Organized by the National Gallery of Art and drawing from the personal collections formed by Ailsa Mellon Bruce and her brother, Paul Mellon, and other donors to the Gallery, Intimate Impressionism is the most extensive exhibition of French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings to come to San Antonio. In nearly 70 landscapes, portraits, interiors, and still lifes, the exhibition demonstrates the similar aesthetic goals shared by the avant-garde painters of the era. The plein-air practices of impressionist precursors Eugène Boudin and Johan Barthold Jongkind, inspired brightly colored, luminous works by featured artists Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Alfred Sisley. Intimate Impressionism also includes paintings that are personal in subject matter—fascinating self-portraits by Edgar Degas, Henri Fantin-Latour, Paul Gauguin, and Édouard Vuillard, as well as works depicting family members or friends and views of the artist’s favorite spaces. A fully illustrated catalog accompanies the exhibition. San Antonio, San Francisco, and Seattle, and Rome and Tokyo abroad, are the only exhibition venues.
The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington. The Elizabeth Huth Coates Charitable Foundation of 1992 is generously providing lead sponsorship. Major sponsors are the Brown Foundation, Inc.; the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation; and the Mays Family Foundation. Supporting sponsors are Joanie and J.R. Hurd, the Robert J. Kleberg Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation, the William and Salome McAllen Scanlan Foundation, and Terry Touhey. Additional sponsors are a grant from the Beulah M. and Felix J. Katz Memorial Trust and Dan and Gloria Oppenheimer Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation; the Semmes Foundation, Inc.; Mr. and Mrs. James Gorman; the G.A.C. Halff Foundation; Mary Beth and Jack Williamson (a gift of the James Family Charitable Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation); the Director’s Circle; and the Host Committee.