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Lecture: "Jean-Honore Fragonard at the Legion and the Frick", by Colin B. Bailey, Director, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French, 1732–1806, "The Useless Resistance (La Resistance Inutile)", ca. 1770
March 6, 2014 -

Colin B. Bailey is the Director for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and an internationally-respected art historian and curator. He most recently served as Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at The Frick Collection in New York, and he held a similar position at the National Gallery of Canada. He has also held curatorial positions at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. Born in London, Bailey earned his doctorate in art history at Oxford University.

Docent Lecture: "Impressionist Paris: City of Light", by Jim Kohn

Parisian street in circa 1865
March 30, 2014 -

From the dark alleys at the dawn of the Impressionist era to the world of color and light of the early 20th century, the city of Paris was a continual source of inspiration for the artists and photographers who adopted it as a subject. Originally presented in conjunction with the exhibition Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay, this presentation features prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, and illustrated books from the permanent collection and several distinguished private collections.

Docent Lecture: "Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art", by Rita Dunlay

Portrait by Renoir and still life by Cézanne
March 30, 2014 -

Intimate Impressionism, on view at the Legion of Honor from March 29 through August 3, 2014, showcases approximately 70 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, interiors, and portraits, from the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Docent Lecture: "Matisse from SFMOMA", by Rita Dunlay

Paintings by Henri Matisse
March 4, 2014 -

Celebrating the Bay Area’s longstanding enthusiasm for Henri Matisse, Matisse from SFMOMA traces four decades of the artist’s career—from his early, Cézanne-inspired still lifes to his richly patterned and brightly colored figural paintings made in the 1920s and 1930s.

This intimate exhibition features 23 paintings, drawings, and bronzes from the internationally acclaimed collection of works by Matisse at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), joined by two paintings and two drawings from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s own important Matisse holdings.

Symposium: "The Salon Doré: French 18th-Century Interiors and the American Museum"

conservation treatment of a large mirror
April 5, 2014 -

As the Salon Doré from the Hôtel de La Trémoille at the Legion of Honor reopens after an extensive renovation project, join us for a daylong symposium dedicated to exploring the idea of the Salon Doré and the Parisian hôtel.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets for the symposium are sold out. Tune in online here on April 5 at 9:45 am for a live stream of the event, viewable in the player below.

Family Day: Matisse and the Artist Book

Matisse Book
February 8, 2014 -

Matisse Family Day celebration in conjunction with Matisse from SFMOMA and Matisse and the Artist Book

11 am–1 pm
Art making activities for all: Make your own artist book
Artist demonstration with paper artist Sara Burgess

noon–3 pm
Live chamber music featuring Friction Quartet in partnership with the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music 

4–4:45 pm
Organ concert featuring music of the Matisse era

Docent Lecture: "Rembrandt's Century", by Jim Kohn

Lambert Doomer, Salt Flats at Le Croisic, and Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait Drawing at a Window
February 4, 2014 -

Drawing largely from the Fine Arts Museums' collection of works on paper, this lecture examines a wide range of artworks from the 17th century, focusing on a generous selection of etchings by Rembrandt van Rijn. The lecture also explores Rembrandt's predecessors and his followers, who produced virtuosic engravings, etchings, ink drawings, watercolors, and more.


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