April 2019 Exhibitions at the National Gallery of Art

By Editorial Team on April 9, 2019
Thomas Charles Farrer, Mount Tom, 1865, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, John Wilmerding Collection, Promised Gift.

The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists
April 14–July 21, 2019
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Ruskin (1819–1900), the most influential art critic of the Victorian era, The American Pre-Raphaelites: Radical Realists features more than 80 paintings, watercolors, drawings, and photographs created by American artists who were profoundly influenced by the renowned critic, including several recently discovered works never exhibited publicly.

Oliver Lee Jackson, No. 7, 2017 (7.27.17), 2017, oil-based paints on panel, courtesy of the artist. Photo: M. Lee Fatherree

Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings
April 14–September 15, 2019 (New Dates)
A distinguished painter, printmaker, and sculptor, American artist Oliver Lee Jackson (b. 1935) has created a complex and original body of work that remains rooted in the human figure while drawing on all the resources of modernist abstraction and expression. Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings presents some 20 works created over the past 15 years, many of which are being shown publicly for the first time. Jackson’s paintings, often large in scale, defy categorization. Figurative elements captivate the eye, while the abstract compositions, vibrant colors, and vigorously worked surfaces in a variety of materials hold the viewer’s attention.

Loewy et Puiseux, Photographie Lunaire Rayonnement de Tycho – Phase Croissante, 1899, photogravure, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Mary and Dan Solomon and Patrons’ Permanent Fund.

By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs from the 1850s to Apollo 11
July 14, 2019–January 5, 2020 (New Dates)
Throughout the latter half of the 19th century and into the 20th, numerous photographers created uncannily beautiful lunar pictures that captured the public imagination. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969, the exhibition presents some 50 works—from the 19th century to the “space-age” 1960s—that merged art with science and transformed the way that we envision and comprehend the cosmos.

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