Saturday, January 31, 2009
Matisse, Picasso, & Modern Art in Paris ~ The T. Catesby Jones Collections at the VMFA and UVAM
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - The University of Virginia Art Museum presents Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris: The T. Catesby Jones Collections at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the University of Virginia Art Museum. This exhibition reunites works of art that were given in 1947 as bequests to two Virginia institutions, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) and the University of Virginia. The selection of 88 works from the Jones collections at VMFA and the U.Va. Art Museum includes masterpieces of modern French art from the years 1904–1946. On view 30 January through 24 April, 2009.
The exhibition encompasses many of the key artists, innovative styles, and central themes that emerged and developed during a crucial period in the history of modern art. The artists represented include such figures as Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Raoul Dufy, Juan Gris, Jacques Lipchitz, André Masson, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Georges Rouault.
“The show concludes with the tragic and transformative World War II period, when many of the best-known French modernists fled Paris for New York. Jones was personally acquainted with several of these emigré artists, including Masson and Lipchitz, and he continued to collect their newest work until the time of his death in 1946.”
The collector T. Catesby Jones (1880–1946) came from a family with a long and distinguished history in Virginia’s Tidewater region. He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in the class of 1902 and had a prominent career in New York as an admiralty lawyer. Jones' greatest passion was modern French art. He collected the work of his favorite artists in depth and across media: not only paintings and sculpture but also drawings, prints, artists' books, and textiles. In 1947, the paintings, sculptures, and some works on paper went to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, of which Jones was a trustee. In the same year, his very significant holdings in prints and illustrated books went to the University of Virginia; a major portion of that gift was transferred to the U.Va. Art Museum in 1975.
Catalogue - Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris is accompanied by a comprehensive, fully-illustrated 150-page catalogue. It contains essays by the co-curators, Matthew Affron, curator of modern art, U.Va. Art Museum; and John B. Ravenal, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, VMFA; and scholarly entries on 24 artists in the exhibition by current and former U.Va. graduate students.
Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris will be presented at four venues in Virginia in 2009-10: the University of Virginia Art Museum (Jan. 30, 2009 – April 24, 2009); Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester (Aug. 15 – Nov. 29, 2009); William King Regional Art Center in Abingdon (Dec. 11, 2009 – Feb. 21, 2010); Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond (April – June 2010).
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