The Washerwomen of the Breton CoastOne of the paintings Grohmann Museum collection at MSOE will soon go missing. The museum is loaning Jules Breton’s The Washerwomen of the Breton Coast (1870, oil on canvas, 53 ¼ x 79 ¼ in.) to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art from Oct. 19, 2013 through Feb. 9, 2014 for a special exhibit. Impressionist France: Visions of a Nation from Le Gray to Monet is an exhibition that explores the resonances between landscape and national identity as reflected in paintings and photographs made between 1850 and 1880. The exhibition was co-organized by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the Saint Louis Art Museum. The Washerwomen of the Breton Coast will travel with the exhibit to the Saint Louis Art Museum March 16 through July 6, 2014.

In exchange, the Grohmann Museum will host the reciprocal loan of Julien Depré’s Haying Scene (1884, oil on canvas, 48 5/8 x 59 ½ in., Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Justina G. Catlin in memory of her husband, Daniel Catlin) for the duration of the Impressionist France exhibition.

The Grohmann Museum is home to the Man at Work collection, which comprises more than 900 paintings and sculptures dating from 1580 to the present. They reflect a variety of artistic styles and subjects that document the evolution of organized work: from farming and mining to trades such as glassblowing and seaweed gathering. The Grohmann Museum welcomes visitors to three floors of galleries where a core collection is displayed as well as themed exhibitions. The museum is located at MSOE, an independent, non-profit university with about 2,500 students. MSOE offers 20 bachelor’s degrees and nine master’s degrees in the engineering, business and nursing fields.