On view at Crystal Bridges through June 2, 2013 are three early twentieth-century portraits on loan from the National Gallery of Art. The artists—James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, and George Bellows—are represented in Crystal Bridges’ collection, but not through portraits or single female figures. The artworks on loan are grouped with three portraits from Crystal Bridges’ own collection to illuminate the works of artists who influenced the course of American art in the twentieth century. Focus: The Portrait, Picturing Women at the turn of the Twentieth Century will augment the Crystal Bridges collection by focusing on a particular genre – in this case, portraits. There will be no additional cost to view Focus: The Portrait. This presentation is sponsored by Meza Harris, Bentonville native and senior vice president and executive broker at Lindsey & Associates.
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The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of landscape. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving outstanding works that illuminate our heritage and artistic possibilities.
Opened to the public on 11-11-11, Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 by Alice Walton, who chairs the Museum's board of directors.