Thursday, August 24, 2006


through September 17, 2006
Freer Gallery of Art

"The founder of the Freer Gallery of Art, Charles Lang Freer (1854–1919), is best known as a pioneering western collector of Asian art, but when Freer started to buy art he began with contemporary American paintings and works on paper. Most of the major works that Freer acquired during his first 12 years as a collector, 1884–1896, were images of beautiful women by James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), Thomas Wilmer Dewing (1851–1938) or Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849–1921).

This exhibition will bring together 21 of the most beautiful paintings that Freer ever acquired in order to explore some of the meanings these representations of beautiful women would have had for the artists who created them, for contemporary viewers, and for Freer. In addition to oil paintings by Whistler, the exhibition will feature several major paintings by Thayer and a large selection of exceptionally beautiful but rarely shown oil paintings by Dewing."

The galleries are located on the National Mall, the grassy area between the Capitol and the Washington Monument, steps from the Smithsonian Metro stop. The Sackler Gallery is located at 1050 Independence Avenue, SW. The Freer Gallery of Art is located at Jefferson Drive at 12th Street, SW. The two museums are connected by an underground exhibition space.

Hours and Admission
Hours are from 10 AM to 5:30 PM every day except Dec. 25, and admission is free.


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