Vincent van Gogh's luminous landscape, Flowering Garden, executed by the artist at Arles in the summer of 1888, was placed on loan by a private foundation for a two-year period. Flowering Garden is a large vertical canvas depicting the flat expanse of a field of flowers, framed on the right by the wall of a farmhouse and trees, and at the high horizon by a line of low farm buildings with red-tiled roofs.
An exhibition of approximately one hundred works by John Constable (1776–1837) was devoted to his primary interest, landscape. The assembled group, spanning the artist's entire career, came from a private collection; virtually none of the works had been previously shown in this country.
The first major survey in America on the art of the Renaissance portrait medal, on display in the Garden Court. The exhibition was co-organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and The Frick Collection and included more than 170 of the most important and beautiful medals from the major European centers of production: Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and England.