Rediscover painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries who left the United States as expatriates and returned as some of the greatest influencers to shape the course of American art. Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France examines the rich variety and complexity of American painting in the advent of modernism, as French avant-garde philosophies and techniques melded with American individualism. The exhibition showcases paintings by James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt, and John Singer Sargent, and includes works by Childe Hassam, Theodore Robinson, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Elizabeth Nourse, Cecilia Beaux, and many others. Curated by Dr. Susan J. Rawles, VMFA’s Elizabeth Locke Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts, Whistler to Cassatt features more than 100 works of art in a range of media.

Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France is organized by the Denver Art Museum.

The exhibition program at VMFA is supported by the Julia Louise Reynolds Fund.


Exhibition Sponsors

National Tour Sponsor


Lettie Pate Whitehead Evans Exhibition Endowment
Julia Louise Reynolds Fund


Elisabeth Shelton Gottwald Fund
Wyeth Foundation


IMAGE Young Girl at a Window, ca. 1883–84, oil on canvas, Mary Cassatt (American, 1844–1926), Corcoran Collection (Museum Purchase, Gallery Fund), 2014.79.90, image courtesy National Gallery of Art/Open Access