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Degas, Impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade

Tue, 10/04/2016

Edgar Degas, The Milliners, about 1882 - before 1905. Oil on canvas, 59.1 × 72.4 cm (23 1/4 × 28 1/2 in.). The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

February 12 – May 7, 2017 | St. Louis Art Museum
June 24 – Sept. 24, 2017 | Legion of Honor

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 04, 2016—Best known for his depictions of Parisian dancers and laundresses, Edgar Degas (French, 1834-1917) was enthralled with another aspect of life in the French capital—high-fashion hats and the women who created them. The artist, invariably well-dressed and behatted himself, “yet dared to go into ecstasies in front of the milliners’ shops,” Paul Gauguin wrote of his lifelong friend.

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Legion of Honor Launches Official App

Thu, 01/21/2016

Legion of Honor app

App uses Interactive 3D Mapping & Indoor Positioning Technology

SAN FRANCISCO (January 21, 2016) – The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to unveil the official app for the Legion of Honor. Taking advantage of Apple’s latest developments in indoor positioning, the app serves as a personal tour guide for museum-goers, allowing visitors to wander the galleries as if on a private curatorial tour. This is the first app for the Legion of Honor.

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Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective

Thu, 12/17/2015
Oscar de la Renta, Evening dress, Spring 2012. Emerald-green silk taffeta, black Battenburg lace. Oscar de la Renta. (Peter Michael Dills/Getty Images)

World Premiere
de Young, San Francisco | March 12 – May 30, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are pleased to present the world premiere retrospective of Oscar de la Renta’s work – the first major survey celebrating the life and career of one of fashion’s most influential designers. The exhibition is organized in close collaboration with the House of Oscar de la Renta and the designer’s family, and is curated by André Leon Talley, former American editor-at-large for Vogue and a lifelong friend of de la Renta.

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The Book and the Binding

Reva and David Logan Gallery of Illustrated Books
November 17, 2012March 24, 2013

It was not until the emergence of the artist book in the 20th century that book bindings—a book’s front and back covers and spine—came to be appreciated as more than merely protective or decorative. In the early 1900s, any deluxe artist book—with original print illustrations by a well-known artist, printed on fine papers, and issued unbound in limited quantity—fairly cried out for a creative binding.

The Book and the Binding

Paul Bonet, binding design for the book Nuits de Paris, by Francis Carco (Paris: Au Sans Pareil, 1927), 1927. Onlays of leather with gold tooling. FAMSF, gift of Earl M. Collier Jr. in honor of Ann and Bill Anderson

Artful Animals, Part 1

November 17, 2012April 28, 2013

Since the dawn of time, human beings have been fascinated with the animal world. Depictions of animals are some of the earliest known artistic efforts, dating back to the Paleolithic Era. And this interest has never abated. From sustenance to companionship, animals play a variety of roles in our lives and inspire a range of emotions—fear, love, awe—as well as a host of symbolic associations.

composite camel

Anonymous Indian artist. Composite Camel, 19th century. Miniature. Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts. 1963.24.694 

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Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette

November 17, 2012March 31, 2013

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco present an unparalleled collection of decorative arts from the Musée du Louvre, Paris, including some of the most exquisite treasures of the French monarchy from the time of Louis XIV until the Revolution of 1789.

Ticket Information 

Adults $20, Seniors 65+ $17, Students with current ID $16, Youths 13-17 $10 and Members and Children 12 and under are free.

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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.

Exhibition organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco with the exceptional collaboration of the Musée du Louvre.

Grand Patrons
Cynthia Fry Gunn and John A. Gunn

Major Patron
San Francisco Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums

Louvre Circle
Mr. and Mrs. Adolphus Andrews, Jr.
Stephanie Ejabat
Richard B. Gump Trust
Mr. and Mrs. William Hamilton
Mr. and Mrs. Kevin C. Lynch

The luxury hotel sponsor is Taj Campton Place.

The catalogue is published with the assistance of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment for Publications.

Royal Treasures from the Louvre

L: Portrait of Louis XIV, 17th century. Goldsmith-jeweler: Laurent Tessier Montarsy (?–1684). Miniature painting, silver, and diamond. Inv.: OA12280. Photo: Jean-Gilles Berizzi. C: Agate ewer. Paris, c. 1650. Enamelled gold mount. Entered the collection of Louis XIV before 1673. Inv.: MR231. Photo: Jean-Gilles Berizzi. R: Bust of Marie-Antoinette. Commissioned by Prince Alexandre Kourakine. 1782. Hard-paste porcelain. Inv.: OA10898. Photo: Peter Harholdt.

René Bouché: Letters from Post-War Paris

July 14, 2012October 14, 2012

In 1940, art director and fashion illustrator René Bouché (1905-1963) left war-torn Paris for New York and became a regular contributor to Vogue magazine. In 1945, Vogue commissioned Bouché, who was an art director and fashion illustrator in Paris before World War II, to cover the first post-war couture shows in Paris. The trip to Europe was traumatic for the artist, who discovered a people struggling to regain normalcy after the war.

René Bouché

L: René Robert Bouché, “La Parisienne,” from The Morning After, Paris, 1945. Pen, ink, and color wash. Gift of Denise B. Fitch in memory of my late husband, René Robert Bouché (1905–1963). 2010.61.2.13. R: René Robert Bouché, "5 o'clock beer—cherchez la femme, never mind where and how" from The Morning After, Paris, 1945. Pen, ink and color wash on paper  Gift of Denise B. Fitch in memory of my late husband, René Robert Bouché (1905–1963). 2010.61.2.15

Marcel Duchamp: The Book and the Box

Reva and David Logan Gallery of Illustrated Books
July 14, 2012November 11, 2012

The rarely seen Boîte en Valise (1941) and Sur Marcel Duchamp (1959) take center stage in this small-focus exhibition featuring seven artworks by Marcel Duchamp (1877–1968) that refuse to conform to traditional bibliographic structure, hovering between book, objet d’art, and sculpture. The Boîte for example is a leather suitcase that contains miniature replicas, photographs, and color reproductions of Duchamp’s other works.

Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp, Self-Portrait in Profile, from Sur Marcel Duchamp/Eau et gaz à tous les étages by Robert Lebel (Paris: Editions Trianon, 1959). Torn-paper collage. Museum Purchase, Reva and David Logan Collection of Illustrated books, Reva and David Logan Fund. 2001.19.3

Gifts from the Gods: Art and the Olympic Ideal

July 28, 2012June 23, 2013

Plato considered both art and athletics to be gifts from the gods, and the connection between art and sports in ancient Greece can be viewed as an aspect of its religious beliefs as well as its competitive spirit. Every fourth year for a thousand years, from 776 BC to AD 395, the pageantry of the Olympic festival attracted citizens from all over the Greek world. The Games at Olympia were held in honor of Zeus, and a visit to these competitions was also a pilgrimage.


Support for the exhibition is provided by Richard Beleson in memory of the 1972 Israeli Olympic Team.

Red-figure Kylix (detail). Greek, Athens, 440−430 bc. Painter of London E 777 Painter. Terracotta. Interior: Two athletes. Exterior: Athletes conversing. Gift of the Queen of Greece through Alma de Bretteville Spreckels. 1925.346.16


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