November 14, 2012 - February 24, 2013
The BMA presents an intimate exhibition of more than 30 dance-themed prints,
drawings, and sculptures by the great French artist Henri Matisse. The
centerpiece of the exhibition is a rarely shown series of 11 transfer
lithographs of a dancer/acrobat moving through various positions that evolve
into an abstraction of reality, movement, and shape. These prints, drawn as
lithographs in 1931-32, but published after Matisse’s death, are among the most
eloquent examples of the artist’s way of seeing. The BMA has the largest and
most significant collection of works by Matisse in the world.
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The BMA is located on Art Museum Drive at North Charles and 31st Streets (Wyman Park), and is three miles north of Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
Organized by The Baltimore Museum of Art, this exhibition
travelled to The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and The Cleveland Museum of Art.
Faces of Impressionism:
Portraits from American Collections
by Sona Johnston, Susan Bollendorf, John House, Baltimore Museum of Art
The Impressionists redefined the concept of Western portraiture with their iconoclastic approach to art.
By focusing on ephemera, and including the sitter in a larger environment, the Impressionists removed portraiture's previous purpose of formally documenting the subjects' status for the historical record.
With this informal approach to articulating individual identities, the Impressionists captured an intimate side of their sitters, as well as their era.
"Faces of Impressionism" the first show to focus on exclusively on the portraits made by the Impressionists, as well as their immediate predecessors and successors.
Presented chronologically, this survey begins in the mid-nineteenth century with Realist artists, including Courbet and Manet, whose methods and subjects sparked the Impressionists to revolutionize painting.
This volume features the best examples from the artists who came to define the Impressionist movement, including Monet, Renoir, Cassatt, Degas, Morisot, and Pissaro, as well as later work by Cezanne and Gauguin, whose artistic advancements prefigure the course of twentieth-century painting.
"Faces of Impressionism" describes the artist's relationship with the sitter, as well as other images (paintings and/or photographs) which situate the work in the history of art. The Impressionistic developments in style and subject reflect the advancements of their society; their art reflects the bourgeois rise to power.
From Mary Cassatt's modernized Madonna and Child to Degas' Manet's, and Gauguin's images of entertainers, once can feel the creeping current of contemporary culture which parallels their more apparent, distinctive approach to painting.
As so many people who were not aristocracy or clergy could commission portraits, slowly but surely, consumerism, as dictated by the middle class, emerged.
(Not ironically, the paintings for "Faces of Impressionism" have been garnered from American collections, as, at that time, those on this side of the Atlantic purchased that which was popular in Europe.)
This volume, revealing an intimate picture of the Impressionist world, provides valuable insight into a movement that changed the course of painting forever.
Card catalog description
"This book accompanies the first major exhibition to focus exclusively on the portraits made by the Impressionist masters and their immediate predecessors.
Breaking free from portraiture's conventions, the Impressionists expanded the notion of a portrait to reflect not only an individual's appearance but also his or her everyday surroundings.
From traditional, tightly rendered likenesses to light-filled, loosely brushed paintings, the works in this volume depict a variety of subjects: friends, family members, patrons, public figures, and the artists themselves.
Reproduced are key works by fourteen pivotal figures including Gustave Caillebotte, Mary Cassatt, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, which reveal the astonishing originality and beauty of the Impressionists'
portraits." -- BOOK JACKET.
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single object in 1914, The Baltimore Museum of Art’s outstanding collection
today encompasses 90,000 works of art, including the largest holding of works by
Henri Matisse in the world. The astonishing quality and diversity of this
collection inspires many of the major traveling exhibitions organized and
presented by the BMA, as well as smaller thematic exhibitions located in
galleries throughout the Museum. Admission to the collection is free to
everyone, every day.
African Art - One of the earliest and most important collections of
African art in the United States now includes more than 2,000 objects that span
from ancient Egypt to contemporary Zimbabwe with works from Bamana, Kuba,
Ndebele, Yoruba, and many other cultures. Many pieces are distinguished by their
use in royal courts, performances, and religious contexts, and several are
internationally known as the best of their type, such as D’mba, an unparalleled
Baga female dance headdress from Guinea.
American Art - An outstanding collection of American painting, sculpture,
and decorative arts dating from the colonial era to the late 20th century
includes important regional holdings such as Maryland-related portraiture by
Charles Willson Peale, Rembrandt Peale, and other members of the renowned Peale
family; silver from Baltimore's prominent silver manufacturing company Samuel
Kirk & Son; and painted furniture by John and Hugh Finlay of Baltimore.
Antioch Mosaics – Thanks to the support of BMA Trustee Robert Garrett,
the BMA joined the Musées Nationaux de France, Worcester Art Museum, and
Princeton University in the 1932–1939 excavations of this ancient city, known
today as Antakya in southeastern Turkey, near the border of Syria. The BMA
received some of the finest mosaics from the excavation, totaling 34 pavements,
28 of which are on display in the Museum’s sunlit atrium court.
Art of the Ancient Americas – This collection includes 59 artistic
traditions ranging in time from 2500 B.C.–A.D. 1521, and features works from the
widely recognized Aztec and Maya of Mesoamerica, Chimú and Muisca of Andean
South America, and Nicoya and Atlantic Watershed of Costa Rica. Notable objects
include a finely worked serpentine figure of Olmec mastery, elegant portrayals
of Maya and Aztec noblewomen, and miniature gold votives in the Muisca
Asian Art – More than 1,000 objects from China, Japan, India, Tibet,
Southeast Asia, and the Near East are found in this collection, but its strength
is Chinese ceramics, with a particular depth in mortuary wares from the Tang
Dynasty (618–907) and utilitarian stonewares from the 11th through the 13th
centuries. Notable works include the life-sized early 15th century bronze
Guanyin, known widely as “Goddess of Mercy.” The BMA’s collection also includes
475 Japanese prints and 1,000 textiles from across Asia.
The Cone Collection - The internationally renowned Cone Collection is the
crown jewel of the BMA. In the early 20th century, Baltimore sisters Claribel
and Etta Cone visited the Paris studios of Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso and
began amassing an exceptional collection of approximately 3,000 objects, which
were displayed in their Baltimore apartments prior to coming to the Museum. The
highlight is a group of 500 works by Matisse, considered the largest in the
world, as well as masterpieces by Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van
Gogh. The Cone Sisters also collected a variety of textiles, jewelry, furniture,
and African, Asian, and Near Eastern art.
Contemporary Art - Since its founding, the BMA has been exhibiting and
collecting works by contemporary artists, resulting in major examples of
Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, and Pop Art alongside that
of emerging talent. This rapidly growing collection is housed in the 36,000
square-foot West Wing for Contemporary Art, which also serves as an exhibition
space and working environment for new projects.
European Art - Among the many treasures in the BMA’s magnificent collection of
15th- through 19th-century European art is the unparalleled masterpiece Rinaldo
and Armida (1629) by Sir Anthony van Dyck. Other masterworks include northern
European and French paintings by Frans Hals and Jean Baptiste Siméon Chardin, a
14th-century Burgundian limestone sculpture, and an exquisite Renaissance
painting by Sandro Botticelli. The BMA also has an enormous cast of Auguste
Rodin’s The Thinker (1904–17 cast, after 1880 original) and a fine selection of
decorative arts and works on paper from this period.
Modern Art – In addition to the Cone Collection, the BMA has outstanding
examples by European masters of modern art such as Juan Gris, Joan Miró, and
Piet Mondrian, as well as a strong group of paintings by Surrealists André
Masson, Matta, and Yves Tanguy. Russian artists Marc Chagall and Wassily
Kandinsky, Italian artist Alberto Giacometti, and German Expressionists Ernst
Ludwig Kirchner and Max Pechstein are also represented in the collection.
Native American Art – This diverse collection showcases Plains beadwork,
Arctic ivories, Navajo textiles, Tlingit woodcarvings, and the world-renowned
fiber arts of Washoe and Akimel O’odam (Pima). Notable among the collection is
an exquisite Old Bering Sea carving in petrified ivory, the remarkable polished
blackware of San Ildefonso master ceramicists María Martínez and Blue Corn,
Acoma pottery, and Hopi Kachina carvings from the Southwest.
Pacific Islands – This small but compelling collection is considered
among the best in the U.S. with a rich cross section of fine objects such as
jewelry, ornaments, and tapa cloths from the vibrant cultural traditions of
Melanesia and Polynesia. Of particular interest are a finely carved lizard of
dark wood and shell from Easter Island, a stunning battle pectoral created from
hundreds of Nassa shells, which highlights Middi art of New Britain, and an 18th
century royal Hawaiian necklace—one of the best of its type worldwide.
Prints, Drawings & Photographs - Considered one of the most significant
holdings of works on paper in the country, the BMA’s renowned collection of
65,000 works on paper includes 4,000 drawings and 3,000 photographs from the
15th century to the present, making it a comprehensive resource for the study of
European and American printmaking. Major strengths are 16th- and 17th-century
prints and woodcuts by Albrecth Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn, 19th-century
French drawings by Honoré Daumier and Édouard Manet, and 20th-century street
Sculpture Gardens - Nestled on nearly three acres, two terraced gardens
are home to 34 masterworks of modern and contemporary sculpture ranging from
Auguste Rodin’s striding Balzac (1892) to Alexander Calder’s soaring red 100
Yard Dash (1969), providing a 100-year survey of sculpture from the figural to
the abstract. Each summer the BMA presents the popular Jazz in the Sculpture
Garden concerts, featuring critically acclaimed national and regional jazz
Textiles - The BMA's fine collection of more than 5,000 textiles spans
nearly 2,000 years and features examples of needlework, quilts, laces,
furnishings, tapestries, costumes, accessories, wallpaper, and needlework tools
from America, Europe, India, Japan, China, the Middle East, Northern Africa, and
Central Asia. Highlights include printed and woven textiles by William Morris;
early 20th-century fabrics by Alphonse Mucha and Raoul Dufy; Japanese Buddhist
priest robes; Toiles de Jouy by Christophe-Philippe Oberkampf; and superb
examples of the world-renowned Baltimore Album Quilts.
The BMA is formally incorporated by eight civic-minded Balitimoreans.
The Museum’s inaugural exhibition opens at its temporary home in the Garrett
mansion at 101 West Monument Street. Attendance tops 6,775 during its first
Baltimore’s citizens approve a $1million dollar loan to construct a municipal
museum. Prominent neoclassical architect John Russell Pope is commissioned to
design the new building, which opens on
April 18, 1929.
One of the finest decorative arts collections in the region begins with the gift
of the BMA’s first period room (c. 1700). American decorative arts, especially
from Maryland, become a great strength in subsequent years.
Anthony van Dyck's masterpiece Rinaldo and Armida (1629), commissioned for King
Charles I of England, becomes the centerpiece of the BMA’s distinguished
collection of European art.
The BMA is one of the first art museums in the country to create an Education
Department to present tours, lectures, and classes. Today, innovative
programming reaches visitors of all ages, including 25,000 schoolchildren
An internationally renowned collection of master prints becomes the foundation
for the BMA’s outstanding holdings of prints, drawings, and photographs, which
is particularly strong in 19th-century French art.
The BMA presents one of the nation’s earliest exhibitions of African art and
goes on to form one of the most important collections on the East Coast. Several
items are internationally known as the best of their type.
The BMA brings ancient mosaics from Antioch to Baltimore after participating in
One of the earliest exhibitions of the work of contemporary African-American
artists in the country opens, marking the beginning of a distinguished record of
collecting and exhibiting both historical and contemporary works by
Committed to "improving the spirit of appreciation for modern art in Baltimore,"
Cone sisters Etta and Claribel secure the BMA’s international reputation through
their gift of works by Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne, and Gauguin―one of the most
outstanding collections of modern art in the world.
The Museum's commitment to modernism is cemented when its leaders are invited to
curate the Venice Biennale, the most prestigious international exhibition of
"Vincent van Gogh: Paintings & Drawings" draws record crowds and establishes a
new demand among the regional public for major art attractions. The 1991 Monet
exhibition breaks all previous attendance records.
With the opening of the Wurtzburger Sculpture Garden—and in 1988 the adjoining
Levi Sculpture Garden—the BMA creates an "art park" in the heart of the city
that features a 100-year survey of modern sculpture.
The BMA inaugurates its new east wing featuring an auditorium, a restaurant, The
BMA Shop, and galleries for changing exhibitions. The new facility permits the
BMA to expand its exhibition programming and to performing arts and film,
attracting a wider and more diverse audience.
The West Wing for Contemporary Art opens with 16 galleries for the display of a
diverse and growing collection of post-1960 art.
The BMA unveils completely redesigned galleries for the famed Cone Collection.
The new installation showcases the world’s most comprehensive holding of works
by Henri Matisse.
The BMA offers year-round free general admission for the first time in nearly
The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to
an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary
art. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 90,000 works of
art—including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world.
Throughout the Museum, visitors will find an outstanding selection of European
and American fine and decorative arts, 15th- through 19th-century prints and
drawings, contemporary art by established and emerging contemporary artists, and
objects from Africa, Asia, the Ancient Americas, and Pacific Islands. Two
beautifully landscaped gardens display an array of 20th-century sculpture that
is an oasis in the city.
As a major cultural destination for the greater Baltimore region, the BMA
organizes and presents a variety of dynamic exhibitions and innovative programs
throughout the year, and frequently hosts special events with cultural and
educational partners. The Museum is located three miles north of Baltimore’s
Inner Harbor in a park-like setting in the heart of Charles Village, adjacent to
the main campus of The Johns Hopkins University. It is distinguished by a grand
historic building designed in the 1920s by renowned American architect John
Russell Pope and an impressive wing for contemporary art added in 1994.
Gertrude’s restaurant and The BMA Shop are destinations unto themselves.
Visitors enjoy superb regional cuisine from celebrity chef John Shields while
overlooking the scenic sculpture gardens or listening to the popular summer jazz
concerts. The BMA Shop offers a variety of unique art-inspired gifts, including
items from local artists and craftsmen.