Breaking the Mold:The Legacy of the Noah L. & Muriel S. Butkin Collection of 19th-Century French Art

Jehan-Georges Vibert (French, 1840–1902), <em>Figures on Rocks at the Edge of the Sea</em>, 1867, oil on canvas. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Noah L. Butkin, 2009.045.110

Jehan-Georges Vibert (French, 1840–1902), Figures on Rocks at the Edge of the Sea, 1867, oil on canvas. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Noah L. Butkin, 2009.045.110

SNITE Museum of Art September 2–December 2, 2012

Breaking the Mold: The Legacy of the Noah L. and Muriel S. Butkin Collection of Nineteenth-Century French Art insightfully examines the formation and scope of the Butkin Collection at the Snite Museum of Art. The Butkins were at the forefront of the art historical re-evaluation of realist, naturalist, and academic painting in the 1970s, championing nineteenth-century French paintings and drawings by artists as diverse as François Bonvin, Théodule Ribot, Antoine Vollon, Léon Lhermitte, Gustave Colin, and Georges Vibert. This exhibition of about 80 works is complemented by a selection of the Butkins' donation to The Cleveland Museum of Art and is accompanied by an illustrated catalog edited by guest curator Gabriel P. Weisberg and distributed by the University of Washington Press.