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Past Exhibitions

Corot to Cézanne
French Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and
Mrs. Paul Mellon at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

January 25 - June 2

Curated by Bruce Boucher, Director

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon's generous gifts to the Commonwealth of Virginia include French, British sporting, and American paintings and sculpture on display at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, as well as over a thousand prints and drawings. This exhibition features highlights from their important collection of French drawings. The works span almost 150 years from the nineteenth to the early twentieth century, and include masters such as Géricault, Delacroix, Ingres, Renoir, Pissarro, Degas, Cézanne, and Picasso. A small group of works by other artists are included by virtue of their affinity with the aims of the French School during one of its most creative and innovative periods. The works on view range from formal academic studies to more experimental ones; they document change, not only across the period, but also within the work of individual artists like Corot.

In his autobiography, Paul Mellon wrote of his affinity for drawings such as these, noting "...preliminary drawings or sketches in oil or pastel often have an immediacy and emotional appeal far greater than the final canvas." It is hoped that visitors to this exhibition will share Mr. Mellon's enthusiasm.

The Fralin Museum of Art's programming is made possible by the generous support of The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.

The exhibition is supported by the Paul Mellon Endowment at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and by The Fralin Museum of Art Volunteer Board, Albemarle Magazine, and Ivy Publications LLC's Charlottesville Welcome Book.

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Patrons' Reception
Thursday, January 24
5:30 - 7:30 pm
In the Museum

Final Friday Receptions
January 25, February 22, March 29 & April 26
5:30 - 7:30 pm
In the Museum

Family Art JAMs
Compelling Contours from Corot to Cézanne
Saturday, January 26 & Sunday, January 27

Creating Compositions from Corot to Cézanne
Saturday, February 16 & Sunday, February 17

The Sublime Equine: The Art of the Horse
Saturday, May 11 & Sunday, May 12

1-3 & 3-5 pm
RSVP 434.243.2050

Saturday Special Tours
by Mitchell Merling
January 26

by Bruce Boucher
May 18
2 - 3 pm
In the Museum

Lunchtime Talk
by Corey Piper
Tuesday, March 5
12 - 1 pm
In the Museum

Young Woman Trying on a Hat

Edouard Vuillard, French, 1868-1940
Young Woman Trying on a Hat, c.
Oil on cardboard, 16 x 12 in, 40.64 x
     30.48 cm
Courtesy of Virginia Museum of Fine
     Arts, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon
     Collection, 95.24
Photo: Katherine Wetzel
© Virginia Museum of Fine Arts