Late nineteenth and early twentieth century French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist landscapes, still
life, portraits, and figure paintings form the core of the Dixon’s paintings collection. Works by Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Berthe
Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
illustrate the many artistic innovations that occurred during this period. Decades after the Impressionists first
challenged the notion of what painting should be, works by Paul Cézanne, Henri
Matisse, and Georges Seurat illustrate how artists continued to deconstruct those traditional notions, indelibly changing the course
of modern art.
The Dixon has augmented this area of the collection over the
years with important gifts and acquisitions.
From terracotta sculptures by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux and Albert-Ernest
Carrier-Belleuse to works in bronze by iconic masters like Auguste Rodin, the
Dixon’s sculpture collection can be enjoyed both inside the galleries and
throughout the seventeen acres that form the Dixon gardens. With the addition of Augusta Savage’s Gamin (ca. 1930) in 2013 and Paul Gasq’s
Blacksmith (ca. 1900) in 2014, this
area of the Dixon’s permanent collection continues to grow.
Works on Paper
The Dixon boasts a distinguished collection
of prints and drawings by some of the great graphic artists of the 1800s and
1900s. These works often reveal much
about the society in which they were produced, and therefore provide a kind of
visual commentary on fin de siècle social
mores. Among the many masterworks in
this area of the collection are Edgar Degas’ Dancing Adjusting Her Shoe (1885) and Woman Breathing in Flowers (1883) by Jean-Louis Forain, the
“youngest and most incisive of the Impressionists.” The Dixon is the major repository for
Jean-Louis Forain’s work in the United States.
Other graphic artists represented in the Dixon’s permanent collection
include Honoré Daumier, Paul-César Helleu, Winslow Homer, and Maurice
Take a virtual tour of our museum and gardens, along with many of the works in our permanent collection at our Google Art Project page.