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May 19, 2010

Jeanne and Irving Mathews Collection of Art Glass

The McNay proudly places on view an important part of the recent bequest of Jeanne Lang Mathews, long a major benefactor of the museum and trustee emeritus who died in March 2009.

            The first group of works shown is the Jeanne and Irving Mathews Collection of Art Glass, lovingly assembled by Mrs. Mathews with her husband, Irving, who passed away in 1993. Focused on the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods in France, one of the most creative chapters in the history of glass, the Mathews collection superbly complements the McNay’s strengths in French painting and sculpture of this same period. The great glass producers of the time are included, from Daum Frères and Emile Gallé to René Lalique, as well as rare works by Gabriel Argy-Rousseau, François Decorchement, and Jacques Gruber.

            This first showing of art glass from the Mathews Collection appears in specially designed cases, ideal for small sculpture and decorative arts, on the Garden Level of the Stieren Center for Exhibitions. Planning is underway for incorporation of the Mathews glass in the museum’s Main Collection Galleries.

Image: Henri Muller for Muller Frères, Lunéville, France. Bats Vase, circa 1900. Double overlaid, etched, and wheel-carved glass. Bequest of Jeanne Lang Mathews.


This exhibition was organized by the McNay Art Museum.


The McNay

Built by artist and educator Marion Koogler McNay in the 1920s, the Spanish Colonial Revival-style residence opened as Texas’s first museum of modern art in 1954. Today more than 100,000 visitors a year enjoy works by modern masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.  In June 2008, the museum opened the 45,000-square-foot Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions designed by internationally renowned French architect Jean-Paul Viguier. Nearly doubling the McNay’s exhibition space, the Stieren Center includes three separate outdoor sculpture galleries.



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