07 September, 2005

The Rau Collection - Tennessee State Museum


The Tennessee State Museum in Nashville is the only museum in the Southeast and the last in the United States to present the exhibition of paintings from the renowned collection of Dr. Gustav Rau. Showcased are 95 rarely seen masterpieces by El Greco, Gainsborough, Cézanne, Pissarro, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cassatt and many others. Half of the works on display are Old Master paintings from the 15th to the early 19th centuries, and the other half represents Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early modern art from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries.

Among the highlights of the exhibition are:
• Six paintings by Claude Monet, including The Wooden Bridge;
• Fra Angelico's Saint Nicholas of Bari and Saint Michael;
• Paul Cézanne's The Sea at L'Estaque;
• Auguste Renoir's Woman with a Rose;
• Canaletto's Saint Mark's Square; and,
• El Greco's Saint Dominic in Prayer.

The initial public exhibition of the collection, at the Musée de Luxembourg in Paris, drew a record attendance of 300,000 and was declared by the French media to be the best art exhibition of the year 2001.

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