Intimate Impressionism from the National Gallery of Art

March 29, 2014 – August 3, 2014

Intimate Impressionism, on view at the Legion of Honor, showcases approximately 70 Impressionist and Post-Impressionist landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, interiors, and portraits, from the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

The exhibition will illuminate the process of painting directly in nature with Impressionist precursors. Eugène Boudin and Johan Barthold Jongkind’s plein-air practice inspired artists including Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Alfred Sisley. Complementing these paintings of the natural world are depictions of artists’ studios and domestic interiors; several captivating self-portraits by Edgar Degas, Henri Fantin-Latour, Paul Gauguin, and Édouard Vuillard; Renoir’s 1872 portrait of Monet; and representations of the artists’ families, including Berthe Morisot’s The Artist’s Sister at a Window, of 1869.

This celebration of fleeting moments and personal places also highlights some of the Impressionists’ most iconic subjects, such as ballerinas and racehorses by Degas, still lifes by Paul Cézanne, and beautiful young women by Renoir. The exhibition also includes examples of flattened perspectives and patterned surfaces by the Nabi painters Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard.

The temporary closure of the National Gallery’s East Building for major renovation and expansion has made possible the rare opportunity to see this select group of paintings in San Francisco, the exhibition’s first venue.

April Events

EVERY SUNDAY • FARMERS MARKET

Farmers Market | Every Sun | 9 am–1 pm | Stonestown back parking lot: at Stonestown Galleria (19th Ave @ Winston).

Every Mon & Tue • Job Seekers Lab

Mon 11 am– 2pm & Tue 10 am–1 pm | Computers with Internet connection are available for independent work creating or updating your resume, preparing job applications and/or searching online for jobs. Some staff assistance. Bring a flash drive. Main Library, 100 Larkin, 5th Fl.

EVERY TUES • QUE SYRAH HAPPY HOUR

Every Tue Happy Hour | 4–8 pm | Que Syrah Wine Bar. Take $1 off each glass, 10% off each bottle (consumed on site). 230 West Portal Ave 731-7000

Every Wed • Fear of public speaking?

Every Wed | 7-8 am | Toastmasters helps you become a confidant public speaker. Tennessee Grill, 1128 Taraval. RSVP 564-6069

EVERY THURS – NIGHTLIFE

Thu | 6–10 pm | The Academy of Sciences is transformed with live music, provocative science, mingling and coctails. GG Park $12 ($10 Members). calademy.org/nightlife

JAZZ FRIDAYS @ THE CLIFF HOUSE

Fri | 7–11 pm | The Balcony Lounge at the Cliff House hosts jazz performances every Friday night. 1 Seal Rock. Performers: cliffhouse.com/home/jazz.html

FRIDAY NIGHTS @ THE DEYOUNG

5–8:45 pm | Music, poetry, films, dance, tours and lectures. Cafe: special dinner, no-host bar. Art-making children/adults. deYoung Museum, GG Park. deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/fridays

Fridays @ Off the Grid/Ft. Mason

Every Fri | DJs 5-7:30 - Live Bands 7:30-10:30 pm |Off the GridOver 32 food trucks and street food carts in a huge circle with a full bar and bands in the middle? Now that’s a party. Ft. Mason Ctr. Marina Blvd.

WED • GWPNA

Wed Apr 2 | 7-9 pm | Greater West Portal Neighborhood Assn, West Portal Playground Clubhouse, 131 Lenox Way, 1st Wed each month.

Thu • People of Parkside/Sunset

Thu Apr 3 | 7 pm | Formerly Taraval Parkside Merchants Assn. Taraval Station, 2345 24th Ave. 1st Thu each month, 269-7080 - www.sf-pops.com/

Thu • Author Anchee Min

Thu Apr 3 | 7 pm | The Author of bestselling memoir Red Azalea, will read from her sequel, The Cooked Seed (now available in paperback). Min shares an immigrant story that takes her from homeland China to the sudden bounty of America - without language, money or a clear path. Bookshop West Portal, 80 W Portal Ave. 564-8080

Fri-Sun • Arts and Crafts Show

Fri – Sun, Apr 4-6 |10 am - 5 pm | West Portal’s annual Sidewalk Arts and Crafts show on West Portal between 15th and Ulloa. More: More than 40 artists displaying everything from photography, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and much more. Details : www.facebook.com/PacificFineArts

Sun • Asian Art Museum Free Day

Sun Apr 6 | 10 am-5 pm | Every first Sunday is free at the Asian Art Museum (save $12) -17,000 artworks spanning 6 thousand years. Special exhibitions may require separate charges. 200 Larkin St.

Tue • Learn Computer skills

Tue Apr 8, 15, 22 | 1:15-2 pm | Come get help with setting up email accounts, word processing and other basic computer related tasks. Most Tuesdays at this time. Ask questions and learn the basics of using a computer! Main Library, 100 Larkin St.

Tue • Six Healing Breaths

Tue Apr 8 | 1:15-2 pm | Jun Wang will introduce and demonstrate the “Six Healing Breaths,” one of the popular Qigong exercises from her book Cultivating Qi: An Introduction To Chinese Body-Mind Energetics. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Dr. Wang, is assistant professor at the Institute of Holistic Health Studies, Dept. of Health Studies, SF State University. West Portal Library, 190 Lenox.

Wed • Free Day at the Zoo

Wed Apr 9 | 10 am-4 pm | Northern California’s largest zoological park, by Pacific Ocean, provides a comfortable climate all year round. 250 different animal species. 1 Zoo Rd. at Sloat Blvd. SF Residents only Free.

Thu • Author Fred Martin

Thu Apr 10 | 7 pm | Fred Martin discuses Abraham Lincoln’s Path to Reelection in 1864, his new book relates the most important election in the US history, when the fate of the Union and the emancipation of slaves were at stake and his words changed public perspective, drove emancipation, reignited the ideals of freedom, and saved democratic government. Bookshop West Portal, 80 W Portal Ave. 564-8080

Sat • Farm Volunteer Work Day

Sat Apr 12-4 pm |Learn to grow your own food. The School Farm at the Academy of Arts and Sciences 555 Portola Dr. Enter gate on O’Shaughnessy Blvd just before it crosses Portola. From the parking area at the top, proceed on foot to the right, down the hill towards the athletic field.

Thu • Dist Coalition meeting

Thu Apr 10 | 7-9 pm |Meets 2nd Thu each month. Info: 586.8103 or ssuval@sbcglobal.net Taraval Station, 2345 24th Ave.

Thu • Art of Aging Gracefully

Thu Apr 10 | 9:30am - 2:45 pm | Seventh annual Art of Aging Gracefully Resource Fair. features presentations from UCSF Medical Center on healthy living and positive choices such as “How NOT to Have a Heart Attack.” Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St, Info: jccsf.org/adult/adult-prog-con/the-art-of-aging-gracefully or 292-1260.

Tue • Community Safety Meeting

Tue Apr 15 | 7 pm | Meet with Captain Curtis Lum. 3rd Tue of the month. Taraval Community Room, located at 2345 - 24th Ave. 759-3100.

Wed • Healing CuisineMeredith McCarthy

Wed Apr 16 | 6 pm | Foods that prevent and heal chronic disease Meredith McCarty, natural health expert shows you how using a whole foods, plant-based diet. Author of cookbooks on vegetarian, macrobiotic and dairy-free desserts, she has worked with Drs. Benjamin Spock, Dean Ornish, John McDougall and Neal Barnard. Free. Main Library, 100 Larkin St. Latino/Hispanic Rm. 557-4277 or sfpl.org

Thu • Author Nitza Agam

Thu Apr 24 | 7 pm | Agam discuses Scent of Jasmine, a gripping memoir, set in San Francisco and Israel, crisscrosses the ocean as she finds true love - only to face the loss of her beloved to the Yom Kippur War (‘73). The love and loss never leave her. This is the tale of how she finds herself - a mother, a wife, and a writer. Bookshop West Portal, 80 W Portal Ave. 564-8080

Thu • OMI Neighbors in Action

Thu Apr 24 | 7 pm | Meets last Thu each month. SF State Warriors and Recology are invited. This meeting is at Temple UMC 65 Beverly/Sheilds Street.

Mon • Central Council

Mon Apr 28 | 7:30 pm | West of Twin Peaks Central Council meets to discuss topics of interest to Westside residents. Last Monday each month. Forest Hills Clubhouse, 381 Magellan Ave.

Sat • Sharp

Mon Apr 28 | 7 pm | Sunset Heights Assoc. of Responsible People. Last Mon of each month - sharpsf.com for details. 1736 9th Ave @ Moraga.

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