Legion of Honor presents Impressionists on the Water from June 1 – October 13, 2013

Georgia Hesse at the Impressionists on the Water by Drew Altizer Photography

Images by Drew Altizer Photography

Coinciding with San Francisco’s hosting of the America’s Cup races this summer, another side of nautical life is revealed by more than 80 remarkable paintings and works on paper by Impressionists such as Claude Monet, Gustave Caillebotte, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro and Post-Impressionists such as Maurice Denis and Paul Signac—artists whose breathtaking artistry reflects their own deep understanding of pleasure boating and competition.

Paintings on loan from prestigious international collections, including the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and private collections will be joined by paintings and works on paper from the Fine Arts Museums’ own holdings.

Guest curators Christopher Lloyd, former keeper of Queen Elizabeth II’s collection; Phillip Dennis Cate, former director of the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University; and renowned marine historian Daniel Charles will illuminate the personal interactions of leading French artists with yachting and, more broadly, underscore the important role that access to the sea and extensive inland waterways played in the development of the art, culture, and commerce of France.

Impressionists on the Water by Drew Altizer Photography

Examination of the Impressionists’ engagement with boating as both pastime and artistic subject is at the heart of the exhibition. In the countryside west of Paris new patterns of life, including the idea of middle-class leisure, reflected the social and economic energies of an emerging modern world. Artistic innovations such as painting out of doors developed to capture the spirit and quick pace of recreational activities. The Impressionists’ brushwork suggests both the atmospheric effects and the sensations of movement that contribute to the invigorating experience of boating.

Legion of Honor
Lincoln Park
34th Avenue and Clement Street
San Francisco, CA 94121
Hours: Tuesdays–Sundays, 9:30 am–5:15 pm, last ticket 4:30 pm. Closed Mondays.

de Young Museum
Golden Gate Park
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118
Hours: Tuesdays–Sundays, 9:30 am–5:15 pm, last ticket 4:30 pm; Friday (March 29–November 29, 2013) 9:30 am–8:45 pm, last ticket 8 pm. Closed Mondays.

General Admission
$10 Adults; $7 Seniors (65 and over); $6 Students with current ID and Youths 13–17. Members and children 12 and under are free. General admission is free the first Tuesday of every month.
Additional fees apply for special exhibitions.

Tickets can be purchased on site and on the museums’ respective websites:

Groups of 10 tickets or more receive discounts and special access. Email groupsales@famsf.org for more information and booking.

Exhibition organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Major Patron: Mrs. George F. Jewett. Patron: Mrs. James K. McWilliams. Additional support is provided by the Estate of Donald Casey and the Bequest of Lois E. Kalb. Media sponsor support: San Francisco Chronicle | SFGate.com, KSFO 560 AM, and KPIX-TV. Supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. Community Partner: Ghirardelli Chocolate Company.

Dede Wilsey, Phillip Dennis Cate

Melissa Buron, Daniel Charles, Dede Wilsey, Christopher Lloyd, Phillip Dennis Cate

Phillip Dennis Cate, Julian Cox

Daniel Finamore, Christopher Lloyd

Dede Wilsey, Richard Benefield, Maureen Keefe

Richard Benefield, Maureen Keefe

Ted Taplin, Charlotte Patterson

Nikki Wood, Alison Short, Erin Roth