Intimate is a word with many connotations. It may mean private or personal. It may suggest a loving relationship. It may mean essential, belonging to ones deepest nature.
All of these terms apply to Intimate Impressionism, a show of nearly 70 intimately scaled Impressionist and post-Impressionist works from the National Gallery in Washington, D.C, on view at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco.
These masterworks by the likes of Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh and Georges Seurat are small enough to hang in your home and did indeed hang in the domiciles of collector Alisa Mellon Bruce, daughter of the National Gallerys founder, Andrew Mellon, and her younger brother Paul Mellon.
Their subject matter is also intimate. Here are portraits and self-portraits by artists who were friends, paintings of family members and pets, delicate still lifes and paintings of the artists favorite places and people race tracks