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Located on Freemason St. —
Open Saturday and Sunday

Noon–5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

By Appointment
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.
Learn about planned giving

Historic Houses

Located on Freemason St. —
Open Saturday and Sunday

Noon–5 p.m.

Jean Outland Chrysler Library

By Appointment
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.
Learn about planned giving

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ArtExhibitionsPast

Upstairs/Downstairs:

On View

October 10, 2012 — December 30, 2012

Located in

Past Exhibition

Masterpieces From The Chrysler Collection

This exhibition is dedicated to the proposition that despite our renovation and expansion, some of our best-known works should remain on view as long as possible. The title comes from our moving items from galleries upstairs, most notably, Gallery 274, our sometimes-called Impressionist Gallery, to a new location downstairs.

The Chrysler has long been celebrated for its distinguished collection of European and American painting and sculpture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries—so much so that soon we’ll be appearing in a new book on hidden-gem art museums.

Many of the works on display here were created in the full flower of Impressionism, when artists like Pierre Auguste Renoir and Childe Hassam devised a free, open painting technique and brilliant rainbow palette to capture the fleeting effects of nature’s color and light. We’ll look at four examples here.

Frederick Childe Hassam, At the Florist
Frederick Childe Hassam, At the Florist, oil on canvas.

Frederick Childe Hassam, At the Florist, oil on canvas, 1889.

In this early morning glimpse of a Paris flower market, a young shop girl in a crisp white apron attends a customer who surveys the profusion of colorful blooms for sale. The painter, Childe Hassam, was then well on his way to becoming one of America’s premier Impressionists. He was also a master at sensing the poetic connections in the world around him. Consider the dazzling white paper cones that encircle the bouquets and they way they mimic the shape of the apron worn by the shop girl. Hassam’s visual analogy offers a subtle comparison between the fresh blossoms and the girl’s youthful beauty.

Mary Cassatt, The Family, oil on canvas, 1892.

Cassatt bucked traditional expectations of marriage and motherhood and left her native Philadelphia to pursue painting in Paris. After submitting her work to the official Salon, her friend Edgar Degas invited Cassatt to exhibit instead with him and the other Impressionists. The only American among them, she took part in all but one of the group’s shows and maintained a special kinship with Degas.

Mary Cassatt The Family
Mary Cassatt The Family Oil on canvas 1892
Henri Fantin-Latour Portrait of Leon Matire
Henri Fantin-Latour Portrait of Leon Matire Oil on canvas 1886

Henri Fantin-Latour, Portrait of Leon Matire, oil on canvas, 1886.

Both Henri Fantin-Latour and his friend Leon Maitre belonged to a distinguished circle of artists, musicians, and intellectuals in late-19th-century Paris. Several of the Impressionists also belonged to that group and numbered among Fantin’s closest friends. Nevertheless, Fantin rejected their brushy, colorful way of painting for a more sober realist style. That style is fully revealed in the portrait here.

Pierre Auguste Renoir, The Daughters of Durand-Ruel, oil on canvas, 1882.

This charming double portrait was painted entirely out-of-doors, and it retains the vibrant palette and vigorous open brushwork of Renoir’s “pure” Impressionist paintings of the later 1870s. The artist gives way to the transforming effects of the dappled summer sun filtering through the chestnut trees. The girls’ white summer dresses are awash in delicate shadows that the artist describes in purple, blue, pink, and yellow tones and touches of white impasto.

Pierre Auguste Renoir The Daughters of Durand-Ruel
Pierre Auguste Renoir The Daughters of Durand-Ruel Oil on canvas 1882
More special exhibitions

On view right now

Eric Carle (American, b. 1929) Illustration for Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me (Simon & Schuster) Collection of Eric and Barbara Carle © 1986 Eric Carle
Through September 8, 2019

Eric Carle: Moonlit Nights & Other Illustrations
Exhibition Details

Five Years of Photography: James Baldwin
Through October 20, 2019

Five Years of Photography
Exhibition Details

From the Collection