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An Exhibition with Only Two Paintings? Well, There Is Much More to It Than You Think

The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University presents a summer exhibition pairing its recent acquisition, Beach at Portici, by Mariano Fortuny y Marsal with a loan from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Idle Hours by William Merritt Chase. The exhibition “At the Beach: Mariano Fortuny y Marsal and William Merritt Chase” explores Chase’s admiration of Fortuny through two key paintings, one by the American artist and one by his Spanish predecessor, displayed together for the first time.

The depiction of leisure time at the beach was popular in late 19th-century painting, and both Fortuny and Chase used beach scenes to showcase their great skill at rendering light. In both paintings, the artists portray their respective families in fashionable white garments lounging near a curving coastline, Fortuny’s in southern Italy and Chase’s on Long Island, New York.

The two paintings even share similar compositions, defined by strong diagonals and a balance of land, sky and figures, as well as loose, fluid brushstrokes that capture the effects bright summer sunlight on earth, sea, sky and skin. Even though the artists were separated by time and geography and never actually met, their paintings transcend distance, representing a dialogue that speaks eloquently of a bond between them.

Join the Meadows Museum in celebrating this remarkable connection when you visit the exhibition this July!

At Heritage Village Apartments in Hurst, Texas, we pride ourselves on informing our residents about all the upcoming events our beautiful community has to offer. Don’t hesitate to join this event on Friday!

Event Time/Date:
Friday, July 13, 2018— 10:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
Meadows Museum
5900 Bishop Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75205

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