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‘The French Connection’: 19th Century French & American Art Exhibit at Hillwood Art Museum at LIU Post

January 22 – March 16; public opening reception Jan. 31, 5-8 p.m.

Exhibit includes works by Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, John Singer Sargent, Antoine Vollon, Eugène Delacroix, and Jean Francois Millet (among others)


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

Brookville, N.Y. -- Works by renowned artists Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, John Singer Sargent, Antoine Vollon, Eugène Delacroix and Jean Francois Millet will be on display at Hillwood Art Museum at LIU Post in a new exhibition that celebrates acclaimed 19th century French and American artists.

“The French Connection” features French art from the Tabler Collection and related American art from the Baker/Pisano Collection. The exhibition, which includes more than 50 works and will be on display Tuesday, Jan. 22 through Saturday, March 16, explores the discovery of cross-cultural relationships between French and American artists of the nineteenth century. 

The exhibition includes a variety of mediums, demonstrating the high quality of prints and drawings as art forms in their own rights and on a par with oil painting. The exhibition includes a painting by Antoine Vollon, which was previously in the collection of William Merritt Chase, as well as intimate oil portraits, rich landscapes, preparatory sketches and even a drawing by Irving R. Wiles of John Singer Sargent’s studio displaying his infamous painting Madame X.

Whether French or American, artists who lived or sojourned in Paris, the capital of the art world, measured themselves against the highest standards of excellence. American artists who came to study in Paris were shaped by the traditional training they received and by the free spirit of innovation permeating the atmosphere at that time. They encountered great art of the past at the Louvre as well as contemporary art at the various venues for exhibition and were significantly rewarded by the French for their achievements.            

There will be an opening reception Thursday, Jan. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, contact Hillwood Art Museum at (516) 299-4073 or visit

Posted 01/15/2013

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