Watercolor of a seascape

June 9 through September 13, 2015

exhibition catalogue cover with pencil sketch of cathedral by Constable.
John Constable: Drawings, Oil Sketches and Paintings from a Private CollectionNovember 15, 1994 to February 12, 1995

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.

A Brush with Nature: The Gere Collection of Landscape Oil SketchesSeptember 12, 2000 to October 12, 2000

This exhibition consisted of approximately sixty landscape oil sketches from the collection of the art historians John and Charlotte Gere. Dating from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, these small, rapidly-executed sketches on paper, panel, or canvas were painted outdoors by artists across Europe to sharpen their skills of perception and execution; they were rarely intended for public exhibition. Pioneers in the collecting of oil sketches — which have only lately gained wide appreciation — the Geres assembled some eighty works over a period of forty years beginning in the 1950s.