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Museum Series #4 National Gallery of Art

#Museum Series is a new program of curatorial talks proposed by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in collaboration with the museums of the Washington DC area.

On June 18 at 6PM, Mary Morton, Curator and Head Department of French Paintings at the National Gallery of Art, will be joining us for a virtual talk highlighting French art and culture in the collections. 

This conversation will be moderated by Vanessa Badré, and followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Mary Morton received her PhD in the history of art and architecture in 1998 from Brown University. The former associate curator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum (2004–2010) and associate curator of European art at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Houston (1998–2004), she joined the curatorial staff of the National Gallery of Art in 2010.

For the National Gallery of Art, Morton has organized the following exhibitions: Cézanne Portraits (2018), Gustave Caillebotte: The Painter's Eye (2015), and Gauguin: Maker of Myth (2011).

While at the Getty, she worked on The Spectacular Art of Jean-Léon Gérôme (2010); Sur le Motif: Painting in Nature around 1800 (2008); Oudry's Painted Menagerie (2007); and Courbet and the Modern Landscape (2006). While at the MFA, Houston, she organized Focus on the Beck Collection: André Derain's "The Turning Road, L'Estaque" (2002) and collaborated on Paris in the Age of Impressionism: Masterworks from the Musée d'Orsay (2002) and Old Masters, Impressionists, and Moderns: French Masterworks from the State Pushkin Museum, Moscow (2002).

In 2018, Morton was awarded the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by France's Ministry of Culture.

The National Gallery of Art 

The National Gallery of Art, founded as a gift to the nation, serves as a center of visual art, education, and culture. With collections of more than 150,000 paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photographs, prints, and drawings spans the history of Western art and showcases some of the triumphs of human creativity. Across 363 days a year, the Gallery offers a full spectrum of special exhibitions and public programs free of charge.

Image credit : Edouard Manet, The Railway (1873). Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art.