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Moses Myers House

The home of the first permanent Jewish residents of Norfolk, this historic house offers a glimpse of the life of a wealthy early 19th-century merchant family.
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Jean Outland Chrysler Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the Library

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Located on Freemason St. —
Open Saturday and Sunday

Noon to 5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Barry Arts Building at 4600 Monarch Way —
Tuesday-Thursday

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Moses Myers House

The oldest Jewish home in America open to the public as a museum offers a glimpse of the life of an early 19th century merchant family.
More about the house

About the Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Art Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

Willoughby-Baylor House

Completed in 1794, this former home now presents a mix of art and artifacts. See what's on view

Located in Norfolk

One Memorial Place,
Norfolk, VA
Get Directions

While You're Here

Visit our Museum Shop
and the Wisteria Cafe.

Perry Glass Studio

A state-of-art facility on the Museum’s campus. See a free glassmaking demo Tuesdays–Sunday at noon. Like what you see? Take a class with us! More about the Studio

Moses Myers House

The home of the first permanent Jewish residents of Norfolk, this historic house offers a glimpse of the life of a wealthy early 19th-century merchant family.
More about the house

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

With an extensive collection of more than 106,000 rare and unique volumes relating to the history of art, the Jean Outland Chrysler Library is one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the Library

Weddings & Event Rentals

The perfect place for your big day or special event. Get the details

Take a tour

We offer a number of tours on different topics. More about tours

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

Visit one of the most significant art libraries in the South. More about the library

About the Chrysler

Our story spans well over 100 years. See where we began, how we grew, and where we're going. Explore our history

News and Announcements

See what's happening at the Museum, read Chrysler Magazine, and find our Media Center. Read now

Location

745 Duke Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-333-6299

Always Free Parking

Get Directions

Third Thursdays

Live art performances monthly.
See the archive

Studio Team

Meet the brilliant minds behind the Studio.
See the team

Studio Assistantship Program

Further your career and join us in Norfolk.
Applications available Fall 2019

The Masterpiece Society

Learn about this innovative group of museum supporters.
Meet the Masterpiece Society

Planned Giving

Help ensure the long-term success of the Museum.
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ArtExhibitionsPast

American Masterpieces from the Batten Collection

On View

January 26, 2011 — July 31, 2011

Located in

Past Exhibition

When America was a young country, and surveyors were mapping a great wilderness, a talented painter was traveling with them. That’s the story with the spectacular view of Minnehaha Falls by Albert Bierstadt.

Bierstadt (1830 – 1902) was a key figure in encouraging Americans to appreciate the beauty of our varied national landscape. He is particularly celebrated for his huge and dramatic views of the American West. Here his subject is the Minnesota waterfall named for the heroine of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1855 poem, The Song of Hiawatha.

 

Edward Willis Redfield's The Road to Pleasantville
Detail from Edward Willis Redfield's The Road to Pleasantville, oil on canvas.
Albert Beirstadt Minnehaha Falls
Albert Beirstadt, "Minnehaha Falls," oil on canvas.

George Bellows (1882-1925), Edward Redfield (1869-1965), and William Glackens (1870-1938) also take the American landscape as their subject, each selecting a scene and style that suits their artistic personality. Bellows, best known for his powerful depictions of boxers and gritty urban scenes, here shows us a New York farm where he often spent the weekend. With rough gestural strokes he captures the wonderful moment when winter fades into spring.

Redfield devoted nearly his entire artistic career to the rolling countryside of Bucks County, Pennsylvania along the Delaware River. He particularly relished the challenge of bringing life to winter scenes. Often in his quest to capture the exact light and detail of a scene, he set up his easel in the snow.

Redfield devoted nearly his entire artistic career to the rolling countryside of Bucks County, Pennsylvania along the Delaware River. He particularly relished the challenge of bringing life to winter scenes. Often in his quest to capture the exact light and detail of a scene, he set up his easel in the snow.

If the wintery chill of these two works leaves you longing for a bit of sunshine, take a look at William Glackens’ evocative view of swimmers and boaters enjoying the sea in Gloucester, Massachusetts. It evokes perfectly the spirit of summer in New England.

James Buttersworth Vesta off the Needles
James Buttersworth, "Vesta off the Needles," 1866, oil on canvas.
William James Glackens Boat Landing at Gloucester
William James Glackens, "Boat Landing at Gloucester," 1918, oil on canvas.

One of America’s greatest painters, Winslow Homer (1836-1910), is represented by two charming and intimate works each showing a single figure in a private moment of contemplation. In one, a young woman has paused to pluck a good-luck four-leaf clover. In the second, a farmer pauses at the end of his day, the warm afternoon sun on his back, to gaze across a recently harvested field.

Things don’t seem to be going quite as well for the picnickers in Thomas Hart Benton’s (1889-1975) painting. In this and all his work, the artist has a remarkable ability to endow trees, rocks, and plants with enormous energy and personality. Here a tree almost seems to be reaching out deliberately to grab the unlucky girl.

Finally, don’t miss the two extraordinary pictures by marine artist James Buttersworth (1817-1894). His meticulously observed portraits of 19th century racing yachts in full sail are a perfect blend of historical detail and fluid grace.

George Wesley Bellows The Brook
George Wesley Bellows, "The Brook," 1909, oil on canvas.

We Start with Thanks

Jane and the late Frank Batten, Sr. collected paintings for many years. The beautiful group of pictures they assembled reflects their deep love for America, its scenery, and its people, as well as their passion for sailing.

These paintings by Homer, Bellows, Benton, Bierstadt, Glackens, Buttersworth, and Redfield are on extended loan as promised gifts to the Chrysler. Each work dramatically enriches the range and depth of our already important collection of American paintings.

We are deeply grateful to the Battens for sharing the treasures that have given them so much pleasure with the people of Hampton Roads.

The Batten’s promised gift brings to the Chrysler a group of beautiful pictures that are remarkable in their own right and which perfectly compliment the Museum’s already strong holdings in American Art.

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Chaos and Awe Exhibition
Through April 28, 2019

Chaos and Awe:
Painting for the 21st Century
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Beth Lipman in the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio
Through December 31, 2019

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