Good morning! I hope you had a great week. I had a busy one but a good one. I thought I would send you off to the weekend with some images from another favorite art gallery in D.C, The Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Do you know it? Have you visited it on one of your trips to Washington, D.C? It is a wonderful gallery that was founded to house the collection of William Wilson Corcoran. As his collection grew he began to open his own home to let visitors see his private collection of established American artists.
Eventually he began to plan a public space to house his growing collection however these plans were interrupted by the Civil War. Corcoran was a southern sympathizer and he high tailed it off to Europe to wait out the war, while he was gone the government seized his unfinished building.
After the war was over his building was returned and construction resumed, this building by the way is the current location of the Smithsonian Museum Renwick Gallery, with the gallery opening in 1874 with 98 pieces of art and sculpture.
William Corcoran deeded the building and his collection to a Board of Trustees and asked that two days a week the museum be open to the public for free.
By 1890 the museum had out grown its space and so the building was sold to the government and a new space was built at its current location on 17th and New York Ave.
Since then the collection has grown significantly to include the collection of Montana Senator William Edward Clark and Edward and Mary Walker. The collection now included works by Pissaro, Renoir, Monet and more European arts.
I hope that you have a fabulous weekend! I will be staying in as the weather is going to be terrible. Hopefully I will be baking something scrumptious.