Houston Museum of Fine Arts showcases 300 years of American art
HOUSTON — For nearly 60 years, Houston collector and philanthropist Fayez S. Sarofim has quietly put together one of America’s most important collections of art in private hands. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, offered an exceptional opportunity to view the masterpieces this summer in the exclusive presentation Three Centuries of American Art: Antiques, European and American Masterpieces – Fayez S. Sarofim Collection. The exhibition will be on display in the museum’s Upper Brown pavilion until Monday, September 6, 2021.
“Fayez Sarofim is widely known for his philanthropic leadership in Houston. Much less well known, and revealed in this exhibit, is his continuing fascination with the art and culture of his adopted American homeland, ”said Gary Tinterow, Margaret Alkek Williams Chair Director, MFAH. “By virtue of its scope, breadth and quality, its timeless collection, which also includes important objects from Antiquity to reflect its Egyptian heritage, places Fayez in the company of rarefaction. It is reminiscent of the broad visions of William Corcoran in the 19th century, Joseph Hirshhorn in the 20th century and, more recently, Alice Walton.
The American paintings and sculptures in the collection reflect key passages in the development of American art. A highlight of the exhibition will be paintings from the 19th and early 20th centuries which chronicle the emergence of a distinctly American sensibility in portraiture and landscape from the early years of American independence through American Impressionism. and the Ashcan School, including works by Mary Cassatt, Frederic Edwin Church, John Singleton Copley, Childe Hassam, Robert Henri, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, and John Singer Sargent.