Pursuit of Beauty: The May Family Collection

May 17, 2020 to August 23, 2020 | Chilton II Gallery
Martin Johnson Heade, Jersey Meadows at Sunset, c. 1866–1876, oil on canvas, The May Children’s TrustWinslow Homer, The Sand Dune, 1871-1872, oil on canvas, The Collection of Eleanor and C. Thomas May, Jr.Theodore Robinson, Miss Motes and Her Dog Shep in a Boat, 1893, oil on canvas, The Collection of Eleanor and C. Thomas May, Jr.Alfred Henry Maurer, Tabletop Still Life, 1913, oil on canvas, The Collection of Eleanor and C. Thomas May, Jr.Frank Weston Benson, The Hill Top, 1914, oil on canvas, The May Children’s TrustJohn Singer Sargent, Sylvia Harrison, 1914, oil on canvas, The Collection of Eleanor and C. Thomas May, Jr.Gertrude Fiske, Contemplation, before 1916, oil on canvas, The Collection of Eleanor and C. Thomas May, Jr.Frederick Carl Frieseke, Girl Arranging Her Hair, c. 1923, oil on canvas, The May Children’s Trust

Pursuit of Beauty: The May Family Collection offers a look at the exemplary collection of American art built by Dallas collector Thomas May over nearly 60 years. Thirty-four works, whose dates span approximately a century, touch historical and aesthetic highpoints in American art while being united by a visual sense of harmony, tranquility, and beauty. The exhibition features oil paintings, watercolors, and sculpture by influential artists, including Cecilia Beaux, Thomas Hart Benton, William Merritt Chase, Winslow Homer, and John Singer Sargent.

Focus Installation
Admission is FREE.

 

 

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Gallery Talk: Pursuit of Beauty: The May Family Collection

Wednesday, May 20, 12:15 p.m.

DMA curator Sue Canterbury will talk about her new exhibition Pursuit of Beauty, which examines the private collection of Dallas collector Thomas May. Covering approximately a century, this group of 34 paintings, watercolors, and sculptures exemplifies aesthetic highpoints of American art and features works by influential artists such as Thomas Hart Benton, Winslow Homer, and John Singer Sargent. 

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