Exhibition Supported by the Jerome L. Greene Foundation
Henry James and American Painting at The Morgan Library & Museum is the first museum exhibition to explore the fascinating intersection between the great author’s friendships with expatriate American artists and his literary work.
Many have written that James’ fiction reflects a painterly sensibility. This exhibition explores how his writings reflect a lifelong, often passionate, relationship with the visual arts.
Included are some sixty works – paintings, drawings, watercolors, sculptures, photographs, manuscripts, letters and printed books from two-dozen museums in the United States and Great Britain. Many of the leading artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, all of them in James’s circle, are represented, among them John La Farge, John Singer Sargent, and James McNeill Whistler.
This exhibition is curated by Declan Kiely, Robert H. Taylor Curator of the Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts at the Morgan along with Colm Toibin, the renowned Irish novelist and Jamesian specialist.
(Henry James and American Painting will be at the Morgan Library and Museum from June 9, 2017 – September 10, 2017).