press release

The collection of some thirty-five Impressionist pictures that graced the walls of Janice H. Levin's Fifth Avenue apartment are on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art through February 9, 2003. The intimately scaled exhibition, "A Very Private Collection: Janice H. Levin's Impressionist Pictures" includes works by many of the great masters of nineteenth-century French painting—Bonnard, Degas, Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, and Vuillard, among others.

A longtime supporter of the arts in New York, Janice Levin was an Honorary Trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1993 until her death in 2001. A number of significant works from the collection were given to American museums, including the Metropolitan. In reuniting these works, the exhibition offers a unique opportunity for visitors to experience the distinctly personal character of a private collection, which was lovingly acquired over a period of some forty years for the Levins's appreciation and enjoyment in their New York City residence.

The exhibition is made possible by The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation.

Exhibition Highlights Highlights from the Levin collection include Claude Monet's view of his garden at Argenteuil (1873; now National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.) and the Cliffs at Pourville (1882; now Museum of Modern Art, New York), as well as works by Edgar Degas. Degas's pastel Portraits at the Stock Exchange (1876; now Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) depicts the financier and collector Ernest May, while Levin's three other works by Degas—one pastel and two bronzes—depict ballerinas stretching. (Levin was a longtime board member and benefactor of the School of American Ballet.) The Levin collection also includes lush landscapes by Pierre Bonnard, Eugène Boudin, Berthe Morisot, Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro, Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec as well as charming interior scenes by Berthe Morisot and Édouard Vuillard.

Exhibition Organizers and Credits The exhibition was organized by Gary Tinterow, Engelhard Curator of Nineteenth-Century European Painting, and Rebecca A. Rabinow, assistant research curator, both of the Metropolitan's Department of European Paintings.

The Metropolitan Museum is grateful to the Robert Lehman Foundation for making the Robert Lehman Wing galleries available for the exhibition.

A Very Private Collection:
Janice H. Levin's Impressionist Pictures
Kurator: Gary Tinterow, Rebecca A. Rabinow

Künstler: Pierre Bonnard, Eugene Boudin, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Édouard Vuillard ...