Symposium: "Anders Zorn: Sweden's Master Painter"

January 25, 2014 - 10:00am4:30pm

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.

Houghton Hall: Portrait of an English Country House

October 18, 2014January 18, 2015

Discover the history and elegance of Houghton Hall, one of England’s grandest country houses, built in the 1720s by Sir Robert Walpole (1676–1745), Britain’s first prime minister. Constructed in the Palladian style by architects James Gibbs and Colen Campbell and decorated by the influential designer William Kent, it has survived through the centuries in a remarkably well-preserved state.

Houghton Hall

L: William Kent, architectural drawing for the Marble Parlour at Houghton Hall, ca. 1730. Black and brown ink and brown wash on paper. Collection of Marquess of Cholmondeley, Houghton Hall. R: John Singer Sargent, Portrait of Sybil, Countess Rocksavage, later Marchioness of Cholmondeley, 1913. Oil on canvas. Marquess of Cholmondeley, Houghton Hall. Photo: Bridgeman Art Library

Houghton Hall

Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art

March 29, 2014August 3, 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.

Ticket Information 

Adults $21–$24, seniors 65+ $18–$21, students with current ID $17–$20, youths 6–17 $11–$14, members and children 5 and under free. Prices subject to change without notice.

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Groups of 10 or more have access to priority booking and private tours. Contact the group sales office at groupsales@famsf.org or 415.750.3620.

This exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. The presentation at the Legion of Honor is made possible by:

Director's Circle

William K. Bowes, Jr. Foundation

President’s Circle

Clare C. McEvoy Charitable Remainder Unitrust and Jay D. McEvoy Trust
Diane B. Wilsey

Conservator’s Circle

Mrs. George F. Jewett

Benefactor's Circle

The Estate of Harriet E. Lang
Shirley Liebhaber
Anne G. McWilliams
The Selz Foundation, Inc.
The Wurzel Trust

Patron’s Circle

Sonja and Bill Davidow
Rajnikant and Helen Desai
Greta R. Pofcher
Mary Barbara and Andrea Schultz
David A. Wollenberg

Media Sponsors

Community Partners

Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art

L: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Madame Henriot, ca. 1876. Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, gift of the Adele R. Levy Fund, Inc. R: Paul Cézanne, Still Life with Milk Jug and Fruit, ca. 1900. Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington, gift of the Averell Harriman Foundation in memory of Marie N. Harriman

Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art

Free Museum Day at the Legion of Honor for District 4 Residents

Legion of Honor
November 16, 2013 - 9:30am5:15pm

Supervisor Katy Tang and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco would like to invite all District 4 residents to enjoy free general admission at the Legion of Honor on Saturday, November 16, 2013.

Please bring your photo ID and proof of residence (zip codes 94122 and 94116) to enjoy free general admission.  Proof of residence can include a piece of mail, utility bill, or current government issued photo ID.

District 4 Day at the Legion of Honor

November 16, 2013 - 9:30am5:15pm

Supervisor Tang and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco invite all San Francisco District 4 residents to enjoy free general admission at the beautiful Legion of Honor on Saturday, November 16, 2013. The museum showcases sculptures by Auguste Rodin, including his iconic work, The Thinker, as well as great paintings, sculptures, and antiquities from all over the world.

Docent Lecture: "California Palace of the Legion of Honor: The Rest of the Story," by Rita Dunlay

November 5, 2013 - 2:15pm3:15pm

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.

Docent Lecture: "Action and Reaction: The Avant-Garde at the Turn of the Century," by Marsha Holm

November 30, 2013 - 2:15pm3:15pm

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.

Docent Lecture: "Anders Zorn: Sweden's Master Painter," by Maureen O'Brien

 Anders Zorn, "Reveil,bBoulevard Clichy",1892.
November 30, 2013 - 1:00pm2:00pm
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. In Paris Zorn matched the Impressionists as a chronicler of modern life. In America he rivaled John Singer Sargent as a sought-after portraitist of glittering high society. And in Sweden Zorn captured his native folk culture and the Nordic landscape.

Docent Lecture: "Artful Animals," Julia Geist

Anonymous Indian artist, Composite Camel, 19th century
November 5, 2013 - 1:00pm2:00pm

From sustenance to companionship, animals have played a variety of roles in our lives and inspire a range of emotions—fear, love, awe—as well as a host of symbolic associations. This exhibition draws from the vast resources of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts to produce a compelling portrait of the animal world, represented in a wide array of cultures, artistic styles, and media from about AD 1500 to the present.


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