Magnificent Gifts for the 75th

February 13, 2010— April 4, 2010

The Bloch Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Masterpieces

The Marion and Henry Bloch Collection of 29 Impressionist masterpieces is the result of more than 20 years of careful acquisition, with assistance from Ralph T. Coe, Director of the Nelson-Atkins from 1977 to 1982.

Among the works are Monet’s Snow at Argenteuil, Manet’s The Croquet Party, van Gogh’s Restaurant Rispal at Asnieres, Gauguin’s The Willow, and Cezanne’s Man with a Pipe, as well as major works by Renoir, Degas, Pissarro, Morisot and Sisley. Four works from the collection, including Pierre Bonnard’s The White Cupboard, will be part of the 75th Anniversary exhibition.

“The Bloch Collection is one of perhaps a dozen devoted to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism that is of global quality,” said Richard Brettell, former director of the Dallas Museum of Art and currently the Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetics at the University of Texas, Dallas. “Quite simply, any great museum in any great city would consider itself blessed if the Bloch Collection came to it.”

Henry Bloch, co-founder of H&R Block, and his wife, Marion, are long-time supporters of the Nelson-Atkins, and the Museum’s internationally acclaimed expansion is named in their honor. The Bloch Building, designed by Steven Holl, opened in 2007, and the Bloch Collection was highlighted in the inaugural exhibition, Manet to Matisse: Impressionist Masters from the Marion and Henry Bloch Collection.

Highlights of the Bloch Collection
Edouard Manet, French, (1832-1883)
The Croquet Party (La partie de croquet), 1871
Oil on canvas
18 x 28 ¾ inches
Promised gift of Marion and Henry Bloch, 11.2007.4.

Paul Cézanne, French, 1839-1906
Man with a Pipe (L'homme à la pipe), 1890-1892
Oil on canvas
17 x 13 1/2 inches
Promised gift of Marion and Henry Bloch, 11.2007.22

Claude Monet, French, 1840-1926
Snow at Argenteuil (Neige à Argenteuil), c. 1874-1875
Oil on canvas
19 ¾ x 26 ¾ inches
Promised gift of Marion and Henry Bloch, 11.2007.9

Vincent van Gogh, Dutch, 1853-1890
Restaurant Rispal at Asnières (Le restaurant Rispal à Asnières), 1887
Oil on canvas
28 7/8 x 23 5/8 inches
Promised gift of Marion and Henry Bloch, 11.2007.20

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