With funds generously provided by the Gallery Council, the two second floor galleries devoted to 19th- and early 20th-century European art reopened in November 2011 following a complete makeover. The work included a new floor and paint for the Gold Gallery and—last but not least—a complete reinstallation of the artwork in this space and the adjacent Green Gallery.
In the Gold Gallery, 19th-century treasures such as Monet’s Waterloo Bridge and Cézanne’s View of L’Estaque have been united with early 20th-century works, such as Matisse’s Girl with a Tricorne, which has been off-view for more than year. Other changes include hanging Degas’s pastel Dancers and Daumier’s drawing The Conceited Lawyer, both on view for the first time in many years, in the Green Gallery. The result is what Nancy Norwood, curator of European art, calls a “re-visioning” of the space.