Freer Gallery of Art
Gives a brief biography of Charles L. Freer, businessman and collector of art, who formally presented his collections to the Smithsonian in 1906. A building was designed in the style of the Florentine Renaissance by Charles A. Platt for the Freer Gallery of Art. Includes a description of Freer collections of both Eastern and Western art. His Western art includes such well-known American artists as James McNeill Whistler, Winslow Homer, and Childe Hassam. Freer's Eastern collection includes a large number of Chinese and Japanese paintings as well as objects from Persia, West Asia, East India, and Dynastic Egypt.
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