Arts & Culture 2017-07-12T04:45:32+00:00

Arts & Culture

 Museums & Galleries 

The National Gallery of Art was conceived and given to the people of the United States by Andrew W. Mellon (1855–1937). Mellon was a financier and art collector from Pittsburgh who came to Washington in 1921 to serve as secretary of the treasury. During his years of public service he came to believe that the United States should have a national art museum equal to those of other great nations.

Considered America’s first museum of modern art, The Phillips Collection in Dupont Circle is noted for its Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings, including Auguste Renoir’s “The Luncheon of the Boating Party.” Works by El Greco, Chardin, Manet, Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso are also part of the collection.

The Kreeger Museum near Georgetown University, with works from the 1850s to the 1970s, can be considered a labor of love. The collection was acquired by the late Carmen and David Kreeger, who only purchased pieces that they could agree on. Their tastes show in works by Picasso, Monet, van Gogh, Miro, Kandinsky, Renoir and many others.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts downtown houses more than 3,000 works spanning from the Renaissance through today. Opened in 1987, it is the world’s only museum dedicated exclusively to preserving and honoring the achievements of women in all disciplines, periods and nationalities. The museum also actively promotes women in the arts through various outreach and educational programs.

The National Museum of Women in the Arts downtown houses more than 3,000 works spanning from the Renaissance through today. Opened in 1987, it is the world’s only museum dedicated exclusively to preserving and honoring the achievements of women in all disciplines, periods and nationalities. The museum also actively promotes women in the arts through various outreach and educational programs.

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