Permanent Collection - Williams College Museum of Art

The American Collection consists of approximately 5,500 works, representing 49 percent of the permanent collection. The collection of 18th and 19th century American art contains important works by John Singleton Copley, Thomas Eakins, William Harnett, William Morris Hunt, George Inness, John Frederick Kensett, John LaFarge and Benjamin West.

Late 19th century and early modern holdings include works by Milton Avery, Charles Burchfield, Joseph Cornell, Charles Demuth, Lyonel Feininger, Marsden Hartley, Hans Hofmann, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, John Marin, Georgia O'Keeffe, Morton Schamberg, Joseph Stella, Kay Sage Tanguy and Grant Wood.

WCMA has substantial holdings in the ancient art of Egypt, Assyria, Greece and Rome. Almost 700 works, 6 percent of the collection, represent art of world cultures, with a strength in south Asian work. With the 1993 bequest of 60 important works of Indian art, WCMA's collection of Rajput and Mughal paintings of the 17th to 19th centuries, already significant, has become the foremost college museum collection of such art. The collection also includes fine examples of 17th-century Chinese painting and calligraphy and a collection of African art and artifacts, developed in conjunction with specific college courses.

The African collection, started in the 1970s, has been enlarged by a significant number of gifts.

WCMA's holdings in modern and contemporary art constitute the most significant 20th-century collection in the area. Modern art from 1900-1945 is represented by almost 1000 works, 8.5 percent of the permanent collection; there are over 2500 post-1945 works which is 23 percent of the collection. Among the many post-1945 American artists represented are Ida Applebroog, Lynda Benglis, Willem de Kooning, Jim Dine, Philip Guston, Ann Hamilton, Jenny Holzer, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Robert Morris, Louise Nevelson, Philip Pearlstein, Adrian Piper, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, Faith Ringgold, Larry Rivers, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, David Smith, Kiki Smith, Mark Tansey, and Andy Warhol.

WCMA's collection of European art is a small and fine representation of sculpture, painting, prints and photographs from the Medieval period to the present. Special strengths are in Medieval devotional art, Spanish and Northern Baroque painting, and graphic arts from Dürer to Picasso. The collection is enriched by notable extended loans from private collections, including works by Picasso, Braque, Gris, and Chagall.



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