Upcoming Exhibitions

Charles François Daubigny, Sunset near Villerville, about 1876, oil on canvas. The Mesdag Collection, The Hague, The Netherlands

Daubigny, Monet, Van Gogh: Impressions of Landscape
February 20–May 29, 2016
Fifth Third Gallery

Before the Impressionists, French artist Charles-François Daubigny pushed the boundaries of traditional landscape. In the 1850s and 1860s, Daubigny anticipated and helped shape Impressionism by routinely painting outdoors to capture qualities of light and atmosphere, by launching a floating studio boat on the French rivers, and by exhibiting sketch-like works that critics assailed as “mere impressions.” He became a mentor, colleague, and friend to the Impressionists, especially Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro. This first major museum show devoted to Daubigny’s work draws on American and European collections. It surveys his development over four decades and explores the relationship between his paintings and early works by the Impressionists, some of which will hang nearby.

Approximately 42 masterpieces by Daubigny represent the artist’s greatest achievements, including both small easel paintings painted outdoors and grand-scale exhibition pieces completed in the studio. A selection of about 16 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings by Monet and Vincent Van Gogh (with a few by Pissarro) reveal Daubigny’s influence. A fully illustrated catalog with several essays offers significant new research on this insufficiently studied artist. The exhibition is organized by the Taft Museum of Art in partnership with the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland, and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and will travel to these two European museums after premiering at the Taft.

Daubigny sponsors

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

We also thank the following for their generous financial support:
Bernard Selz Foundation, Rosemary and Frank Bloom, Shannon and Lee Carter, Robert Contin, Linda and Harry Fath, Tim Goldsmith and Mindy Hastie, Lynne Meyers Gordon, Kate and Gerry Greene, Debbie and Bruce Long, Ellen Rieveschl, Betsy and Paul Sittenfeld, Susan and Steve Black, Deborah and Paul Chellgren, Debra and David Hausrath, Kristin and Carl Kalnow, Robert Lehman Foundation, Inc., Susan and John Tew, Jane and Jon Votel, John Gunnison-Wiseman, Sylvia and Arnold Ambrosini, Certain Teed Gypsum, Docents of the Taft Museum of Art, Gerald T. and Ann Silvers, Thomas Colville, Barbara and Dr. Kenneth Kreines, James and Nancy McGlynn Phelps, Schiller and Bodo European Paintings, Lynne and Steve Vollmer, Ann and Stephen Bjornson, Libby and Kevin Ott, Dr. Diane Babcock Diane and Bill Carney, Wm. Joel McCray, Andy and Deborah Emont Scott, Carolyn and Lowell McCoy, Amy and Scot Perlman, Lynne Ambrosini and several supporters who wish to remain anonymous. Additional support came from numerous generous friends of the Taft.

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By
Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment
Warrington Exhibition Endowment
Chellgren Family Endowment

Season Funder

Operating Support
Ohio Arts Council


July 2–September 25, 2016
Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times
Fifth Third Gallery

Downton Abbey (Masterpiece / PBS) Season 2, 1916-1917. Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham; Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham; and Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham. ©Carnival Films / Masterpiece

Downton Abbey (Masterpiece / PBS) Season 2, 1916-1917. Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham; Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham; and Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham. ©Carnival Films / Masterpiece

One of the most widely watched television dramas in the world, Downton Abbey has won numerous awards, including several for its outstanding costumes. Set on a sprawling English country estate, the series follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants, all fittingly dressed for the period.

Through 36 costumes, as well as accessories and film stills, Dressing Downton explores British fashion between 1912 and the early 1920s, a period of great change bookended by the sinking of the Titanic and the dawn of the Jazz Age. World War I (1914–1918) had a lasting effect on people’s lives and on what they wore. The exhibition shows the progression of women’s fashion from figure-altering corsets and bustles to straighter profiles and shorter skirts. For men, the de rigueur white tie and tails for dinner gave way to the more relaxed dinner jacket with black tie. On Downton Abbey as in history, clothing reveals important information about evolving social and economic classes. The exhibition will also draw connections to Charles Phelps Taft and Anna Sinton Taft, contemporaries of the fictitious Crawleys, who lived in the Taft historic house and assembled the collection that is now the Taft Museum of Art.

The exhibition is produced by Exhibits Development Group in collaboration with NBCUniversal International Television Production and Carnival Films/PBS Masterpiece’s Downton Abbey®.


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