Continued from Part I
Also on the 1st floor there are several rooms of paintings from French school of the 17th century and British paintings from 18-19th centuries -- the most notable works are by Reynolds, Gainesborough, Fragonard, Watteau. More of 19th century is represented by Sargeant, Whistler, Delacroix, Goya, Corot, Constable, and Courbet. There is also a very impressive collection of impressionists and post-impressionists: Manet, Pissarro, Monet, Renoir, Sisley, Degas ("Swaying Dancer" is probably the envy of any museum), Toulouse-Lautrec, Gaughin, Bonnard, Van Gogh, and Cezanne are all next door to the expressionism/avant-garde of Kandinsky, von Jawlensky, Goncharova, Larionov, Delaunay, Vlaminck, Braque, Kokoshka, and Dufy.
The main floor continues the various movements of the 20th century almost as a retrospective of the past century. It boasts such names as Mondrian, Leger, Picasso, Braque, Gris, Popova, Kupka, Rozanova, Udaltzova, Chashnik, Suetin, Lissitsky, Filonov, Glebova, Annenkov, Ernst, Klee, Chagall, Matisse, Miro, Pollock, Gorky, O’Keefe, Kooning, Dali, Tanguy, Giacometti, Magritte, and Francis Bacon. At the entrance to the collection on the main floor you can also see Tintoretto’s "Paradise," which looks like a miniature of the wall in Doge’s Palace.
The temporary exhibit that shares the floor with the modern art is "Ribera – The Pieta" (through May 11, 2003), which is free. This is not a large exhibit but it shows the paintings that influenced Ribera’s vision that are on loan here from the National Gallery in London, the Louvre, museums of Rome, Naples, Museo del Prado and led to the painting of his Pieta which belongs to the Museo Thyssen collection. Also here are Ribera’s sketches of Pieta from private collections.