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 highlight the artistic innovations of the Impressionists.

Decades after the Impressionists first challenged the notion of what painting should be, works by Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, and Georges Seurat reveal how artists continued to deconstruct those traditional notions. In doing do, they indelibly changed the course of modern art.

Image credit: Mary Cassatt, The Visitor, ca. 1880. Oil and gouache on canvas. Collection of Dixon Gallery and Gardens.



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 seventeen acres of the gardens.  With the addition of Augusta Savage’s Gamin (ca. 1930) in 2013, Paul Gasq’s Blacksmith (ca. 1900) in 2014, and Jun Kaneko's Untitled (2005-2007) in 2015, this section of the Dixon’s permanent collection continues to grow.

Image credit: Jun Kaneko, Untitled, 2005-2007. Glazed ceramics. Collection of Dixon Gallery and Gardens.  


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 reveal much about the society in which they were produced and provide visual commentary on fin-de-siècle social mores.  Among the many masterworks in this area of the collection are Edgar Degas’ Dancer 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 Prendergast.

Image credit: Jean-Louis Forain, Woman Breathing in Flowers, 1883. Pastel on paper. Collection of Dixon Gallery and Gardens. 


Take a virtual tour of the museum and gardens and view many of the works in our permanent collection at our Google Art Project page.

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