Ralph Wilson Jr. (1918 - 2014) is a philanthropist, business leader and founder owner of the Buffalo Bills football team.
The exhibition features over forty paintings and sculptures from the collections of the Albright-Knox Gallery andDetroit Institute of Art artists such as Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Berta Maurice, Camille Pissarro and Pierre Auguste Renoir. Ralph Wilson himself, during his lifetime, assembled a small but impressive collection of paintings by impressionist artists. Mr. Wilson saw in the works of these avant-garde artists of the late nineteenth century, especially Monet, a reflection of values and ideas that were close to his heart: a celebration of simple pleasures and ordinary people.
The exhibition also features works by Mary Cassat, Child Hassam, Winslow Homer, Willard Leroy Metcalfe, John Singer Sargent and other American artists, inspired by the new impressionist approach and their expression of modern life.
The exhibition was organized by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Detroit Institute of Arts in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mr. Ralph Wilson Jr.