Joslyn Treasures: Well Traveled and Rarely Seen
6/4/2011 - 8/28/2011

ABOVE: Members viewing the Joslyn Treasures exhibition on Friday, June 17. Like to receive invitations to members-only events like this one? Join Joslyn now!

The earliest “treasure” is a black-figure amphora dating to the sixth century BCE that was recently featured in the exhibition Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece, organized by the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. The namesake vase of the Omaha Painter, it is the centerpiece of Joslyn’s highly regarded collection of Greek pottery. Veronese’Brown's The Card Tricks Venus at her Toilette, ca. 1582, traveled to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Louvre Museum in Paris as part of a major exhibition of Venetian painting, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese: Rivals in Renaissance Venice. Our own Titian, Giorgio Cornaro with a Falcon, 1537, was on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles after being cleaned and restored by their conservation laboratory. Jean-Léon Gérôme’s The Grief of the Pasha, 1882, was included in a retrospective organized by the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, while a quintet of Impressionist masterpieces by Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Mary Cassatt have traveled the globe in a number of exhibitions. Works by American painters Eastman Johnson, Thomas Moran, and John George Brown will also return to the galleries, among them Brown’s The Card Trick, ca. 1891–92, which was part of the exhibition American Stories: The Painting of Everyday Life: 1765–1915 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

These well-traveled veterans will be joined in the exhibition by rarely seen treasures in the collection, including Portrait of a Man, ca. 1650, by Nicholaas Maes, a renowned master of Dutch portraiture and student of Rembrandt van Rijn. Thomas Jones Barker’s The Studio of Salvator Rosa in the Mountains of Abruzzi, 1865, is a dramatic Victorian tableau mingling history and anecdote. The American painter Alfred T. Bricher’s seascape, Off Newport, ca. 1885–95, conveys the idyllic charm of this popular vacation retreat, an eastern counterpoint to western artist Frederic Remington’s A Half Hour’s Halt, 1893, depicting a group of soldiers lounging at rest with their mounts. The exhibition concludes with a selection of rarely seen twentieth-century works on paper, among them a watercolor of Venice by John Singer Sargent; a collage by the installation artist Christo related to his Valley Curtain project in Rifle Gap, Colorado, 1970–72; a gunpowder drawing by Pop artist and Omaha native Ed Ruscha; and photographs by Duane Michals and Jerry N. Uelsmann.

Joslyn Treasures celebrates the remarkable strength and richness of our collection; we hope you will visit to welcome home an old favorite — or to discover a new one.

New & Noteworthy
Joslyn Treasures
is accompanied by New & Noteworthy: Recent Acquisitions of Modern and Contemporary Art. Numerous significant works have entered the collection in recent years through gift and purchase, many of which have never before been on display. Paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by both American and European artists are included, among them works by Joseph Cornell, Ellen Gallagher, April Gornik, Käthe Kollwitz, Richard Tuttle, and William Wiley. 

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What's Pictured: (Above, Top to Bottom) John George Brown (American, 1831–1913), The Card Trick, ca. 1891–92, oil on canvas, Collection of Joslyn Art Museum, Gift of the Estate of Mrs. Sarah Joslyn, 1944.14; Ed Ruscha (American, born 1937), Crackerjack, 1967, gunpowder on paper, Collection of Joslyn Art Museum, Museum Purchase with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts matched by a donation from the Joslyn Women’s Association, 1977.67