Léon Augustin Lhermitte, French, Mont-Saint-Père (Aisne) 1844–Paris 1925, Le Tisserand (The Weaver) (detail), 1887, charcoal highlighted with white chalk on cream laid paper, Collection of Yvonne and Gabriel P. Weisberg

Reflections on Reality: Drawings and Paintings from the Weisberg Collection

Reflections on Reality: Drawings and Paintings from the Weisberg Collection

May 14, 2022 - December 10, 2023
Gallery 315, Gallery 316
Free Exhibition

In the mid-1800s, many French and Belgian artists rejected grandiose images of mythology and history to focus on everyday lives, especially those of rural folk, laborers, and the disaffected—people most vulnerable to the whims of the powerful. These artists called themselves Realists. Their social concerns, artistic talent, and frequently journalistic approach resonated with University of Minnesota Professor Gabriel P. Weisberg and his wife, Yvonne. Fifty years ago, they engaged in deep, original research into the Realists, often rediscovering significant but neglected artists. They began to collect drawings and small paintings by these Realists, later adding examples of Symbolism and Art Nouveau. The result is a fascinating, irreplaceable collection that the Weisbergs have designated as a promised gift to Mia. Come celebrate their generosity and explore these intimate works of art.

This exhibition will be presented in two rotations:

Rotation 1, Works 1830–1900: May 14, 2022 – February 19, 2023

Rotation 2, Works 1900–1930: March 4 – December 10, 2023

Léon Augustin Lhermitte, French, Mont-Saint-Père (Aisne) 1844–Paris 1925, Le Tisserand (The Weaver) (detail), 1887, charcoal highlighted with white chalk on cream laid paper, Collection of Yvonne and Gabriel P. Weisberg