Fine Arts

FineArtsThe fine arts department is responsible for paintings, sculpture, prints, and drawings made before 1945. Collection strengths include American and European art from 1860 to 1920, Japanese prints of the 19th and 20th centuries, Old Master prints from Albrecht Dürer to James Abbott McNeill Whistler, and classic American watercolors. Paintings and sculpture occupy 12 galleries in the Scaife wing, and works on paper are exhibited in three rotations annually. The departmental collecting plan emphasizes selective additions to areas of strength and gradual diversification of the core collection of French and American paintings with works by artists of other nationalities or in other media. Recent exhibitions include Fierce Friends: Artists and Animals, 1750–1900 (2006); Modern Japanese Prints: 1868–1989 (2007); Abstract Art before 1950: Watercolors, Drawings, Prints, and Photographs (2008); Giovanni Battista Piranesi: Architecture and the Spaces of the Imagination (2008); Caricature, Satire, and Comedy of Manners: Works on Paper from the 18th through 20th Centuries (2010); Andrey Avinoff: In Pursuit of Beauty (2011); Impressionism in a New Light: From Monet to Stieglitz (2012); Whistler and Rebellion in the Art World (2012); Japan is the Key (2013); Small Prints, Big Artists: Masterpieces from the Renaissance to Baroque (2014); and Faked, Forgotten, Found: Five Renaissance Paintings Investigated (2014). 


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Detail of Vincent van Gogh, Wheatfields after the Rain, 1890, Acquired through the generosity of the Sarah Mellon Scaife Family, 68.18

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Detail of James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in Black: Portrait of Senor Pablo de Sarasate, 1884, Purchase, 96.2

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Detail of Antonio Canova, Terpsichore, Muse of Lyric Poetry, 1812, Heinz Family Fund, 2010.56