Raphael and the Fornarina, 1811-12
Bequest of Grenville L. Winthrop.
Courtesy of the Fogg Art Museum
Harvard University Art Museums
Photo courtesy of Fogg Art Museum
Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University
LYON • Musée des Beaux-Arts • Ongoing
|Grenville L. Winthrop (1864 - 1943) assembled a collection of more than 4,000 works of art that was commensurate in stature to other New York collections such as those of Pierpont Morgan, Benjamin Altman, H.O. Havermeyer, Henry Clay Frick, George and Florence Blumenthal, and Robert Lehman. Although Winthrop’s interests as a collector ranged from Chinese Buddhist sculpture, to Peruvian gold, to prints by Dürer, the collection’s areas of exceptional strength and depth include early Chinese works of art and 18th- and 19th-century British and French drawings, ceramics, and clocks. The Winthrop Collection’s holdings of 19th-century Western works of art include 700 British, French, and American drawings, as well as 180 paintings predominantly by French and British 19th-century masters as well as more than 100 sculptures. The collection’s holdings of early Chinese art include one of the largest, finest, and most comprehensive collections of archaic Chinese jades, as well as bronze ritual vessels that rank among the finest in the world. Winthrop rarely loaned these works during his lifetime.|
Highlighting more than 200 paintings, drawings, and sculptures from approximately 1800 to 1920, A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University includes works by Blake, Burne-Jones, Degas, Gericault, Homer, Ingres, Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Rodin, Sargent, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Whistler. Among the works featured are Jacques-Louis David’s study for The Oath of the Tennis Court (c. 1790), William Blake’s Christ Blessing (c. 1810), Jean-Auguste-Dominic Ingres’ Odalisque with a Slave, and Whistler’s Nocturne in Blue and Silver (c. 1871–72).
The exhibition offers insight into Winthrop’s collecting interests such as his preference for depictions of historical events, literary themes, and portraits, and his unique interest in bringing together the French and British artistic traditions. Winthrop assembled a significant collection of works by Pre-Raphaelites, and the exhibition showcases works by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, and William Holman Hunt, among others.
Major strengths of the exhibition include 35 works by Ingres, as well as groups of paintings and drawings by Blake, Burne-Jones, Gericault, Rossetti, and Whistler. Six works in the exhibition are by Gustave Moreau.
Organized by the Harvard University Art Museums, A Private Passion: 19th-Century Paintings and Drawings from the Grenville L. Winthrop Collection, Harvard University is curated by Stephan Wolohojian, curator of Paintings, Sculpture, and Decorative Arts, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums. The collection forms the core of the Fogg Art Museum’s and the Arthur M. Sackler Museum’s holdings, and it has played a pivotal role in shaping the collections and legacy of the Art Museums. It also serves as a foundation for teaching, research, and professional training programs.
The show will travel to The National Gallery, London, (25 June – 14 September 2003) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (20 October 2003 –25 January 2004).
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue produced by The Metropolitan Museum of Art with contributions by 60 authors.
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