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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.
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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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Historic Houses

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.

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

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

Willoughby-Baylor House

Completed in 1794, this building was the long-time home of the Norfolk History Museum. No we present a mix of art and artifacts. More about the house

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

Vestibule 102

Work from local artists and studio assistants.
See what's on view now

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

The Artist’s Garden

On View

June 16, 2015 — September 6, 2015

Located in

Past Exhibition

The Artist's Garden
The opening gallery in the exhibition features American artists in European gardens. Some of the top painters of the day were planting gardens as an easy way to experiment with light and color. The garden shown above was planted by Claude Monet. Photo detail credit: John Leslie Breck, Garden at Giverny (In Monet's Garden), oil on canvas, ca. 1887-91. Terra Foundation for American Art, © Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago.

American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920

This exhibition of American Impressionist masterworks showcases more than 70 works by renowned painters like Childe Hassam, William Merritt Chase, John Henry Twachtman, Theodore Robinson, Gari Melchers, and Cecilia Beaux.

 

Frederick Carl Frieseke Lady in a Garden
Frederick Carl Frieseke Lady in a Garden Oil on canvas c. 1912 Terra Foundation for American Art Photo: © Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago
Charles Courtney Curran A Breezy Day
Charles Courtney Curran A Breezy Day Oil on canvas 1887 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

Follow these painters on a colorful journey from their backyards to the great gardens of the world. Expect warm sunlight, rustling branches, and the exquisite colors of flower petals captured in brilliant strokes. There’s even a group of paintings that focus on the beauty of a garden in winter.

Many artists in this period were avid gardeners who adapted their own yards to become subjects for their work. Their models included the great palace gardens of Europe, such as the Villa Corsi-Salviati near Florence, where William Merritt Chase painted An Italian Garden in 1909, a spectacular sun-drenched study of formal walls and terraces (and a Chrysler Collection favorite).

Philip Leslie Hale The Crimson Rambler
Philip Leslie Hale The Crimson Rambler Oil on canvas 1908 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia
Childe Hassam The Goldfish Window
Childe Hassam The Goldfish Window Oil on canvas 1916 Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH

Others preferred the more intimate flower-filled yards of Claude Monet, as seen in John Leslie Breck’s Garden at Giverny (In Monet’s Garden), painted between 1887 and 1891, a scene of tall flowers crowding around a slender dirt path. The exhibition explores these choices: how artists organized their gardens, what they planted, and why certain flowers were favorites.

From the curator

“French Impressionism was a starting point, but these artists developed unique American voices and styles,” said Alex Mann, the Chrysler’s Brock Curator of American Art. “They formed artist colonies in historic towns like Cornish, New Hampshire, and Old Lyme, Connecticut, and they had special admiration for native species like phlox and goldenrod.”

 

The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887–1920 was organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pa., and was curated by PAFA’s Curator of Historical American Art, Anna O. Marley, Ph.D. The Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Foundation for the Arts, Inc., and the Richard C. von Hess Foundation provided leading support for the project, with additional major funding from Bill and Laura Buck, and Christie’s. The exhibition catalogue was awarded a David R. Coffin Publication Grant from the Foundation for Landscape Studies.

More special exhibitions

On view right now

Chaos and Awe Exhibition
Through April 28, 2019

Chaos and Awe:
Painting for the 21st Century
Exhibition Details

Ezra Wube Kaled
Through December 30, 2018

Ezra Wube: Tales of Home
Exhibition Details

From the Collection