From the Private Collections of Texas: European Art, Ancient to Modern

From the Private Collections of Texas: European Art, Ancient to Modern

November 22, 2009 to March 21, 2010

Rembrandt, Monet, Cézanne, Rodin, Renoir, Van Gogh, Matisse, and Picasso—more than 100 masterworks by these and many other beloved artists are on view through March 21 in an extraordinary exhibition organized by the Kimbell and seen only in Fort Worth.

The exhibition pays tribute to the men and women who have brought such a wealth of great European art to the state—from glorious Impressionist paintings that once decorated ranchers’ homes to gems by lesser-known artists owned by collectors in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston. While some works of importance trickled into Texas during the first decades of the 20th century, it was with the oil boom of the 1920s that a steady stream of masterpieces began to flow. Among the pioneers were Marion Koogler McNay of San Antonio, Kay and Velma Kimbell of Fort Worth, and John and Dominique de Menil of Houston. These men and women were not only great collectors but also extraordinary philanthropists, founding museums to house their collections. The exhibition also introduces the more recent collectors who have followed in the pioneers’ footsteps—both in the quality of the art they collect and in their willingness to enrich their home cities with the fruits of their collecting.

Finally, the exhibition is about great art. The works have been chosen, above all, for their quality and art-historical significance. Together, they bear witness to a tradition of collecting that is truly world-class.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.