Baltimore City Paper

Walters Makes Temporary Gallery Changes: 19th Century Collection Closing, Rarely exhibited Works Being Made Available

Martin Johnson Heade, "Haystacks on the Newburyport Marshes," 1862, oil on canvas, Gift of Dr. Alan C. Woods Jr., 1976, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

When an institution lends its works to another for an exhibition, it opens up room for an infrequent gift to the chronic local museum-goer: a chance to view little-seen works from a museum's permanent collection. That's what Baltimore can look forward to in the coming months.

A recent


press release announced that the Mount Vernon institution is closing its 19th-century collection gallery, due to a number of its holdings becoming a part of the touring exhibition

The Road to Impressionism


, slated to visit Memphis'

and Pittsburgh's

. While a few of the nontouring pieces will be installed in the fourth-floor lobby of the Walters' Centre Street building, the gallery officially closes Aug. 18.

When this gallery reopens Oct. 10, installed on its walls will be an assortment of the Walters' permanent collection that it rarely presents, including works by Edgar Degas, Louis Gallait, Martin Johnson Heade (his "Haystacks on the Newburyport Marshes" pictured above), Alfred Jacob Miller, and Camille Pissarro. This re-installation remains on view until February 2010.