Endings

Senior advisor to the Director Chris Coulson looks for poetic endings in the Museum's collection.

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  • Chris Coulson
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  • Avalon Theatre, Catalina Island  |  1993  |  Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japanese)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1996 (1996.105.1)  |  © Hiroshi Sugimoto
    1280998
  • Madame Thadée Natanson (Misia Godebska, 1872–1950) at the Theater  |  1895  |  Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French)  |  Oil on cardboard  |  Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rodgers, 1964 (64.153)
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  • Reading in the Subway  |  1926  |  John Sloane (American)  |  Etching  |  Gift of Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney, 1926 (26.30.159)
    8181024
  • Reading in the Subway  |  1926  |  John Sloane (American)  |  Etching  |  Gift of Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney, 1926 (26.30.159)
    12031024
  • Songs of Innocence and of Experience: The Tyger (Plate 42)  |  1794 / ca. 1825  |  William Blake (British)  |  Copy Y, ca. 1825  |  Relief etchings printed in orange-brown ink, heightened with watercolor and shell gold, with hand-painted decorative borders  |  Rogers Fund, 1917 (17.10.42)
    7641024
  • Songs of Innocence and of Experience: The Tyger (Plate 42)  |  1794 / ca. 1825  |  William Blake (British)  |  Copy Y, ca. 1825  |  Relief etchings printed in orange-brown ink, heightened with watercolor and shell gold, with hand-painted decorative borders  |  Rogers Fund, 1917 (17.10.42)
    1280843
  • Untitled (Cowboy)  |  1989  |  Richard Prince (American)  |  Chromogenic print  |  Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel and Jennifer and Joseph Duke Gift, 2000 (2000.272)  |  © Richard Prince
    1280832
  • Two Men Contemplating the Moon  |  ca. 1825–30  |  Caspar David Friedrich (German)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Wrightsman Fund, 2000 (2000.51)
    12801021
  • Arm Reliquary  |  15th century  |  French  |  Silver, silver-gilt, glass and rock crystal cabachons over wood core  |  Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.353)
    5901024
  • The Crucifixion; The Last Judgment  |  ca. 1430  |  Jan van Eyck and Workshop Assistant (Netherlandish)  |  Oil on canvas, transferred from wood  |  Fletcher Fund, 1933 (33.92ab)
    8631024
  • The Crucifixion; The Last Judgment  |  ca. 1430  |  Jan van Eyck and Workshop Assistant (Netherlandish)  |  Oil on canvas, transferred from wood  |  Fletcher Fund, 1933 (33.92ab)
    3421024
  • The Crucifixion; The Last Judgment  |  ca. 1430  |  Jan van Eyck and Workshop Assistant (Netherlandish)  |  Oil on canvas, transferred from wood  |  Fletcher Fund, 1933 (33.92ab)
    6491024
  • The Angel of Death and the Sculptor from the Milmore Memorial  |  1889–93; this carving, 1921–26  |  Daniel Chester French (American)  |  Marble  |  Gift of a group of Museum trustees, 1926 (26.120)
    9201024
  • Two-Minute Silence, Armistice Day, London  |  1919  |  Unknown Artist (British)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.124)
    12171024
  • Two-Minute Silence, Armistice Day, London  |  1919  |  Unknown Artist (British)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.124)
    1280874
  • Dead Confederate Soldier on the Battlefield at Antietam  |  September 1862  |  Alexander Gardner (American)  |  Albumen silver print from glass negative  |  Purchase, Florance Waterbury Bequest, 1970 (1970.537.4)
    1280795
  • The Death of Socrates  |  1787  |  Jacques-Louis David (French)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1931 (31.45)
    1280843
  • The Death of Socrates  |  1787  |  Jacques-Louis David (French)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1931 (31.45)
    10121024
  • Mummy with an inserted panel portrait of a youth  |  80–100 a.d.; Roman Period  |  Egypt, Fayum, Hawara (Hawwara, Hawwaret el-Maqta; Adlan), Petrie  |  Encaustic on limewood, linen, human remains  |  Rogers Fund, 1911 (11.139)
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  • Mummy with an inserted panel portrait of a youth  |  80–100 a.d.; Roman Period  |  Egypt, Fayum, Hawara (Hawwara, Hawwaret el-Maqta; Adlan), Petrie  |  Encaustic on limewood, linen, human remains  |  Rogers Fund, 1911 (11.139)
    8371024
  • Clemens Röseler  |  ca. 1928  |  T. Lux Feininger (American, born Germany)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.476)  |  © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    7821024
  • Necklace (The Jealous Husband)  |  ca. 1940  |  Alexander Calder (American)  |  Brass  |  The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection, Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman, 2006 (2006.32.6)
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  • Self-Portrait  |  ca. 1630  |  Anthony van Dyck (Flemish)  |  Etching; 9 1/2 x 6 1/8 in. (24.1 x 15.6 cm)  |  Inscribed, in brown ink, lower right: A VAN DYCK  |  Bequest of Mary Stillman Harkness, 1950 (50.583.4)
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  • Untitled  |  1960  |  Morris Louis (American)  |  Magna on canvas  |  The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection, Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman, 2006 (2006.32.39)  |  © 1960 Morris Louis
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  • Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau)  |  1883–84  |  John Singer Sargent (American)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1916 (16.53)
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  • Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau)  |  1883–84  |  John Singer Sargent (American)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1916 (16.53)
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  • Circus Sideshow  |  1887–88  |  Georges Seurat (French)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Bequest of Stephen C. Clark, 1960 (61.101.17)
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  • Circus Sideshow  |  1887–88  |  Georges Seurat (French)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Bequest of Stephen C. Clark, 1960 (61.101.17)
    8821024
  • [Spotlight Shining from Theater Balcony]  |  ca. 1946, printed ca. 1983  |  Weegee (American, born Hungary)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Gift of Aaron and Jessica Rose, 1983 (1983.1130.31)  |  © Weegee / International Center of Photography
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  • Chris Coulson
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  • I'm Chris Coulson, senior advisor to the Director, and my topic is "Endings."

  • I like that moment in the movies where the screen goes black and you're suspended between the world of the film and the reality that's going to return when the lights go up.

  • When the curtain goes up at the opera, I'm always the one weeping in the audience, because of the sheer performance of it all.

  • And I feel the same way about words. I love short stories, because they can end at any moment.

  • There's that tension of the last line possibly being on the next page.

  • People make a lot of the first line of novels. I disagree.

  • The last line is your legacy.

  • The all-American ending: the great cliché of the cowboy riding off into the horizon. Those billowing clouds and all his testosterone pumping. I don't think real endings are always that tidy or romantic. Artists

  • bring to endings a sense of poetry that doesn't really exist in real life. They can couch it in narrative

  • they can think about it as legacy. They can

  • show things with a simultaneity that doesn't exist

  • in real time. And it's very convenient.

  • There's a long tradition of people being comforted by images that

  • help them through that finality, through their own mortality.

  • This incredible carpet of people in London marking Armistice Day. Imagine being with that many human beings in total silence.

  • You're celebrating the end of the war, but you're also recognizing what was lost. And as happy as you are that it's over, so much has changed to so many lives.

  • The Dead Confederate Soldier is brutal and powerful death in its most raw, wartime way. The polar opposite of that

  • the very formal and staged Death of Socrates. When I was ten, I secretly wrote a book called, "A Decade of Me," in which I inserted myself into paintings and this was my final picture

  • me on my bed in a toga. If it were today I would probably be sent to therapy immediately. It seemed the right ending at the time.

  • Egyptian death doesn't seem to be about endings at all, I mean their afterlife is so well-provided for, beautifully provided for

  • that it seems quite attractive to reach your end, as the beginning of something probably much more palatable than life itself. I could buy into that.

  • There's a great tradition of ending all sorts of activities with a cigarette. This man clearly has achieved something. His self-possession and his posture just signal victory.

  • Sinister endings. This necklace is called The Jealous Husband. It's an apt title. These sharp pieces would frame the woman's face so no one else could get near her.

  • Thinking about when the artists themselves think they're finished.

  • Morris Louis's painting ends when gravity takes the paint to its limit off the canvas.

  • I like to think that Sargent waited until the end to paint Madame X's diamond ring. Somehow he had to make sure it showed up on her very pale skin.

  • That gleaming dash of white paint he scraped across right out of the tube. I like to think that was the final flourish, and then he was done. There's a moment

  • at the end of any successful artistic endeavor in which the audience is

  • so absorbed that when it's over, they need to disconnect, recalibrate. That

  • precious time, it's brief but it's very powerful. That's what you want again, that's why you open the next book, that's why you go to the museum, why you go see the next movie.

  • It's very addictive.

  • 1996.105.1
    Avalon Theatre, Catalina Island, 1993, Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japanese), Gelatin silver print Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1996 (1996.105.1) © Hiroshi Sugimoto
  • 64.153
    Madame Thadée Natanson (Misia Godebska, 1872–1950) at the Theater, 1895, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French), Oil on cardboard Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rodgers, 1964 (64.153)
  • 26.30.159
    Reading in the Subway, 1926, John Sloane (American), Etching Gift of Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney, 1926 (26.30.159)
  • 17.10.42
    Songs of Innocence and of Experience: The Tyger (Plate 42), 1794 / ca. 1825, William Blake (British), Copy Y, ca. 1825, Relief etchings printed in orange-brown ink, heightened with watercolor and shell gold, with hand-painted decorative borders Rogers Fund, 1917 (17.10.42)
  • 2000.272
    Untitled (Cowboy), 1989, Richard Prince (American), Chromogenic print Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel and Jennifer and Joseph Duke Gift, 2000 (2000.272) © Richard Prince
  • 2000.51
    Two Men Contemplating the Moon, ca. 1825–30, Caspar David Friedrich (German), Oil on canvas Wrightsman Fund, 2000 (2000.51)
  • 17.190.353
    Arm Reliquary, 15th century, French, Silver, silver-gilt, glass and rock crystal cabachons over wood core Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.353)
  • 33.92ab
    The Crucifixion; The Last Judgment, ca. 1430, Jan van Eyck and Workshop Assistant (Netherlandish), Oil on canvas, transferred from wood Fletcher Fund, 1933 (33.92ab)
  • 26.120
    The Angel of Death and the Sculptor from the Milmore Memorial, 1889–93; this carving, 1921–26, Daniel Chester French (American), Marble Gift of a group of Museum trustees, 1926 (26.120)
  • 1987.1100.124
    Two-Minute Silence, Armistice Day, London, 1919, Unknown Artist (British), Gelatin silver print Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.124)
  • 1970.537.4
    Dead Confederate Soldier on the Battlefield at Antietam, September 1862, Alexander Gardner (American), Albumen silver print from glass negative Purchase, Florance Waterbury Bequest, 1970 (1970.537.4)
  • 31.45
    The Death of Socrates, 1787, Jacques-Louis David (French), Oil on canvas Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1931 (31.45)
  • 11.139
    Mummy with an inserted panel portrait of a youth, 80–100 a.d.; Roman Period, Egypt, Fayum, Hawara (Hawwara, Hawwaret el-Maqta; Adlan), Petrie, Encaustic on limewood, linen, human remains Rogers Fund, 1911 (11.139)
  • 1987.1100.476
    Clemens Röseler, ca. 1928, T. Lux Feininger (American, born Germany), Gelatin silver print Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.476) © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • 2006.32.6
    Necklace (The Jealous Husband), ca. 1940, Alexander Calder (American), Brass The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection, Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman, 2006 (2006.32.6)
  • 50.583.4
    Self-Portrait, ca. 1630, Anthony van Dyck (Flemish), Etching; 9 1/2 x 6 1/8 in. (24.1 x 15.6 cm), Inscribed, in brown ink, lower right: A VAN DYCK Bequest of Mary Stillman Harkness, 1950 (50.583.4)
  • 2006.32.39
    Untitled, 1960, Morris Louis (American), Magna on canvas The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection, Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman, 2006 (2006.32.39) © 1960 Morris Louis
  • 16.53
    Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau), 1883–84, John Singer Sargent (American), Oil on canvas Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1916 (16.53)
  • 61.101.17
    Circus Sideshow, 1887–88, Georges Seurat (French), Oil on canvas Bequest of Stephen C. Clark, 1960 (61.101.17)
  • 1983.1130.31
    [Spotlight Shining from Theater Balcony], ca. 1946, printed ca. 1983, Weegee (American, born Hungary), Gelatin silver print Gift of Aaron and Jessica Rose, 1983 (1983.1130.31) © Weegee / International Center of Photography
  • Avalon Theatre, Catalina Island, 1993, Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japanese), Gelatin silver print Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1996 (1996.105.1) © Hiroshi Sugimoto
    Madame Thadée Natanson (Misia Godebska, 1872–1950) at the Theater, 1895, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French), Oil on cardboard Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rodgers, 1964 (64.153)
    Reading in the Subway, 1926, John Sloane (American), Etching Gift of Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney, 1926 (26.30.159)
    Songs of Innocence and of Experience: The Tyger (Plate 42), 1794 / ca. 1825, William Blake (British), Copy Y, ca. 1825, Relief etchings printed in orange-brown ink, heightened with watercolor and shell gold, with hand-painted decorative borders Rogers Fund, 1917 (17.10.42)
    Untitled (Cowboy), 1989, Richard Prince (American), Chromogenic print Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel and Jennifer and Joseph Duke Gift, 2000 (2000.272) © Richard Prince
    Two Men Contemplating the Moon, ca. 1825–30, Caspar David Friedrich (German), Oil on canvas Wrightsman Fund, 2000 (2000.51)
    Arm Reliquary, 15th century, French, Silver, silver-gilt, glass and rock crystal cabachons over wood core Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.353)
    The Crucifixion; The Last Judgment, ca. 1430, Jan van Eyck and Workshop Assistant (Netherlandish), Oil on canvas, transferred from wood Fletcher Fund, 1933 (33.92ab)
    The Angel of Death and the Sculptor from the Milmore Memorial, 1889–93; this carving, 1921–26, Daniel Chester French (American), Marble Gift of a group of Museum trustees, 1926 (26.120)
    Two-Minute Silence, Armistice Day, London, 1919, Unknown Artist (British), Gelatin silver print Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.124)
    Dead Confederate Soldier on the Battlefield at Antietam, September 1862, Alexander Gardner (American), Albumen silver print from glass negative Purchase, Florance Waterbury Bequest, 1970 (1970.537.4)
    The Death of Socrates, 1787, Jacques-Louis David (French), Oil on canvas Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1931 (31.45)
    Mummy with an inserted panel portrait of a youth, 80–100 a.d.; Roman Period, Egypt, Fayum, Hawara (Hawwara, Hawwaret el-Maqta; Adlan), Petrie, Encaustic on limewood, linen, human remains Rogers Fund, 1911 (11.139)
    Clemens Röseler, ca. 1928, T. Lux Feininger (American, born Germany), Gelatin silver print Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.476) © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    Necklace (The Jealous Husband), ca. 1940, Alexander Calder (American), Brass The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection, Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman, 2006 (2006.32.6)
    Self-Portrait, ca. 1630, Anthony van Dyck (Flemish), Etching; 9 1/2 x 6 1/8 in. (24.1 x 15.6 cm), Inscribed, in brown ink, lower right: A VAN DYCK Bequest of Mary Stillman Harkness, 1950 (50.583.4)
    Untitled, 1960, Morris Louis (American), Magna on canvas The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection, Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman, 2006 (2006.32.39) © 1960 Morris Louis
    Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau), 1883–84, John Singer Sargent (American), Oil on canvas Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1916 (16.53)
    Circus Sideshow, 1887–88, Georges Seurat (French), Oil on canvas Bequest of Stephen C. Clark, 1960 (61.101.17)
    [Spotlight Shining from Theater Balcony], ca. 1946, printed ca. 1983, Weegee (American, born Hungary), Gelatin silver print Gift of Aaron and Jessica Rose, 1983 (1983.1130.31) © Weegee / International Center of Photography
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    Works of art in order of appearance

    Last Updated: August 19, 2013. Not all works of art in the Museum's collection may be on view on a particular day. For the most accurate location information, please check this page on the day of your visit.

    Avalon Theatre, Catalina Island
    1993
    Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japanese)
    Gelatin silver print
    Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1996 (1996.105.1) © Hiroshi Sugimoto
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Madame Thadée Natanson (Misia Godebska, 1872–1950) at the Theater
    1895
    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French)
    Oil on cardboard
    Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Rodgers, 1964 (64.153)
    Not on view
    Drawings and PrintsSecond Floor
    Reading in the Subway
    1926
    John Sloane (American)
    Etching
    Gift of Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney, 1926 (26.30.159)
    Not on view
    Drawings and PrintsSecond Floor
    Songs of Innocence and of Experience: The Tyger (Plate 42)
    1794 / ca. 1825
    William Blake (British)
    Copy Y, ca. 1825
    Relief etchings printed in orange-brown ink, heightened with watercolor and shell gold, with hand-painted decorative borders
    Rogers Fund, 1917 (17.10.42)
    Not on view
    Drawings and PrintsSecond Floor
    Untitled (Cowboy)
    1989
    Richard Prince (American)
    Chromogenic print
    Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift through Joyce and Robert Menschel and Jennifer and Joseph Duke Gift, 2000 (2000.272)
    © Richard Prince
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Two Men Contemplating the Moon
    ca. 1825–30
    Caspar David Friedrich (German)
    Oil on canvas
    Wrightsman Fund, 2000 (2000.51)
    On view: Gallery 807
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Arm Reliquary
    15th century
    French
    Silver, silver-gilt, glass and rock crystal cabachons over wood core
    Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917 (17.190.353)
    Not on view
    Medieval Art and The CloistersFirst Floor
    The Crucifixion; The Last Judgment
    ca. 1430
    Jan van Eyck and Workshop Assistant (Netherlandish)
    Oil on canvas, transferred from wood
    Fletcher Fund, 1933 (33.92ab)
    On view: Gallery 641
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    The Angel of Death and the Sculptor from the Milmore Memorial
    1889–93; this carving, 1921–26
    Daniel Chester French (American)
    Marble
    Gift of a group of Museum trustees, 1926 (26.120)
    On view: Gallery 700
    American Paintings and SculptureFirst and Second Floors
    Two-Minute Silence, Armistice Day, London
    1919
    Unknown Artist (British)
    Gelatin silver print
    Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.124)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Dead Confederate Soldier on the Battlefield at Antietam
    September 1862
    Alexander Gardner (American)
    Albumen silver print from glass negative
    Purchase, Florance Waterbury Bequest, 1970 (1970.537.4)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    The Death of Socrates
    1787
    Jacques-Louis David (French)
    Oil on canvas
    Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1931 (31.45)
    On view: Gallery 614
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Mummy with an inserted panel portrait of a youth
    80–100 a.d.; Roman Period
    Egypt, Fayum, Hawara (Hawwara, Hawwaret el-Maqta; Adlan), Petrie
    Encaustic on limewood, linen, human remains
    Rogers Fund, 1911 (11.139)
    On view: Gallery 137
    Egyptian ArtFirst Floor
    Clemens Röseler
    ca. 1928
    T. Lux Feininger (American, born Germany)
    Gelatin silver print
    Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987 (1987.1100.476)
    © 2011 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Necklace (The Jealous Husband)
    ca. 1940
    Alexander Calder (American)
    Brass
    The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection, Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman, 2006 (2006.32.6)
    On view: Gallery 909
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    Self-Portrait
    ca. 1630
    Anthony van Dyck (Flemish)
    Etching; 9 1/2 x 6 1/8 in. (24.1 x 15.6 cm)
    Inscribed, in brown ink, lower right: A VAN DYCK
    Bequest of Mary Stillman Harkness, 1950 (50.583.4)
    Not on view
    Drawings and PrintsSecond Floor
    Untitled
    1960
    Morris Louis (American)
    Magna on canvas
    The Muriel Kallis Steinberg Newman Collection, Gift of Muriel Kallis Newman, 2006 (2006.32.39)
    © 1960 Morris Louis
    On view: Gallery 922
    Modern and Contemporary ArtSecond Floor
    Madame X (Madame Pierre Gautreau)
    1883–84
    John Singer Sargent (American)
    Oil on canvas
    Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1916 (16.53)
    On view: Gallery 771
    American Paintings and SculptureFirst and Second Floors
    Circus Sideshow
    1887–88
    Georges Seurat (French)
    Oil on canvas
    Bequest of Stephen C. Clark, 1960 (61.101.17)
    On view: Gallery 826
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    [Spotlight Shining from Theater Balcony]
    ca. 1946, printed ca. 1983
    Weegee (American, born Hungary)
    Gelatin silver print
    Gift of Aaron and Jessica Rose, 1983 (1983.1130.31)
    © Weegee / International Center of Photography
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor

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