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The Hyde Collection

The Hyde Collection is a historic house and museum complex with a distinguished collection of art, featuring Old Masters, 19th-Century European and American art, and Modern and Contemporary art. Open year-round, The Hyde presents changing exhibitions in its five gallery spaces, as well as lectures, concerts, family activities, education programs, and school and group tours.

The Hyde opened as a museum in 1963. A product of the golden age of the private art collector, The Hyde is one of the Northeast’s exceptional small art museums with distinguished collections of European and American art. The core collection, acquired by Museum founders Louis and Charlotte Hyde, includes works by such artists as Sandro Botticelli, El Greco, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Edgar Degas, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and American artists Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, and James McNeill Whistler.

The Museum’s collection of Modern and Contemporary art features works by artists including Josef Albers, Dorothy Dehner, Sam Gilliam, Adolph Gottlieb, Grace Hartigan, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, George McNeil, Robert Motherwell, Ben Nicholson, Robert Rauschenberg, and Bridget Riley. Today, it presents changing exhibitions in its five galleries, as well as lectures, cultural events, family activities, and school programming in its museum complex and historic house in downtown Glens Falls.

161 Warren Street
Glens Falls, NY 12801
PAPER WORKERS, FINCH PRUYN & CO.,GLENS FALLS, NEW YORK, DOUGLASS CROCKWELL, 1934, Hyde Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel P. Hoopes, Jr.

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The Hyde Collection offers works of American and European art that span almost 6,000 years of art from antiquity to the present. The Museum’s founders, Louis and Charlotte Hyde, acquired the majority of objects during a fifty-year period of avid and highly informed collecting. Many of these works are displayed in Hyde House, the founders’ former home.

The permanent collection consists of more than 4,000 objects, comprising paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and decorative arts, including furniture and textiles. When the Hydes began collecting, their focus was not unlike that of their contemporaries. They acquired Old Master paintings and drawings by such artists as Sandro Botticelli, Claude Lorrain, El Greco, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, and Giambattista Tiepolo. In their most important decisions, notable scholars William R. Valentiner and R. Langton Douglas often guided them. The Hydes also assembled a significant group of works by important American artists including Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, John Frederick Peto, Albert Pinkhma Ryder, Elihu Vedder, and James McNeill Whistler.

To further enhance their growing art collection and the Italian Renaissance-style villa they built in 1912, the Hydes acquired sixteenth-century Renaissance tapestries and furniture, as well as late-eighteenth-century Neoclassical French seating furniture and marquetry desks.

After the death of her husband in 1934, Charlotte Hyde continued to acquire new works of art. Approximately two-thirds of the core collection reflects her personal decisions and tastes. It was also during this time that she decided to broaden the scope of the collection, acquiring additional works by such modern masters as Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, George Seurat, and Vincent van Gogh. Mrs. Hyde died in 1963, at which time The Hyde Collection opened to the public on a permanent basis.

The collection continues to grow most rapidly with works by late nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and European artists. The collection boasts works by George Bellows, Stuart Davis, Dorothy Dehner, Arthur Dove, Lyonel Feininger, Adolph Gottlieb, Keith Haring, Barbara Hepworth, Edward Hopper, Wassily Kandinsky, John Marin, Ben Nicholson, John Henry Ramirez, Diego Rivera, Georges Rouault, David Smith, Max Weber, and Abraham Walkowitz. With the gift of the Feibes and Schmitt Collection in 2016, The Hyde gained an additional 160 works by some of the most well-known, respected, and studied artists in Modern and Contemporary art. These include: Joseph Albers, Jean Arp, Grace Hartigan, Ellsworth Kelly, Franz Kline, Sol LeWitt, Man Ray, Robert Motherwell, Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg, George Rickey, Bridget Riley, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol, among others.

View the highlights of the collection or browse more than 3,000 works in The Hyde’s collection through E-Museum.

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Wood and Whitney-Renz galleries
Sunday, October 6, to Sunday, January 5, 2020

Picasso, Braque, and Léger: Twentieth Century Modern Masters 
examines the careers and influence of three of Modern art’s most influential figures, Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), Georges Braque (1882–1963), and Fernand Léger (1881–1955). Each of their art began when Post-Impressionism was en vogue, but they — inspired by Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) — forged their own way, founding Cubism and forever changing the face of Modern art.

Cubism marks the start of the evolution of Modern art. Through it, Picasso, Braque, and Léger left extensive legacies, which are observed in this well-balanced selection of important prints that include some of the best-known examples by each artist.

Organized by Contemporary and Modern Print Exhibitions.

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