Encouraging American Genius: Master Paintings from the Corcoran Gallery of Art
Exceptional quality and breadth characterize the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s internationally recognized collection of pre-1945 American paintings. Encouraging American Genius: Master Paintings from the Corcoran Gallery of Art features more than 85 canvases selected from the museum’s rich holdings. For the first time in more than 10 years, these paintings, which comprise the historical core collection of Washington’s oldest art museum, will be shown together in the Corcoran’s landmark galleries. Iconic works collected by Gallery founder William Wilson Corcoran, including landscapes by such renowned artists as Thomas Cole and Frederic Church, will be exhibited alongside important canvases by major painters such as John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper and Aaron Douglas acquired after Corcoran’s death. In addition to these paintings, the exhibition will showcase two sketchbooks containing Albert Bierstadt’s initial ideas for his majestic canvas The Last of the Buffalo; the volumes, recently acquired by the Corcoran and never exhibited publicly, will be shown alongside the finished painting.