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Rediscovering Great Artists

Exceptional exhibitions featured at the Kimbell over the last half century

Exhibition 1/3 Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun June to August 1982

The Kimbell’s exhibition of the paintings of Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755–1842), one of the foremost female painters of all time, was the first retrospective ever devoted to her art. Marking the 10th anniversary of the museum, the exhibition featured the artist’s early self-portrait—an early purchase by the Kimbell’s founders.

Exhibition 2/3 Gustave Caillebotte:
The Painter’s Eye
November 2015 to February 2016

During the height of Impressionism in the 1870s and 1880s, Gustave Caillebotte produced some of the movement’s most daring paintings. Experimenting with radical points of view and audacious perspective, he created images of modern life that are unforgettable. The painter’s distinctive genius is revealed by such masterworks as Paris Street, Rainy Day (Art Institute of Chicago), Floor Scrapers (Musée d’Orsay), and two versions of the Pont de l’Europe (Association des amis du Petit Palais, Geneva, and Kimbell Art Museum), along with paintings from museums and private collections throughout the world. Together, they will present to American audiences for the first time in a generation the full range of Caillebotte’s extraordinary vision.

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Exhibition 3/3 The Brothers Le Nain:
Painters of Seventeenth-Century France
May to November 2016

The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of Seventeenth-Century France was organized by the Kimbell Art Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco—among only eight public collections in the United States to boast one or more paintings by these remarkable, but still little-known, artists.

This exhibition marks the first celebration of their art in North America since 1947, when the Toledo Museum of Art mounted a small exhibition of their paintings. In fact, it is only the second exhibition held anywhere in the world, at any time, to focus on the brothers’ full production—with altarpieces, portraits, and mythologies, in addition to those scenes of beggars and peasants for which the brothers are now most famous.

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Le Nain: Painters of the Seventeenth-
Century France

a painting by The Brothers Le Nain