Claude Lorrain's beautiful paintings and drawings responded to the topography and atmospheric effects of the Roman countryside. One of the most inventive artists of the 17th century, he established a new landscape style that remained influential well into the 19th century.
Florence Gould Theater
Martin Chapman is curator in charge of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
Renée Dreyfus is the curator in charge of ancient art and interpretation at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
This single-gallery installation features 23 paintings, drawings, and bronzes by Henri Matisse from the internationally acclaimed collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, joined by four important paintings and drawings from the collection of the Fine Arts Museums. The exhibition traces four decades of Matisse's career, from a still life inspired by Paul Cézanne to his richly patterned depictions of interiors.
Featuring 100 works drawn from public and private collections throughout Europe and the United States, this major retrospective promises to be a revelation for those yet to discover the vibrant artistic personality of Sweden's master painter. The peripatetic Zorn matched the Impressionists in Paris as a chronicler of modern life, while in America he rivaled John Singer Sargent as a sought-after portraitist of glittering high society and in his homeland of Sweden he captured his native folk culture and the Nordic landscape.
Moderated by James A. Ganz, Curator of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, this daylong series of discussions and lectures will bring experts together to talk about the work and life of Anders Zorn. Topics to be explored include Zorn's house and family, his watercolors, how his work relates to John Singer Sargent's, and more.
The afternoon lectures will begin with a choral performance led by Ragnar Bohlin, director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus.
Learn what makes our very own Legion of Honor the most beautifully situated museum in the country; the story behind the museums' benefactress Alma de Bretteville Spreckels; and how this building and its collections reflect Spreckels's love of France.
What makes progressive art not just new and different, but something that will have a long-term impact? Something that will make future artists act and react? This lecture puts works by Cézanne, Van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, and others from their era in the context of their times.