American Impressionism and Realism

A Landmark Exhibition from the Met

The Queensland Art Gallery will be the only venue in the world to show the exhibition 'American Impressionism and Realism: A Landmark Exhibition from the Met', featuring more than 70 impressionist and realist paintings from The Metropolitan’s collection of American paintings and sculpture.

Art Exhibition previously on at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) in Brisbane precinct, Queensland, Australia.
From Saturday 30 May 2009 to Sunday 20 September 2009

Published by GAGOMA on Thursday 12 March 2009.
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The exhibition will present works by some of America’s foremost artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, including James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer, Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase, Maurice Prendergast and Mary Cassatt.

Highlighting how Australian artists responded to key artistic developments of the time, more than 30 iconic Australian paintings will also be included in the exhibition. Australian artists will include Tom Roberts, Charles Conder, Frederick McCubbin and Rupert Bunny. The exhibition will include light-filled landscapes and seascapes, magnificent portraiture and images that reflect aspects of modern life — leisure, cities, and intimate depictions of women and children.

The exhibition was organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in collaboration with the Queensland Art Gallery and Art Exhibitions Australia. For more information about The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, visit the Met’s website at

The Publication

Works selected by the curator, H Barbara Weinberg for the exhibition ‘American Impressionism and Realism: A Landmark Exhibition from the Met’, will feature in the richly illustrated publication along with accompanying texts. Key essays from American and Australian scholars, will address The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s American collection; the works of art and themes of the exhibition as well as the Australian connection.

Jointly published by Art Exhibitions Australia and the Queensland Art Gallery, this catalogue will have wide appeal to general audiences and scholars alike. It will be available from the exhibition shop, the Gallery Store and online.