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Gustave Caillebotte, At a Café, 1880 • oil on canvas, Musée d’Orsay, Paris • On deposit at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen • © RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY
Gustave Caillebotte, At a Café, 1880
oil on canvas, Musée d'Orsay, Paris
On deposit at Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen
© RMN-Grand Palais/Art Resource, NY
Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye
WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES  •  National Gallery of Art  •  28 June - 4 October 2015
Fifty of the most important and beloved paintings of Paris and its environs by impressionist Gustave Caillebotte (1848–1894) are the focus of the first major U.S. retrospective of the artist's work in 20 years.

Organized thematically, the exhibition showcases Caillebotte's fascination with the contemporary lifestyle of the Parisian bourgeoisie, from depictions of interior life, portraits, and still lifes, to urban street views and idyllic river scenes. Many of the works on view were completed between 1875 and 1885, the period in which Caillebotte was most involved with the impressionist movement.

Caillebotte sought to depict contemporary home life in the French capital, such as interior vantage points and views from the inside looking out. The exhibition opens with scenes of work and play set in bourgeois interiors, including A Game of Bezique (1881, Louvre, Abu Dhabi), Young Man Playing the Piano (1876, Bridgestone Museum of Art), and his first important painting The Floor Scrapers (1875, Musée d'Orsay). Views from balconies of the new buildings that were part of Haussmann's building project were of particular interest to Caillebotte, including The Rue Halévy, Seen from a Balcony (1878, Joan and Bernard Carl), a completely exterior view, and Interior, Woman at the Window (1880, Private Collection), a view from inside an apartment looking out.

Street views of Paris as revitalized by Haussmann are Caillebotte's most renowned works, including Paris Street, Rainy Day (1877, The Art Institute of Chicago) and The Pont de l'Europe (1876, Petit Palais, Geneva), both of which were included at the impressionist exhibition of 1877.

National Gallery of Art Website

Contact: The National Gallery of Art
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Washington DC, 20565
Tel: (1) 202 737 42 15

Seth Eastman (1808–1875), <EM>Hunting the Buffalo in Winter</EM>Plate 10, printed by R. HinshelwoodFrom the collections of the Nicollet County Historical Society.
Seth Eastman (1808–1875), Hunting the Buffalo in Winter
Plate 10, printed by R. Hinshelwood
From the collections of the Nicollet County Historical Society.
Commemorating Controversy: The Dakota–U.S. War of 1862
WASHINGTON, DC, UNITED STATES  •  The National Museum of the American Indian  •  14 January - 29 December 2015

In the late summer of 1862, a war raged across southern Minnesota between Dakota akicitas (warriors) and the U.S. military and immigrant settlers. In the end, hundreds were dead and thousands more would lose their homes forever. On December 26, 1862, 38 Dakota men were hung in Mankato, Minnesota, by order of President Abraham Lincoln. This remains the largest mass execution in United States history. The bloodshed of 1862 and its aftermath left deep wounds that have yet to heal. What happened 150 years ago continues to matter today.

Commemorating Controversy: The Dakota–U.S. War of 1862—an exhibition of 12 panels that explores the causes, voices, events, and long-lasting consequences of the conflict.

The National Museum of the American Indian Website

Contact: The National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth Street & Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20560
Tel: (1) 202 633 10 00

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