On February 7 at noon PST join a diverse group of participants hosted by the Legion of Honor and the Google Art Project for an Art Talk about the true stories of the Monuments Men. Participants include:
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.
Join a museum docent on a tour of the European art collection. Tours start promptly in the Rotunda.
Join a museum docent for a quick tour of the museum's masterworks. Tours meet promptly in the Rotunda.
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.
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.
Some portraits flatter, others caricature, and still others were done as an act of revenge. Take an entertaining look at these artworks—glamorous and elegant, commanding and supercilious—and hear intriguing stories, fascinating facts, and amusing anecdotes about the art of portraiture.
Intrigued by the challenges of painting a predominately white subject, the French Impressionists, in depicting winter landscapes, explored infinite combinations of color and light to create images that still resonate today.