Through the eyes of a 19th-century collector

French works acquired by George Lucas on view at BMA

Art Review

October 03, 2006|By Glenn McNatt | Glenn McNatt,Sun art critic

That Baltimore's museums are awash in 19th-century French art is largely because of the efforts of George Lucas, a homegrown aesthete whose passion for the art of his time left a permanent mark on his native city.

Lucas' contribution to Baltimore's cultural legacy is evident in the extensive collection of some 20,000 artworks that he amassed as an expatriate in France during the second half of the 19th century and bequeathed in 1909 to the Maryland Institute College of Art.

If You Go A View Toward Paris: The Lucas Collection of 19th-Century French Art runs through Dec. 31 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Call 443-573-1700 or visit

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