of the West, and together, they defined many of the themes that make up the myth of the American West. Featuring images of cowboys, cavalrymen, bronco busters, Native Americans, vast western frontier landscapes, stampedes, and conflict scenes, these artists' works deal with the life and death struggles of the individual against overwhelming forces. The exhibition also includes a large selection of artifacts, such as letters, journals, costume elements, weaponry, and photographs relating to subjects depicted in the artists' work. Tickets are $8, free for Museum members and are available at the Speed Art Muserum or they may be purchased in advance by calling (502) 584-1205.

This Exhibition is organized and circulated by the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Alberta, Canada



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