Antiquities to Impressionism: The William A. Clark Collection
In 1925, Senator William A. Clark (1839-1925) bequeathed to the Corcoran Gallery of Art an extraordinary collection of European and American art that affirmed the Museum's reputation as one of the most important art institutions in the nation. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of his gift, the Corcoran presents Antiquities to Impressionism, an exhibition featuring more than 250 of these impressive works. From painting and sculpture to drawing and the decorative arts, the exhibition showcases the great depth and variety of this magnificent gift.
Antiquities to Impressionism featured the most outstanding examples from the Clark Collection. Highlights of the exhibition include Jan van Goyen's breathtaking View of Rhenen (1646) and distinguished portrait pendants by Thomas Gainsborough (c.1786). These masterworks are complemented by the 18th-century pair, The Departure and Camping by Jean Baptiste Pater; a refined Chardin, Scullery Maid (1738); and the gorgeous Portrait of Madame du Barry by Marie Louise Vigée Le Brun (1782). The show also presents undisputed masterpieces by Corot including The Moored Boatman: Souvenir of an Italian Lake (1861) as well as Edgar Degas' newly restored The Ballet Class (1880).