Exemplary American Art On View in ‘Pursuit of Beauty: The May Family Collection’ at Dallas Museum…

Winslow Homer, The Sand Dune, 1871-1872, oil on canvas, The Assortment of Eleanor and C. Thomas May well, Jr.

Gertrude Fiske, Contemplation, before 1916, oil on canvas, The Selection of Eleanor and C. Thomas Could, Jr.

The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is set to current Pursuit of Elegance: The May perhaps Family members Collection, an exhibition of the excellent Dallas-centered selection of American art that was designed about 60 a long time by Thomas and Eleanor May perhaps. Pursuit of Natural beauty characteristics 28 19th- and 20th-century oil paintings, watercolors, and sculptures on bank loan to the DMA, quite a few of which rank now as quintessential creations by big American artists. The works selected from the assortment characterize essential historic and aesthetic highpoints in American art historical past and are united by a harmonious visual perception of tranquility and attractiveness. Pursuit of Elegance is on view October 10, 2021, through January 9, 2022, and is bundled in cost-free basic admission. The exhibition was curated by Sue Canterbury, The Pauline Gill Sullivan Curator of American Artwork. 

“The Mays have been stalwart supporters of the DMA since the 1980s and have forged a profound connection with the Museum. We are delighted to be able to present this rich assortment of works from their outstanding collection,” mentioned Dr. Agustín Arteaga, the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director. “This exhibition is a tribute to their enduring commitment to enhancing the presentation of American art at the DMA and sharing with our group the opportunity to experience the artworks’ magnificence firsthand.” 

With the initially acquisition in 1961, Thomas May released into an endeavor that has endured for six many years. Mr. May well was a former naval officer, and his decision to collect American artwork was influenced by an appreciation for his country’s history and lifestyle. Mr. May served as a Museum trustee for 6 many years, from 1999 to 2005. He and Mrs. May possibly have gifted quite a few will work of artwork to the Museum more than the a long time, including paintings, prints, drawings, watercolors, and sculpture. Pursuit of Beauty exemplifies the Mays’ increasing expertise and aesthetic appreciation over decades of building and refining a assortment. 

Alfred Henry Maurer, Tabletop Even now Life, 1913, oil on canvas, The Selection of Eleanor and C. Thomas May well, Jr.

Relationship from all over 1871 to 1948, the 28 performs in the exhibition span a large variety of models and techniques from throughout the United States, reflecting the artistic diversity of early The us. Significant inventive actions represented contain Realism, American Impressionism, the Ashcan College, American Modernism, and the American Scene, amongst other people. The showcased operates contain landscapes by Winslow Homer, George Inness, and Chauncey F. Ryder portraits by Cecilia Beaux and John Singer Sargent and continue to lifes by Alfred Henry Maurer and Laura Coombs. Sargent’s Sylvia Harrison—created when the renowned artist only seldom painted portraits for near friends—is a tour-de-power example of the traits that manufactured him a single of the most sought-following portrait painters of the Gilded and Edwardian Ages. The May collection exhibits special toughness in cosmopolitan artists who analyzed in Europe and New England, these kinds of as Theodore Robinson, William Merritt Chase, and Gertrude Fiske. Works by Beaux, Chase, Inness, Sargent, Edmund Tarbell, and Charles Burchfield all bear their original frames, offering a one of a kind prospect to working experience these paintings as their artists intended. 

Theodore Robinson, Miss Motes and Her Pet dog Shep in a Boat, 1893, oil on canvas, The Collection of Eleanor and C. Thomas May, Jr.

“The Mays’ assortment has an intimacy and feeling of contemplation that is really pleasing, equally visually and emotionally,” explained Canterbury. “These artists captured tender, reflective times from every day life—whether expended at the seashore or in at ease interiors—that express, with wonderful magnificence, an era when lifestyle and its speed seemed harried.”