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School of Fine ArtsThe William Benton Museum of Art

From Old Masters to Revolutionaries: Five Centuries of the Benton’s Best

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An ongoing exhibition of works from the permanent collection 

The Benton is pleased to present a changing selection of its most prized possessions that span five centuries. We begin with a sixteenth-century double portrait by the Spanish court painter Alonso Snchez Coello, whose unidentified subjects are a well-dressed noblewoman and child. Also featured is another image of maternal affection in the work Woman and Child by the American impressionist Mary Cassatt. More contemporaneously is Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother (Nipomo, California), an iconic photograph from America’s Dust Bowl era that captures the hardships of the time.

In addition to portraiture, the exhibition includes examples of landscape painting, religious imagery, and genre scenes. Of particular note is Gabrielle Münter’s Fabrik, an excellent example of German Exrpessionism, Rye Beach, New Hampshire by Martin Johnson Heade, as well more recent contributions by the twentieth-century American Ansel Adams.

No exhibition of the Benton’s best would be complete without the work of Reginald Marsh, an American painter, printmaker, and illustrator who graduated from Yale with his good friend William Benton. A large-scale oil painting, along with Marsh’s preparatory sketches, are featured in this exhibition

Mary Cassatt (American, 1855-1926), Woman with her Child, 1889/1890. Pastel on beige paper. The Louise Crombie Beach Memorial Fund.

Mary Cassatt (American, 1855-1926), Woman with her Child, 1889/1890. Pastel on beige paper. The Louise Crombie Beach Memorial Fund.

Gabriele Munter (German, 1877-1962), Fabrik (Factory), 1908. Oil on academy board. The Louise Crombie Beach Memorial Fund.

Gabriele Munter (German, 1877-1962), Fabrik (Factory), 1908. Oil on academy board. The Louise Crombie Beach Memorial Fund.

Rye Beach, New Hampshire, 1863, by Martin Johnson Heade

Martin Johnson Heade
American, 1819 – 1904,
Rye Beach, New Hampshire, 1863,
Oil on Canvas.
The Louise Crombie Beach Memorial Fund

 

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