Collection: Humble and Human

The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, in partnership with the Detroit Institute of Arts, is proud to present Humble and Human, an exhibition in celebration of Ralph C. Wilson, Jr., a philanthropist, business leader, and advocate for the citizens of Western New York and Southeast Michigan—regions he called home. A long-term resident of Detroit and founding owner of the Buffalo Bills, Mr. Wilson profoundly shaped the industry and commerce of these two cities during his lifetime, and today his spirit is carried on in the work of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. His dedication to innovation and perseverance are also reflected in the collections of both museums, which have long served as cornerstones of the Great Lakes region.

Featuring more than forty paintings and sculptures from the collections of the Albright-Knox and the Detroit Institute of Arts by artists including Paul CézanneEdgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Humble and Humanhas been organized in recognition of Mr. Wilson’s enduring compassion and goodwill toward others. During his lifetime, he amassed a small but impressive collection of paintings by Impressionist artists. Mr. Wilson saw in the works of these late nineteenth-century avant-gardists—especially those of Monet—reflections of the values and ideas that were close to his own heart: the celebration of simple pleasures and ordinary people.

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Rounded Flower Bed (Corbeille de fleurs) by Claude Monet
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Self-Portrait by Vincent van Gogh Archival Print
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Portrait of Postman Roulin by Vincent van Gogh
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Bank of the Oise at Auvers by Vincent van Gogh
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Dancers in the Green Room by Edgar Degas
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The Four-Leaf Clover by Winslow Homer
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The White Veil by Willard Leroy Metcalf
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Madame Paul Poirson by John Singer Sargent
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In the Garden by Mary Cassatt
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Violinist and Young Woman by Edgar Degas
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Jockeys on Horseback before Distant Hills by Edgar Degas
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Cafe Scene in Paris by Henri Gervex
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Woman in an Armchair by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
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View of Le Crotoy from Upstream by Georges Seurat
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