Mary Cassatt was born on this day in 1844. To celebrate, take a virtual "stroll" through our French galleries by exploring a few works by the artist.
From an early age, Cassatt knew she wanted to be an artist. She began her formal studies in her native Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She continued her education across the Atlantic, traveling to Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands. In 1874 she settled permanently in Paris. By 1877, she had joined the progressive group of artists known as the impressionists. She was the only American to exhibit with this radical group of independents.
"Young Girl at a Window," c. 1883-1884 "Children Playing on the Beach," 1884 "The Bath," 1890-1891 "The Visitor," c. 1880 ...
Opening today! "America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting" brings together hidden gems and major stars from collections across America for a summer in the nation’s capital! From every corner of the country—Pittsburgh to Indianapolis, Birmingham to Phoenix—these works tell the story of the collectors, curators, museum directors, and dealers responsible for bringing the paintings across the Atlantic and into the collections they now call home.
Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi was born in California in 1904. After an apprenticeship with a cabinetmaker in Japan, the artist spent 7 months studying with Constantin Brancusi in his Paris studio. Brancusi encouraged Noguchi to work abstractly.
Carving stone enabled Noguchi to reflect, to engage in silent dialogue with forms and shapes that lay concealed. For him, the space around the sculpture was as important as the sculpture itself. The artist had a deep friendship with I.M. Pei, who designed our East Building.
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Isamu Noguchi, "Great Rock of Inner Seeking," 1974, basalt, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Arthur M. Sackler, M.D., and Mortimer D. Sackler, M.D. ...
Happy #InternationalMuseumDay and #ArtMuseumDay! As the nation's art museum, we love to see how you connect with works of art each and every day. Sometimes it's through making art, sometimes it is by taking a photograph, and many times it is by looking closely.