The Norton Museum of Art will open From Hassam to Wyeth: Gifts from Doris and Shouky Shaheen (December 10, 2021 – May 1, 2022), showcasing major oils and watercolors by American artists from the late 19th to the mid-20th century, offered to Norton in 2020. The exhibition is the first in a series highlighting private collections that will open at Norton this winter, illustrating the depth of its community of art collectors. The works of Don Shaheen will be presented alongside the Norton exhibition, Jane Peterson: Impressions of Light and Water (December 18, 2021 – June 12, 2022). Along with the works already exhibited in the museum’s American galleries, these exhibitions demonstrate the museum’s deep fund of American Impressionist painting.
“From Hassam to Wyeth celebrates the remarkable generosity of Doris and Shouky Shaheen to the Norton Museum of Art, âsaid Ghislain d’HumiÃ¨res, Director and CEO of the Norton Museum of Art. âTheir gift of unparalleled American paintings by some of the best-known artists of the era deepens and strengthens Norton’s possession of American art. We are pleased to present this gift to Norton who, along with our Jane Peterson exhibit, will offer visitors an exploration of the American landscape in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. â
From Hassam to Wyeth: Gifts from Doris and Shouky Shaheen presents the couple’s gift of 12 American works to the Norton. Besides Childe Hassam and Andrew Wyeth, artists depicted include William Glackens, Jane Peterson, Edward Henry Potthast, John Henry Twachtman, Guy Wiggins and Wyeth’s son, Jamie. Ranging from Impressionism to Realism, the works show how American painters continued to focus on landscapes that demonstrated continuities between past and present, even during this time of major social change.
Shouky Shaheen and his late wife, Doris, began building their remarkable collection in the early 1970s. Over the past 50 years, the collection has grown to include paintings by some of America’s most recognized and European artists. the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. Seasonal residents of Palm Beach, the couple have a long history of philanthropic support for organizations in the Southeast, particularly related to the arts, access to health care and education. “We are very grateful to the Shaheen for these important gifts,” said Ellen Roberts, Curator of American Art Norton’s Harold and Anne Berkley Smith. “They are expanding the museum’s American collection in exciting ways, allowing us to introduce new artists and new themes to our galleries.”
Jane Peterson: Impressions of Light and Water celebrates the strong collection of Norton’s works by American impressionist Jane Peterson. Peterson was a leading figure in Palm Beach’s first arts community from the 1910s and continued to represent the region’s tropical landscape for the next 40 years. His masterful rendering of the blazing South Florida sun contrasts with his evocation of sights in Europe, notably the silvery atmosphere of his favorite spot, Venice. Norton’s eight oils and watercolors demonstrate Peterson’s success as an impressionist who could perfectly capture a particular place and time
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