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Paul Mellon: In His Own Words

Paul Mellon’s visionary leadership of the National Gallery of Art spanned more than six decades, from 1938 until his death in 1999.  During that time he watched over and nurtured the museum's growth from a single grand building to a mature institution with two monumental structures, a sculpture garden and a world-class collection.  Paul Mellon: In His Own Words is a one-hour film that celebrates his spirit and philosophy.  The narration is composed of his own words and drawn from interviews, speeches and a variety of writings.  Mellon takes us on a journey into his passions and interests in life — including family, art, collecting, horses and racing.  The film captures the gentle nature and wisdom of an extraordinary man.

Paul Mellon: In His Own Words is a production of The National Gallery of Art and presented by WETA, Washington D.C.  Funding for this program is provided by The Annenberg Foundation.

Images

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Winslow Homer, Dad’s Coming!, 1873

Credit: National Gallery of Art, Washington. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon.

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Paul Mellon (right) as a young man.

Credit: Courtesy production.

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Paul Mellon, visionary leader of the National Gallery of Art for more than six decades.

Credit: © Diana Walker

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Paul Cézanne, Boy in a Red Waistcoat, 1888-1890

Credit: National Gallery of Art, Washington. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art.

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Paul Mellon as a child.

Credit: Courtesy production.

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