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Oct 7, 2016. - Jan 8, 2017.

The Agrarian Ideal

Monet, van Gogh, Homer

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Claude Monet, Meules, fin de l'ete (Haystacks, Late Summer), oil on canvas, 1891. On loan from the Musee d'Orsay, Paris. © RMN (Musee d'Orsay) / Herve Lewandowski. Click image to enlarge.

This exhibition brings two great Impressionist masterpieces to Norfolk: Claude Monet's Haystacks, Late Summer, from the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, and Vincent van Gogh's Wheat Field behind St. Paul's Hospital, St. Remy from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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Vincent Willem van Gogh, The Wheat Field behind St. Paul's Hospital, St. Remy, oil on canvas, 1889. Image courtesy Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Photo by Katherine Wetzel, © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Click image to enlarge.

"The Chrysler frequently lends important artworks to leading museums around the world," said Museum Director Erik Neil. "Because of the relationships we have built, we are able to borrow world-famous paintings" to go on view alongside strong Chrysler works on the same theme.

Imagine Winslow Homer, Jean-Francois Millet, Alfred Boucher, Paul Gauguin, and more. The works reflect an era where country people were moving to the city, and artists from the city were taking to the countryside. They documented, and sometimes idealized, a vision of the simple life on the land. This traditional way of life was under great pressure from industrialization, and it adds a bittersweet poignancy to these exquisitely executed works.

For more on this exhibition, see the Fall issue of the Chrysler magazine, read the official press release, or see this story at

The Agrarian Ideal runs from Oct. 7, 2016, to Jan. 8, 2017. Admission is free.

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Claude Monet, View of Vernon, oil on canvas, 1886. Chrysler Museum Collection. Click to enlarge.