Exploring Impressionist Masterpieces
Exceptional exhibitions featured at the Kimbell over the last half century
Exhibition 1/3 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings from the USSR:
French Masterpieces of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries August to September 1973
“The monumental import of the exhibition . . . lies not only in the superb quality of the works and the fact that they will be seen by Texans for the first time, but in the fact that the majority of them have never before been on view outside the Soviet Union.”-Jan Butterfield, Star-Telegram, April 29, 1973
The exhibition surveys the achievements of Impressionism, representing each one of its major exponents. Of greatest interest to the American public may be the work of Matisse and Picasso, who, along with Braque, have made incalculable contributions to the development of Western Painting in the 20th century.
Exhibition 2/3 Cézanne to Matisse:
Great French Paintings from the Barnes Collection April to August 1994
“. . . the greatest single collection of its kind ever assembled on this continent”-Hilton Kramer, NY Observer, 1993
Since the death of Dr. Barnes in 1951, none of the works of art have been reproduced in color or lent, and visitation was restricted until 1961, when The Barnes Foundation opened to the public two and one-half days a week. The Kimbell Art Museum will be the only U.S. venue besides Washington and Philadelphia to have the opportunity to display the works in a museum setting before the paintings are returned to their permanent home, now under renovation.
Exhibition 3/3 Monet: The Late Years June to September 2019
“Claude Monet is Impressionism’s poster boy. His exquisitely modulated, serial views of haystacks, cathedral façades and rows of poplars in changing light, conjured up by stabs and strokes of subtly varied hues, are paradigms of 19th-century modernism. Monet lived until 1926. When he died, at age 86, he had spent the quarter century since 1900 painting many of the most astonishing and often just plain gorgeous works of his long life. By surveying this extended period of daring innovation, the dazzling exhibition Monet: The Late Years. . . reveals Monet to have been not just the quintessential Impressionist, but also one of the most inventive, radical painters of the 20th century.”-Karen Wilkin, Wall Street Journal, April 2, 2019