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National Gallery of Art and Phillips Collections

Friday, January 5, 2018

Travel today to Washington DC to visit two of our country’s top art museums. First will be the National Gallery of Art for a landmark exhibition entitled, “Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry”. It examines the artistic exchanges among Johannes Vermeer and his contemporaries from the mid–1650s to around 1680, when they reached the height of their technical ability and mastery of genre painting or depictions of daily life. The introduction of quiet scenes unfolding in private household spaces featuring elegant ladies and gentlemen was one of the most striking innovations of Dutch painting of the Golden Age. The exhibition brings together nearly 70 works by Vermeer and his fellow painters, including Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriel Metsu, Frans van Mieris, Caspar Netscher, and Jan Steen, who lived in various towns throughout the Dutch Republic, from Delft and Deventer to Amsterdam and Leiden. Juxtaposing paintings related by theme, motif and composition, the exhibition explores how these artists inspired, rivaled, surpassed and pushed each other to greater artistic achievement. There will be a slide show presentation before you have time on your own to explore the exhibit and enjoy lunch in Art Gallery’s Café (on your own).

Spend the afternoon at The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art. There will be a guided highlights tour oftheir permanent collection with an introduction to a touring exhibit entitled, “Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party”. Recognized as one of the greatest achievements of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s career, Luncheon of the Boating Party (Le Déjeuner des canotiers) (1880–81) is a marvel of plein-air painting on a grand scale. The first exhibition to focus specifically on this singular masterwork, Renoir and Friends features more than 40 carefully chosen works that uncover the circumstances leading up to the painting’s creation, the diverse and fascinating circle of friends who inspired it, and the complex evolution of the work itself, mostly painted on the balcony of the Fournaise restaurant in Chatou. After the introduction to the touring exhibit you will have time to explore on your own.

Motorcoach departs Yoder Barn at 6:30 a.m. – Returns approx. 9:30 p.m.

Box breakfast with water and orange juice included – quick dinner stop will be made (not included)

Tour Includes:

  • Round trip motorcoach transportation
  • Admission to the Phillips Collection
  • Refreshments served on board the motorcoach en route to Richmond
  • Professional SignaTours escort
  • Driver and escort gratuity

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