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Thanks to the Phyllis C. Wattis Fund, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco recently acquired Pat Steir’s monumental Black and White One-Stroke Waterfall (1992). One of the most powerful paintings from the artist’s...
In the eighteenth century, women in European society used fans as dynamic objects to convey emotions, flick away suitors, and keep themselves cool. As such, fans were repeatedly folded and unfolded, causing their materials...
Nature surrounds and permeates the de Young, from the lush greenery brushing its surfaces to its actual architectural design. Constructed to aesthetically complement the landscape of Golden Gate Park, the annular patterning...
Acquiring art not only to fill gaps in our collection, but also allows us to display key works that enhance the experience of our special exhibitions. In rare circumstances, an acquisition completely transforms the...
Fans have served as accessories of fashion and objects of utility since antiquity, but reached their peak production and use in Europe in the eighteenth century. Made from and embellished by an abundance of precious...
While fans were a staple of the eighteenth-century woman’s wardrobe, visitors to the exhibition Fans of the Eighteenth Century at the de Young may be surprised to learn that these accessories were also useful social...
Our sense of a room is often deeply influenced by how the space is lit. As the Salon Doré at the Legion of Honor was being reinstalled, curator Martin Chapman worked with lighting company Auerbach Glasow French to help...
What’s the first thing you notice when you look at the table above? The unexpected and eye-catching red, green and white of the decoration is quite striking in what seems like an otherwise conventional piece of 18th-century...