America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting

During his visit to the United Sates in 1815, Joseph Bonaparte, elder brother of Napoleon, put on public view his collection of eighteenth-century French paintings. The works caused a sensation, and a new American taste for French art was born.

This exhibition brings together sixty-eight paintings that represent some of the best and most unusual examples of French art of that era held by American museums and tells their stories on a national stage.

The exhibition runs from May 21 – August 20, 2017 at the National Gallery of Art, 3rd and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001.

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