Kimbell Art Museum stays open late

The Kimbell Art Museum is staying open late for the final weekend of the Faces of Impressionism exhibit.

The Kimbell will stay open longer to receive more visitors in the final days of its three month stay in Fort Worth. The museum will now close at 8 p.m. from Friday to Sunday. 

With the closing of the exhibit approaching, lines of patrons snaked out the door and on to the lawn this Tuesday afternoon.

“I’m thrilled with the visitation and response to this stunning exhibition,” said Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell. 

"We have extended our hours to make sure that everyone will have the opportunity to visit before these framed works return to France.”

All paintings in the Impressionism exhibit are from the famous Museé d’Orsay in Paris, France. More than 70 paintings and sculptures are featured, most of them portraits.

Faces of Impressionism is one of the most spectacular exhibitions ever presented at the Kimbell, from the most important repository of Impressionist art in the world," Lee said. "It is not to be missed."

While all of the paintings come from Paris, the exhibit offers a unique experience. Many of the works on display have never been featured in the same exhibit before, according to the museum.

Impressionism is a movement that was popularized in France during the late 19th century, according to a Kimbell press release. It focuses on the depiction of light and landscapes through the use of small yet recognizable strokes. 

Famous Impressionists featured in the exhibition include Edgar Degas, Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro, Berthe Morisot, Claude Monet, Édouard Manet, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent van Gogh. 

In addition to longer hours on Friday afternoon, the Kimbell will also be offering half price tickets for all patrons. Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for students with a valid student ID.

After this weekend, the exhibit will leave Fort Worth, but others will soon take its place.

Starting March 1, the Kimbell will display the collection of Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass. This exhibit will combine the art collections of two powerhouses in Texas business and span multiple time periods from Impressionism to post-World War II. Admission will be free.