The NMWA is developed around the core private art collection of Matsukata Kojiro (1865-1950). Matsukata's intention was to create a national museum specializing in Western art. The museum building designed by Le Corbusier houses about 4,500 works, including examples of painting and sculpture from the Renaissance through the beginning of the 20th century. The Main Building displays pre-18th century paintings and prints (Veronese, Rubens, Brueghel, Fragonard, Durer, Holbein, Rembrandt, Callot, Piranesi, Goya, and Klinger). The New Wing displays 19th to early 20th century paintings and drawings (Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, Moreau, Marquet, Picasso, Soutin, Ernst, Miro, Dubuffet, and Pollock).
Lovers of Western art (especially 19th-early 20th century paintings) will not be disappointed by a visit to this museum. The NMWA houses the best collection of Western art outside Europe and Northern America.
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