The Amon Carter Museum has been loaned two American masterpieces from the Metroploltian Museum of Art in New York. The paintings are The Artist’s Wife and His Setter Dog (1884-89) by Thomas Eakins (1844-1916) and Lydia Crocheting in the Garden at Marly (1880) by Mary Cassatt (1844-1926). The paintings will be on view at the Amon Carter Museum through January, 25, 2010.“Both are intimate portraits of the artists’ loved ones, although the artists approached their subjects quite differently,” says Rebecca Lawton, curator of paintings and sculpture at the Amon Carter Museum. “Eakins depicts his wife and setter Harry with an uncompromising realism, while Cassatt portrays her ailing sister Lydia with the delicacy and directness of the Impressionists’ brushstroke.”
While these two paintings are in Fort Worth, the Carter has in return loaned two of its own masterpieces to the Met, Swimming (1895) by Thomas Eakins and Idle Hours (ca. 1894) by William Merritt Chase. Both paintings are in the Met’s exhibition American Stories: Paintings of Everyday Life, 1765–1915.
The Amon Carter will host free gallery talks about the Eakins and Cassatt paintings on November 12 at 6 p.m.