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Painting and Sculpture of Europe

A painting of many people in a sunlit waterside park, sitting or standing in small groups, many wearing hats or carrying parasols. A prominent couple, the woman wearing a bustle and a man in a tophat, stand together in profile at right.
Georges Seurat. A Sunday on La Grande Jatte — 1884, 1884/86. Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection.

The Department of Painting and Sculpture of Europe oversees a collection, considered one of the finest in the world, that comprises more than 4,000 works dating from the 12th through the late 19th century. Among the highlights are important Old Master paintings, including a rare group of 15th-century Spanish, Italian, and Northern European paintings; 17th- and 18th-century paintings from most European nations; and El Greco’s most renowned painting in the United States, Assumption of the Virgin. The collection is renowned worldwide for its extensive and outstanding holdings of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. The more than 600 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper in this area feature dozens by Caillebotte, Degas, Monet, Manet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Rodin, as well as the seminal painting by Georges Seurat, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884.

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