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New Grand Salon Installation Opens at Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
View of the Temple of Peace in the Roman Forum, 1864, George Loring Brown, oil on canvas, 20 1/8 x 36 in. (51.1 x 91.4 cm). Smithsonian American Art Museum. Museum purchase.
WASHINGTON, DC.- A new installation of 70 paintings from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection will be on view indefinitely in the Grand Salon of the museum’s branch, the Renwick Gallery. The installation features landscapes, portraits and allegorical works by 51 American artists from the 1840s to the 1930s. Many of these paintings have not been exhibited in a number of years. Artists whose works are on view include Edward Mitchell Bannister, Romaine Brooks, Elliott Daingerfield, Daniel Garber, William Morris Hunt, George Inness, Homer Dodge Martin, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Abbott Handerson Thayer, John Henry Twachtman and Irving R. Wiles. The room is installed salon style, with paintings hung one-atop-another and side by side. A visitor guide will be available in the Grand Salon with short biographies of the artists.

Notable works in the installation include Edmund Tarbell’s commanding equestrian portrait of Marshal Ferdinand Foch (1920) and Frederick Waugh’s epic canvas “The Knight of the Holy Grail” (1912) based on Tennyson’s “Idylls of the King.” Other works displaying literary, mythological, biblical and allegorical subjects are “Circe” (1910) by Frederick Stuart Church and “Fishermen at Sea” (about 1913) by Henry Ossawa Tanner. The power of reading to unleash the imagination is evident in “Book of Pictures” (1910-1917) by Kenyon Cox and “Mother and Child (Lady Shannon and Kitty)” (about 1900-1910) by James Jebusa Shannon.

The installation features portraits of several of the artists whose paintings are on display, including an undated portrait by Nicholas R. Brewer of William Henry Holmes, first director of the museum and noted geologist and painter. A number of self-portraits are on view, including the haunting “Self-Portrait” (1923) by Brooks, “Self-Portrait with Palette” (about 1906) by Alice Pike Barney and “In My Studio” (1931) by Leopold Seyffert.

Renwick Gallery | Edward Mitchell Bannister | Romaine Brooks | Elliott Daingerfield | Daniel Garber | William Morris Hunt | George Inness | Homer Dodge Martin | Albert Pinkham Ryder | Abbott Handerson Thayer | John Henry Twachtman | Irving R. Wiles. |

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