North Carolina Museum of Art Acquires Mary Cassatt Painting

N.C.—The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) has acquired a painting by American artist Mary Cassatt titled Portrait of Madame X Dressed for the Matinée.

Mary Cassatt Portrait of Madame X Dressed for the Matinée, 1877–78, oil on canvas, Gift of Charlotte Hanes in memory of her husband, R. Philip Hanes Jr., and gift of anonymous donors

Mary Cassatt Portrait of Madame X Dressed for the Matinée, 1877–78, oil on canvas, Gift of Charlotte Hanes in memory of her husband, R. Philip Hanes Jr., and gift of anonymous donors

The work, which shows a young woman fashionably dressed for an afternoon at the theater, is the first by Cassatt to enter the Museum’s permanent collection. It will go on view in the Museum’s Impressionist Gallery in late January 2014.

Previously, Portrait of Madame X Dressed for the Matinée was owned by R. Philip and Charlotte Hanes of Winston-Salem, N.C. The painting was gifted to the NCMA by anonymous donors and Charlotte Hanes in memory of her husband. Since its creation in 1877–78, the painting has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including galleries and museums in Paris, Zürich, New York, Tokyo, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, and most recently, at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, N.C.

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, making the institution one of the premier art museums in the South. The Museum’s collection provides educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. The 164-acre Museum Park showcases the connection between art and nature through site-specific works of environmental art. The Museum offers changing national touring exhibitions, classes, lectures, family activities, films, and concerts.

More information: www.ncartmuseum.org

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