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Cleveland Museum of Art: Inside the Keithley Collection exhibit 'Impressionism to Modernism'

If you’d like to see the Keithley Collection and all they collected / donated, the exhibit is on display until Jan. 8, 2023.

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Museum of Art has an exhibition going on right now called “Impressionism to Modernism: The Keithley Collection.”

The collection is the largest single gift of art that has been given to the Cleveland Museum of Art since 1958 with more than 100 pieces.

If you’d like to see the Keithley Collection and all they collected / donated, the exhibit is on display until Jan. 8, 2023.

What can you expect at the exhibit? Here’s how the Cleveland Museum of Art explains the collection:

This exhibition celebrates the extraordinary gift and promised gift of art made by Clevelanders Joseph P. and Nancy F. Keithley to the Cleveland Museum of Art. In March 2020, the Keithleys gave more than 100 works of art to the museum—the most significant gift since the bequest of Leonard C. Hanna Jr. in 1958.

The Keithleys’ collection focuses on Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and modern European and American paintings. Among the highlights are five paintings by Pierre Bonnard; four each by Maurice Denis and Édouard Vuillard; two each by Milton Avery, Georges Braque, Gustave Caillebotte, Joan Mitchell, and Félix Vallotton; and individual pictures of outstanding quality by Henri-Edmond Cross, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, and Andrew Wyeth. Among the works on paper are six watercolors by John Marin, five drawings by Bonnard, and a spectacular pastel by Eugène Boudin. Also included in the exhibition is a selection of European and American decorative arts. The Keithleys also collected Chinese and contemporary Japanese ceramics. In the exhibition, Asian ceramics will be shown alongside Western paintings and drawings to echo the harmonies created by the Keithleys, who enjoyed thoughtfully juxtaposing the works in their collection.

Throughout two decades of collecting, the Keithleys selected works of art to complement and enrich the CMA’s collection. At times, the Keithleys built upon a strength in the museum’s collection; on other occasions, they acquired a work of art that would bring something entirely new to the collection. Certain works of art in the Keithleys’ gift and promised gift will be shown alongside paintings, drawings, or objects from the CMA’s collection, inviting visitors to discover connections, contrasts, and poetic conversations between familiar, favorite works of art and new objects from the Keithleys’ collection.

Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in an unrelated story on Dec. 2, 2022.

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