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Rarely seen American paintings from a private family collection in Maryland will be going on view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The museum said Thursday that Thelma and Melvin Lenkin of Chevy Chase, Maryland, are lending 19 major paintings to the museum for display April 17 through Aug. 16.

The Lenkin collection includes masterworks of American impressionism and from the Ashcan school, portraying scenes of daily life in New York.

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Work by French artist Henri Matisse will be exhibited at Charlotte’s Bechtler Museum of Modern Art starting Friday.

On loan from the Bank of America Collection, “The Art Books of Henri Matisse” includes 80 framed illustrations with text from some of Matisse’s most significant books.

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The Swiss family foundation that reportedly sold a painting by Paul Gauguin to the Qatar Museums Authority for a record $300 million has withdrawn the long-term loan of its 19th- and 20th-century art collection from the Kunstmuseum Basel. Gauguin’s oil painting of two Tahitian girls, "Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?)," was one of eighteen works lent to the museum by the Rudolf Staechelin Family Trust after the death of the Swiss collector in 1946.

The museum said in a statement that it “profoundly regrets” the loss of the collection, which includes Impressionist and Post-Impressionist pieces by Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro.

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A new record price for an artwork, nearly $300 million, may have been achieved with the sale of a Paul Gauguin canvas by a Swiss collector. The buyer is rumored to be the Qatar Museums.

The seller, Rudolf Staechelin, a retired Sotheby's executive who now lives in Basel, confirmed the sale this afternoon to the "New York Times," but declined to identify the buyer or disclose the price. The 1892 oil painting, "Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?)," is one of over 20 works in his collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art. Prior to the sale, the Gauguin canvas had been on loan to the Kunstmuseum in Basel for close to fifty years.

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The Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria is hosting an exhibition of 19th-century graphic works, on loan from Paris’ Musée d’Orsay.

The exhibition includes pastels by Edgar Degas, Georges Seurat, and Odilon Redon; gouaches by Honoré Daumier and Gustave Moreau; watercolors by Paul Cézanne, along with works by other artists of the period. The exhibition encompasses a broad range of artistic movements and styles.

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Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza has an extra three months to decide if 429 works from her personal art collection will remain in Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum or go on loan elsewhere for a fee. She was expected to announce her decision by February 15 but the deadline has been extended to May 15.

In 1993, Thyssen-Bornemisza’s late husband Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza sold 775 works to the Spanish government for $350m. These pieces are now in the purpose-built museum in Madrid. After the museum opened, she started her own collection and loaned 429 works to the Madrid museum in 1999 for 11 years. The loan has been renewed annually since 2012.

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There is something mysterious going on at Worcester Art Museum and one of the greatest painters in the history of the Western art is deeply involved.

It is a tale of two Madonnas, one by Raphael, the revered master of the High Renaissance, and the other by a mystery painter who aimed to imitate him and came pretty close. Washington's National Gallery of Art has loaned Raphael's "Small Cowper Madonna" to WAM, where it will be on view now through Sept. 27. Hanging next to the Raphael in a small gallery is the "Northbrook Madonna," a thematically and stylistically similar work that WAM has owned since the 1940s.

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One of the Taft Museum of Art's most distinctive paintings is on loan to an exhibition featuring John Singer Sargent that will travel to London, England, and New York. In exchange, Cincinnati art lovers will be able to view an intimate painting by Mary Cassatt, on loan from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Taft Museum's painting, "Robert Louis Stevenson" by John Singer Sargent, is being loaned to the exhibition "Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends." The show will be on view at the National Portrait Gallery in London from Feb. 12 to May 25. After that, it will travel to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, where it can be viewed from June 30 to Oct. 4.

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Museums do not usually like surprises, but the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) is planning an entire year’s worth of them. In honor of its centennial, the MIA is unveiling a series of high-profile international loans and public art projects without warning. The first birthday surprise, unveiled today, is "Woman Reading a Letter," around 1663, by Johannes Vermeer, which is on loan from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam until April 19.

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The Phillips Collection opened an exhibition of works by preeminent artist Jacob Lawrence. Produced between 1954 and 1956, "Struggle … From the History of the American People" portrays scenes from American history, chronicling events from the Revolutionary War through the great westward expansion of 1817. The Phillips is displaying 12 panels from the series, on loan from the Harvey and Harvey-Ann Ross collection, in "Jacob Lawrence: Struggle … From the History of the American People." The exhibition runs through August 9, 2015.

In 1954—a decade after completing his epic masterwork "The Migration Series"—Lawrence conceived of a new 60-panel series dedicated to telling the history of the American people.

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