The University of Virginia Art Museum is pleased to feature a selection of masterpieces from the W. Heywood Fralin, Sr. and Cynthia Kerr Fralin Collection of Art. The Fralins have concentrated on collecting landscapes, social scenes, and figure studies as interpreted by major American artists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Artists in the collection worked in styles ranging from Impressionism to the urban realism practiced by members of the Ashcan School and the Fourteenth Street School, yet they all engaged perennial themes reflecting both modern life and contemporary artistic currents. While some of these artists, such as Mary Cassatt and John Singer Sargent, spent the majority of their professional lives in Europe, most were based in America where they focused on scenes of everyday life that were often grounded in the bustling cities where they both lived and worked. Through their art, these artists were able to portray many of the social, economic, and cultural changes that redefined America and, in turn, American art.
UVaM programming made possible by the generous support of The Joseph & Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.