Sir Henry Raeburn, Reverend Robert Walker, Skating on Duddingston Loch, ca.1795. Oil on canvas. Scottish National Gallery.
SAN FRANCISCO —The de Young and the Kimbell Art Museum are pleased to announceBotticelli to Braque: Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland, a selection of paintings from Scotland’s premier art collections.
The 55 paintings in the exhibition span a period of more than 400 years (1490–1932) and include some of the greatest holdings of the Scottish National Gallery, Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art—the three institutions that comprise the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh. Ten paintings in the exhibition, all from the Scottish National Gallery, will first be presented at the Frick Collection in New York City as Masterpieces from the Scottish National Gallery, on view there from November 5, 2014, through February 1, 2015.
Paul Gauguin, Three Tahitians, 1899. Oil on canvas, 73.00 x 94.00 cm. Credit Presented by Sir Alexander Maitland in memory of his wife Rosalind 1960. NG 2221. Scottish National Gallery.
“The National Galleries of Scotland are delighted to be able to showcase key works from the Scottish national collection at three of the pre-eminent art museums in the USA,” said Sir John Leighton, director-general of the National Galleries of Scotland. “We hope that visitors to the exhibitions will be enchanted by the range of superb works on show, and we encourage them to visit Scotland and see the rest of the collection at the three sites in Edinburgh.”
Sandro Botticelli, The Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child, about 1490. Tempera And Gold On Canvas, 122.00 x 80.30 cm. Painting Purchased with the aid of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund, the Scottish Executive, the Bank of Scotland, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Sir Tom Farmer, the Dunard Fund, Mr and Mrs Kenneth Woodcock (donation made through the American Friends of the National Galleries of Scotland) and private donations 1999. NG 2709. National Galleries of Scotland.
The paintings from the Scottish National Gallery include many of the major schools of art including—Italian, French and Dutch, in addition to Scottish. Many of these works have never been seen in the United States, including Sandro Botticelli’s Virgin Adoring the Sleeping Christ Child (ca. 1490), which has not been exhibited outside of Scotland for more than 150 years. Other artists include the Renaissance masters Titian and Paolo Veronese; the 17th century painters El Greco, Diego Velázquez, Sir Anthony van Dyck, Frans Hals, Jan Lievens, Rembrandt van Rijn and Johannes Vermeer; and such 19th century figures as Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, John Singer Sargent, Paul Gauguin and Paul Cézanne. The exhibition will also feature celebrated Scottish painters Allan Ramsay and Sir Henry Raeburn.
Claude Monet, Poplars on the Epte, 1891. Oil On Canvas, 81.80 x 81.30 cm. Painting Purchased 1925. NG 1651. National Galleries of Scotland.
Additional pieces from the Scottish National Portrait Gallery will include canvases by Van Dyck, William Dobson, Sir David Wilkie and Richard Dadd. From the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art will come key paintings by Édouard Vuillard, Pablo Picasso, André Derain, Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse and Max Ernst. A particular highlight of the exhibition will be Georges Braque’s Candlestick (1911), among the first Cubist paintings to incorporate the written word.
John Singer Sargent, Lady Agnew of Lochnaw (1865 - 1932), 1892. Oil On Canvas, 127.00 x 101.00 cm. Painting Purchased with the aid of the Cowan Smith Bequest Fund 1925, NG 1656. National Galleries of Scotland.
“Both the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Kimbell Art Museum have a long tradition of presenting works from acclaimed museums not readily accessible to our publics,” said Colin B. Bailey, director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “Botticelli to Braque is a remarkable opportunity to view a group of masterpieces from three venerable institutions that together include outstanding examples by some of the greatest painters from the Renaissance to the early modern period.”
Paul Cézanne, The Big Trees, about 1902-1904. Oil on canvas, 81.00 x 65.00 cm. Presented by Mrs Anne F Kessler 1958; received after her death 1983. NG 2206. Scottish National Gallery.
“The exhibition, drawn from one of the world’s finest collections of European art, will offer visitors in both San Francisco and Fort Worth the chance to discover new works by painters already represented in their own cities—artists like El Greco, Watteau and Monet,” said Kimbell director Eric M. Lee. “Equally important is the opportunity to encounter rarely seen masterpieces by Botticelli and Vermeer, among the best-loved painters in history.”
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Thomas Gainsborough, Landscape with a View of a Distant Village, Late 1740s or early 1750s. Oil On Canvas, 75.00 x 151.00 cm. Painting Purchased 1953. NG 2174. National Galleries of Scotland.
John Constable, The Vale of Dedham, 1828. Oil On Canvas, 122.00 x 144.50 cm. Painting Purchased with the aid of The Cowan Smith Bequest and the Art Fund 1944. NG 2016. National Galleries of Scotland.
Camille Pissarro, The Marne at Chennevières, about 1864 - 1865. Oil on canvas, 91.50 x 145.50 cm. Purchased 1947. NG 2098. National Galleries of Scotland.
Diego Velázquez, An Old Woman Cooking Eggs, 1618. Oil On Canvas, 100.50 x 119.50 cm. Painting Purchased with the aid of the Art Fund and a Treasury Grant 1955. NG 2180. National Galleries of Scotland.
Jean-Antoine Watteau, Fêtes Vénitiennes, 1718 - 1719. Oil On Canvas, 55.90 x 45.70 cm. Painting, Bequest of Lady Murray of Henderland 1861. NG 439. National Galleries of Scotland.
Allan Ramsay, The Artist's Wife: Margaret Lindsay of Evelick, 1758 - 1760, Oil On Canvas, 74.30 x 61.90 cm. Painting PG Citizens of the World, Bequest of Lady Murray of Henderland 1861. NG 430. National Galleries of Scotland.
Joshua Reynolds, The Ladies Waldegrave, 1780. Oil On Canvas,143.00 x 168.30 cm. Painting Purchased with the aid of The Cowan Smith Bequest and the Art Fund 1952. NG 2171. National Galleries of Scotland.
Edgar Degas, Diego Martelli (1839 - 1896), 1879. Oil On Canvas, 110.40 x 99.80 cm. Painting Purchased 1932. NG 1785. National Galleries of Scotland.
Henry Raeburn, Colonel Alastair Ranaldson Macdonell of Glengarry (1771 - 1828), exhibited 1812. Oil On Canvas, 241.90 x 151.10 cm. Painting Purchased 1917. NG 420. National Galleries of Scotland.