2 new Taubman exhibits offer history lessons on Europe, America

Two sweeping new exhibitions at the Taubman Museum of Art explore what art can teach us about history.

“From Picasso to Magritte: European Masters from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts” spans 150 years of European art history, showcasing samples from the likes of Eugene Delacroix, Georges Seurat, Henri Toulous-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cezanne, Rene Magritte, August Rodin and more.

“Making American Taste: Narrative Art for Nineteenth Century Audiences” gathers American painting and sculpture, focusing on the the period from 1825 to 1870, to show how artists shaped the story of America. The exhibit includes portraits of George Washington, Civil War battle scenes, depictions of Native Americans and slaves, and everyday life on the farm.

Though both shows have already opened, the official members-only reception take place tonight. The museum has

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