The Met is having a special exhibition: The Americans in Paris 1860-1900, that will be open until January 28, 2007. In the late 19th century, American artists by the hundreds - including such luminaries as James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Thomes Eakins, and Winslow Homer - were irresistably drawn to Paris, the world's new art capital. By studying with leading masters and showing their works in Paris, these artists aimed to attract patronage from American collectors who had begun to buy contemporary French art in earnest soon after the end of the American Civil War. Paris inspired decicive changes in American painters' styles and subjects, and stimulated the creation of more sophisticated art schools and higher professional standards back in the United States.
The National Gallery now has an exhibit: Strokes of Genius: Rembradt's Prints and Drawings, as well as Master Drawings from the Woodner Collection. The latter is only open until Dec. 31, 2006.