This exhibition presents highlights of the collection of Virginia native T. Catesby Jones (1880-1946). An admirer of modern French art of the 1920s and 30s, Jones purchased works from the best-known figures of the era, including Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Masson and Lipchitz. His bequest of paintings, sculptures, and drawings moved VMFA to the forefront of American museums with collections of contemporary European work. Jones also donated works to the University of Virginia and this is the first time these collections have been reunited.
Significant works in the exhibition include two 1917 Matisse paintings of the Italian model Lorette, Picasso’s Rose Period portrait of a “Woman with a Kerchief”, Dufy’s 1929 “Reclining Nude”, and a powerful 1914 Cubist collage by Juan Gris. A full-color, 147 page catalogue accompanies the exhibition.
Curated by Matthew Affron, Curator of Modern Art, University of Virginia Art Museum and John Ravenal, Sydney and Frances Lewis Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
The exhibition has recently completed a successful tour of partner museums throughout Virginia.
The exhibition is supported by VMFA’s Fabergé Ball Endowment and the exhibition tour was supported by Altria Group.