Collecting for the Commonwealth/Preserving for the Nation: Celebrating a Century of Art Patronage, 1919–2018
The Winter Show’s 2018 loan exhibition celebrates a century of art patronage at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia (VMFA). The VMFA is renowned for American fine and decorative art, including the transformative gift of the James W. and Frances Gibson McGlothlin Collection; the best Art Nouveau and Art Deco outside of Paris; French Impressionist, modern and contemporary works from the collections of Paul Mellon and Sydney and Frances Lewis; the Lillian Thomas Pratt bequest of five Fabergé Imperial Eggs and over 400 additional Russian objects; and the recently acquired Rachel Lambert Mellon Collection of Jean Schlumberger, comprising over 140 pieces designed by the iconic artist-jeweler who boasted a private salon at Tiffany & Co.
Highlights in Collecting for the Commonwealth/Preserving for the Nation: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) include objects made by Tiffany, Lalique, Jean Schlumberger, Paul Storr, and Fabergé as well as paintings by Robert Henri, George Stubbs, John Singer Sargent, Berthe Morisot, Willem de Kooning, Eastman Johnson, Childe Hassam, Max Pechstein, Vincent van Gogh, and Beaufort Delaney. The VMFA’s four dozen works will be exhibited at the entrance to the Show floor in a pavilion designed by Jeff Daly (who was senior designer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art under Philippe de Montebello).