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Henri Matisse (French, 1869–1954), Tulips, 1914. Oil on canvas; 114.3 x 90 cm. Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift.

CLEVELAND, OH.- The Cleveland Museum of Art announced the gift and promised gift of more than 100 Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and modern European and American paintings, drawings, and prints; Chinese and Japanese ceramics; and other works of art from the collection of Clevelanders Joseph P. and Nancy F. Keithley. Valued at more than $100 million, the gift is the largest to the CMA since the 1958 bequest of Leonard C. Hanna Jr.

Ninety-seven of the works have come to the museum as outright gifts; another 17 are promised gifts that will enter the museum’s collection in the future. The gift and promised gift comprise five paintings by Pierre Bonnard; four each by Maurice Denis and Edouard Vuillard; two each by Milton Avery, Georges Braque, Gustave Caillebotte, Joan Mitchell, and Félix Valloton; and individual pictures of outstanding quality by Henri-Edmond Cross, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, and Andrew Wyeth. Among the works on paper are six watercolors by John Marin, five drawings by Bonnard, and a spectacular pastel by Eugène Boudin.

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Pierre Bonnard (French, 1867-1947), Nude Rising from Bed (Le Lever Nu),  1912. Oil on cardboard, mounted to panel. Unframed: 74.9 x 101.6 cm (29 1/2 x 40 in.). Promised Gift of Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley 9.2020

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Eugène Boudin (French, 1824-1898), Seascape with Open Sky (Marine au grand ciel), 1860. Pastel on paper. Unframed: 21.3 x 28.7 cm (8 3/8 x 11 5/16 in.). Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.116. 

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Milton Avery (American, 1885–1965), Hens and Chickens, 1948. Oil on canvas; 99.1 x 139.7 cm. Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift.

The entire collection – all the Keithleys’ gifts and promised gifts – have been transferred to the museum, and beginning on Tuesday, March 17, a selection of the works will be on view in the CMA’s permanent collection galleries. A large-scale exhibition of the Keithley gift will take place in fall 2022 and be accompanied by a comprehensive publication.

It is incredibly exciting to see such a wide range of important works added to the museum’s collection,” said Scott Mueller, chairman of the board of the Cleveland Museum of Art. “Visitors from Cleveland and around the globe will benefit from Nancy and Joe’s keen collecting vision and abundant generosity.”

Nancy and Joseph Keithley are longtime, generous supporters of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Mrs. Keithley became a trustee of the museum in 2001, and from 2006 to 2011 she was chair of its Accessions Advisory and Collections committees. She has also served as a member of the Finance Committee and is currently a member of the board’s Executive, Buildings and Grounds, and Collections committees. She is also a trustee of the Musical Arts Association, which oversees the Cleveland Orchestra.

Joe and I are thrilled to be giving back to our community,” said Mrs. Keithley. “Cleveland is our home and we have enjoyed building our lives here. It is important to us to share our collection with our fellow Northeast Ohioans, and we felt the Cleveland Museum of Art was a perfect home for the works of art we have assembled, cherished, and now joyfully make available to all.”

An engineer by training, Mr. Keithley is the former chairman of the board, president and CEO of Keithley Instruments, Inc., a company that he led for seventeen years. He is a member of the boards of the Holden Forests & Gardens, the Cleveland Foundation, and LAND Studio and a trustee emeritus of Case Western Reserve University.

In 2013 the Keithleys established the Keithley Institute for Art History, a collaborative program of the museum and Case Western Reserve University to train future curators, scholars, museum directors and academic leaders. The program emphasizes an “object-oriented” approach to the teaching of art history, integrating theory with the direct observation of works in the museum’s celebrated permanent collection. The Keithleys’ gift will facilitate this effort, bolstering the number and high caliber of works available for study.

Mr. Keithley commented, “For Nancy and me, collecting has been a true joy, and we are delighted that these works will inspire museum visitors from Cleveland and around the world. That they will also be available to students—and will inform the teaching of art history and museology at the Keithley Institute—is especially exciting for us."

The Chinese Ceramic Collection 

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Pair of Qingbai Ware Bowls with Covers, China, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279), 12.5 x 15.5 cm (4 15/16 x 6 1/8 in.)Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift, 2020.173.

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Lobed Vase, China, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), Kangxi reign (1661-1722)20.3 x 12 cm (8 x 4 3/4 in.)Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift, 2020.174.

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Black Glazed Tea Bowl, 1100s–1200s, China, Fujian Province, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279). Black glazed ceramic, Jian ware, 6.5 x 12 cm (2 9/16 x 4 3/4 in.) Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.175.

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Black Glazed Tea Bowl, 1100s–1200s, China, Fujian Province, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279). Black glazed ceramic, Jian ware, 5.6 x 14 cm (2 3/16 x 5 1/2 in.) Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.176.

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Black Glazed Tea Bowl, China, Jiangxi Province, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279). Black glazed ceramic with "quail-spot" pattern, Jizhou ware, 6 x 11.6 cm (2 3/8 x 4 9/16 in.), Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.177.

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Pair of lead glazed jars of owl shape, the cover modeled in the shape of an owl's head, China, Henan Province, Western Han dynasty (206 BC–AD 8), 19 x 13.8 x 11.8 cm (7 1/2 x 5 7/16 x 4 5/8 in.), Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.178.

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Wucai Baluster Jar and Cover, c. 1640, China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Chongzhen reign (1628-1644), 36.5 cm (14 3/8 in.), Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.179.

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Yellow Glazed Bowl, China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Zhengde mark and reign (1505-21). Porcelain, 18.1 cm (7 1/8 in.), Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.180.

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Bowl with Scrolling Lotus Design, China, Longquan ware, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279). Stoneware, celadon ware, 6.6 x 15.5 cm (2 5/8 x 6 1/8 in.), Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.181.

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 Dish with Floral Designs, 1100s–1200s, China, Qingbai ware, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279). Porcelain with bluish-white glaze, 6.5 x 17.2 cm (2 9/16 x 6 3/4 in.), Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift, 2020.182.

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Dish with Floral Designs, 1100s–1200s, China, Qingbai ware, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279). Ceramic with bluish-white glaze, 4.5 x 18 cm (1 3/4 x 7 1/16 in.), Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift, 2020.183.

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Jar with four lug handles, China, Jingdezhen ware, Southern Song dynasty (960-1279). Ceramic with yellowish-white glaze, 15 x 13 cm (5 7/8 x 5 1/8 in.), Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.184.

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Jar with finely incised floral design, c.1500, China, Qingbai ware, Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279). Ceramic with "sweet-white" glaze, 14 x 16.4 cm (5 1/2 x 6 7/16 in.), Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.185.

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Bowl with bi-disc foot, China, Gongxian ware, Five dynasties (907-960). Stoneware with ivory white glaze, 4.7 x 18.5 cm (1 7/8 x 7 5/16 in.), Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.186. 

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Marbled finely potted glazed dish with flat bottom, China, Northern Song dynasty (960-1127), 16.8 cm (6 5/8 in.), Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.187.

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Conical Bowl, China, Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Ceramic, Longquan ware, 16 x 42 cm (6 5/16 x 16 9/16 in.), Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.188.

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Meiping Vase with Dragon Motif, 1300s, China, Yuan dynasty (1279-1368). Bluish-white qingbai ware with carved decoration, 27.9 cm (11 in.), Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.189.