One of the leading encyclopedic museums in the country, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (NAMA) is recognized for its European collections. In 2015, Kansas City collectors Henry and Marion Bloch expanded NAMA’s already significant holdings by donating their collection of twenty-nine Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces. This gift transformed the museum by broadening the scope of late nineteenth-century and early twentieth-century art available to our visitors, bringing NAMA’s French collection to a total of 110 French paintings and pastels dating between 1600 and 1945. Collection highlights include masterworks by Nicolas Poussin, François Boucher, Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun, Jean-François Millet, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Berthe Morisot, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh, among others. While the majority of the museum’s French works are on display for local visitors, this online collection catalogue brings the entire corpus of French paintings and pastels to visitors and scholars worldwide. In this definitive scholarly resource, noted specialists and museum staff present in-depth research and discussion about each painting and pastel.
This custom online catalogue enables a deeper exploration of these artworks, with zoomable high-resolution photography, comparative figures, and fully searchable text. The complete catalogue can be downloaded for free in multiple formats, as can the object data and main images.
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The French paintings catalogue is generously supported by The Marion and Henry Bloch Family Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities (http://www.neh.gov), Adelaide Cobb Ward in honor of Donald J. Hall’s retirement, The Mellon Endowment for Scientific Research, The National Endowment for the Arts (https://www.arts.gov), The James Sight Fund, and The Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
Aimee Marcereau DeGalan, ed. French Paintings and Pastels, 1600–1945: The Collections of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2021), https://doi.org/10.37764/78973.
Marcereau DeGalan, Aimee, editor. French Paintings and Pastels, 1600–1945: The Collections of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2021. doi: 10.37764/78973
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Digital Catalogue Updates
French Paintings and Pastels, 1600–1945 is a serial publication, and more research and entries will be regularly added. Therefore, the data is subject to change. Object information (such as artist attribution, title, or date) may change as new research is conducted. However, essays will remain constant. They are versioned and citable with assurances of a permanent address to the information referenced.
Any revisions or corrections made to this publication after the first edition date will be listed here. For a detailed list of each catalogue entry and the date it was published, see Publication Installments.
February 26, 2021: First edition (including four catalogue entries)
March 26, 2021: Two catalogue entries
April 23, 2021: Two catalogue entries
May 28, 2021: Two catalogue entries. Changed title of Camille Pissarro, Paris, Rue Saint-Honoré, Sun Effect, Afternoon to Paris, Rue Saint-Honoré, Sun Effect, Morning, to match Durand-Ruel stock books.
June 25, 2021: Two catalogue entries
July 30, 2021: Two catalogue entries. Changed title of Camille Pissarro, The Market at Gisors to The Market at Pontoise (or The Market at Gisors).
August 27, 2021: Two catalogue entries. Added four new acquisitions: Jean-Baptiste-Armand Guillaumin, Moret-sur-Loing, Evening Effect, and Morning, Rouen; and Louis Valtat, Wheat Field with Poppies, and Two Bouquets with Daffodils, Snowdrops, and Pansies.
September 24, 2021: Two catalogue entries
October 29, 2021: Two catalogue entries
November 26, 2021: Two catalogue entries
December 31, 2021: Two catalogue entries
January 28, 2022: Two catalogue entries. Changed title of Camille Pissarro, Paris, Rue Saint-Honoré, Sun Effect, Morning to Paris, Rue Saint-Honoré, Sun Effect, Afternoon, after research by Brigid M. Boyle in her forthcoming catalogue entry on the painting.
February 25, 2022: Two catalogue entries. Updated URL for Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Study for “Young Girls Playing Volant”, ca. 1875–1885.
March 25, 2022: Two catalogue entries.
April 29, 2022: Two catalogue entries.
May 27, 2022: Two catalogue entries.
June 24, 2022: Two catalogue entries.
July 29, 2022: Two catalogue entries.
August 26, 2022: Three catalogue entries.
September 30, 2022: Three catalogue entries. Added more information to provenance endnote 1 in Odilon Redon, The Green Vase, ca. 1900.
October 28, 2022: Three catalogue entries. Changed title of Alfred Sisley, Rue de la Princesse, Winter to Rue de la Princesse, Evening, after research by Brigid M. Boyle in her forthcoming catalogue entry on the painting.
November 18, 2022: Two catalogue entries.
December 22, 2022: Two catalogue entries. Changed title of Christian Adolf Schreyer, Arab Horsemen to Algerian Horsemen near an Oasis (possibly Biskra), after research by Glynnis Stevenson in her catalogue entry on the painting. Updated date of Alfred Sisley, The Embankment at Billancourt—Snow from “1879” to “ca. 1879” after research by Brigid M. Boyle in her forthcoming catalogue entry on the painting.
January 27, 2023: Two catalogue entries.
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Title: French Paintings and Pastels, 1600–1945: The Collections of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art / Aimee Marcereau DeGalan
Description: Kansas City : Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, | ©2021–2023 | Includes bibliographical references.
Identifiers: ISBN 978-0-9970446-3-8 (print) | ISBN 978-0-9970446-2-1 (ebook) | doi: 10.37764/78973
Subjects: LCSH: Painting, French – Catalogs | Pastel drawing, French – Catalogs | Art, European – Catalogs | Art – Missouri – Kansas City – Catalogs | Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – Catalogs
This publication was created using Quire™, a multiplatform publishing tool owned by the J. Paul Getty Trust, but revised with the NAMA theme developed by Michael Taggart and Stephanie Alger. https://github.com/Nelson-Atkins-Museum/NAMA-Quire-Theme
Cover: Edgar Degas, Rehearsal of the Ballet, ca. 1876, gouache and pastel over monotype on laid paper, plate: 22 1/4 x 27 1/2 in. (56.5 x 70 cm), sheet (irregular): 23 13/16 x 29 3/16 in. (60.5 x 74.2 cm), Purchase: the Kenneth A. and Helen F. Spencer Foundation Acquisition Fund, F73-30 (detail) [www.nelson-atkins.org/fpc/impressionism/614]