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Treasures of American Art: The Cynthia & Heywood Fralin Collection

Friday, May 13, 2022 - Sunday, September 04, 2022

Complementing and expanding upon many significant American works in the Museum’s permanent collection on view within the Fralin Center for American Art, Treasures of American Art shares more than 90 works from the private collection of Cynthia and Heywood Fralin.

Leaders and supporters in the community and at the Museum, the Fralins are among the nation’s most ambitious and discerning collectors of late 19th century and early 20th century American art.

The exhibition is organized around six central themes:

  • The Portrait: Celebrity and Intimacy
  • The Countryside: Rural and Outskirts
  • The Frontier: Westward and Regionalism
  • The Coast: Beaches and Harbors
  • The City: Streets and Parks
  • The Interior: Labor and Leisure

Landscapes, portraits, and still life paintings by such illustrious American artists as Thomas Hart Benton, Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri, Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keeffe, Norman Rockwell, and John Singer Sargent, among many others, will be on view.

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Walt Kuhn (1877-1949), Girl with Turban (Zuleika) (detail), 1938, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, Collection of Cynthia and Heywood Fralin

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Edward Henry Potthast (1857-1927), The Balloon Vendor (detail), circa 1910, oil on canvas, Collection of Cynthia and Heywood Fralin

Images left to right:

Walt Kuhn (1877-1949), Girl with Turban (Zuleika) (detail), 1938, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, Collection of Cynthia and Heywood Fralin

Gerald Curtis Delano (1890-1972), The Proud People (detail), n.d., oil on canvas, 30 x 36 inches, Collection of Cynthia and Heywood Fralin

Mary Stevenson Cassatt (1844-1926), Francoise Wearing a Big White Hat (detail), circa 1908, oil on canvas, 23 ½ x 19 ¾ inches, Collection of Cynthia and Heywood Fralin

Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986), Shell (detail), 1937, oil on canvas, 9 ½ x 13 inches, Collection of Cynthia and Heywood Fralin

Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946), Man Reading, Monhegan (detail), 1974, watercolor on paper mounted on the artist's construction, 21 ½ x 30 inches, Collection of Cynthia and Heywood Fralin

Milton Avery (1885-1965), Visitor by the Sea (detail), 1945, watercolor and pencil on paper, 22 ¾ x 31 inches, Collection of Cynthia and Heywood Fralin