November 1, 2022 | Claudia Einecke
Regular readers of this magazine will remember the bombshell news, in 2019, that the High had been given an astounding twenty-four French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings from the collection of Atlanta philanthropists Doris and Shouky Shaheen. This amazing trove, by such celebrated greats as Claude Monet, Amedeo Modigliani, and Henri Matisse, quickly went on view in the heart of our European galleries, on the Second Level of the Stent Family Wing.
But this story didn’t end there. Almost immediately, the Shaheens took steps to augment their great gift and, in just three years, have added four oils and two pastels—important works by (in the order of their purchase) Camille Pissarro, Pierre Bonnard, Mary Cassatt, Berthe Morisot, Édouard Manet, and Pierre Auguste Renoir.
When you visit the Shaheen Gallery to scope out these new treasures, you will discover that some of them are installed in a novel way: instead of following the usual linear museum hang, the paintings on one wall are hung more densely, in a dynamic pattern reminiscent of how they might have been presented in a private collector’s home with limited wall space. We hope you will enjoy the multiple visual connections this encourages—formal juxtapositions and parallels that might not be so obvious otherwise.