Wednesday, July 30, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Fine Arts Museums of SF receive major gifts

By
From page B12 | January 15, 2014 |

Gustave CaillebotteThe Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announce a generous bequest of three paintings from the estate of Diana Dollar Knowles: “Sunflowers along the Seine” (ca. 1885–1886) by Gustave Caillebotte, and “Ruins with Prophet” and “Ruins with Sibyl” (both 1731) by Giovanni Paolo Panini. These additions represent the first examples of each artist’s work to enter the collections of the Fine Arts Museums.

“Sunflowers along the Seine” by Gustave Caillebotte (French, 1848–1894) is a dynamic composition in which a frieze of golden sunflowers dwarfs a view of sparkling water with a floating, white pavilion moored at the riverbank in the background. An accomplished sailor and boat designer, Caillebotte purchased a home along the Seine, at Petit-Gennevilliers, near Argenteuil, a popular site for regattas. The flowers, which feature prominently in this depiction, and the lively color palette Caillebotte used for this subject, suggest his passion for the garden that he cultivated there. The artist often used his garden for painting en plein air to capture the effects of radiant daylight, which are conveyed here in rhythmic brushwork across the water’s surface.

The bequest also includes two pendant paintings, “Ruins with Prophet” and “Ruins with Sibyl,” by Giovanni Paolo Panini (Italian, 1691–1765), an artist who worked in Rome and became famous for his depictions of that city. This pair of architectural fantasies, known as capricci — displayed in their original, hand-carved, Venetian frames — portray classical ruins, which the artist embellished with figures and animals.

Panini received his early training from painters of theatrical scenery, developing skills that served him well in these detailed, illusionistic views. Dated in the year that Panini became a member of the French Academy in Rome, these paintings reveal the 18th-century taste for antiquity and picturesque ruins. This type of cabinet picture was popular with an international clientele of collectors, including those making the Grand Tour across Italy.

“We are extremely grateful to Mrs. Knowles for these exceptional additions to our permanent collection. The Paninis extend our very fine group of 18th-century Italian paintings, and the Caillebotte is something of a tour de force that commands attention every time you look at it,” said Colin B. Bailey, director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Diana Dollar Knowles was a generous supporter of the museums and a trustee from 1986 to 1997. A passionate interest in fashion inspired her and her husband, Gorham B. Knowles, to give a significant donation in support of the textile arts galleries at the new de Young, where a room is named for them. The Louis XV period room at the Legion of Honor is also named for them in honor of a prior contribution. Mrs. Knowles was also an important patron of the San Francisco Opera, the San Francisco Ballet, Grace Cathedral and the League to Save Lake Tahoe.

Diane B. Wilsey, president of the museums’ board of trustees, said, “I am delighted that Diana Knowles, who was a great personal friend to me and a devoted friend to the Fine Arts Museums for so many years, has continued her tradition of philanthropy with this generous bequest to the museums. Although she is no longer with us, she will continue to enrich our lives and the lives of future generations, for which we are very grateful.”

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, comprising the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, is the largest public arts institution in San Francisco.

Comments

comments

.

News

 
District 2 candidate statements tell of goals

By Dawn Hodson | From Page: A1

Sand Fire nears containment: 66 structures destroyed

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Schedule for Highway 50 blasting closures

By News Release | From Page: A3

Tails wagging over dog park approval

By Julie Samrick | From Page: A3

 
Quarter-acre fire in Kelsey

By Rebecca Murphy | From Page: A3

.

Opinion

My Turn: Privatization of public services

By Mark Belden | From Page: A4

 
Policy book

By Mountain Democrat | From Page: A4

 
.

Letters

Comments sign-in policy

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

 
Save the Guinea Worm

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 1 Comment

Large bangs

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5, 2 Comments

 
Private property gets no respect

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

GDPUD management report

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
District 2 supervisorial special election

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

Piano replaced

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A5

 
.

Sports

Ex-Bruin lends a helping hand

By Steven Shaff | From Page: A8 | Gallery

 
Sierra Sharks finish middle of the pack

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A8

Roundup: July 29, 2014

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A8

 
Taz pull through for SSL trophy

By Patty Pope | From Page: A8

.

Prospecting

Nuns discover a pleasant place

By Lexi Boeger | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Bargains can be found everywhere

By Democrat Staff | From Page: B2 | Gallery

At a glance: Game time

By Mimi Escabar | From Page: B2

 
Barbecue dinner to benefit Blue Star Moms

By Mount Aukum Winery | From Page: B2

Stagecoach story takes riders on a trip

By Wendy Schultz | From Page: B3

 
Help needed to make cool ties

By Sew 4 | From Page: B3

Stroke and osteoporosis screenings planned

By Life Line Screening | From Page: B3

 
Gold Rush Days activities cancelled this year

By Sacramento Convention And Visitors Center | From Page: B4

Master Food Preservers: Tomato time

By Monique Wilber | From Page: B4

 
Sacramento area museums offer summer fun

By Sacramento Association Of Museums | From Page: B5

 
Build an author platform at the Library

By El Dorado | From Page: B5

.

Essentials

Weather stats 7-29-14

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2

 
Building permits 6/2-6/2014

By Michael Raffety | From Page: A2Comments are off for this post

Crime Log: July 17

By Cole Mayer | From Page: A2

 
.

Obituaries

Wallace Murrel Thomas

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
Merlyn Wilbur Adams

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Lisa Oliver Rose

By Contributor | From Page: A2

 
.

Real Estate

.

Comics