The Haggin Museum is one of Stockton’s oldest attractions and the most popular thing to do in town, according to Tripadvisor. Open since 1931, the museum recently completed a $2.5 million face lift that has transformed their galleries and the visitor experience.
The stunning new spaces, designed by internationally recognized design firm Gallagher & Associates, display the Museum’s collection of late 19th to early 20th century American and European fine art. These collections are comprised of works by Albert Bierstadt, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and more. A newly created, permanent gallery dedicated to 20th-century illustrator J.C. Leyendecker includes a rare, in-depth look into his personal life with over 30 original pieces of artwork by the artist - the largest museum owned collection on display in the world.
Here are four fun facts to acquaint you to the new museum fine art galleries:
The Haggin Museum has the Largest J.C. Leyendecker Art Collection on Public Display in the World
Often collected by celebrities such as George Lucas and Steven Speilberg, J.C. Leyendecker (1874-1951) was arguably one of America’s most popular commercial artists of the early 20th century. Leyendecker completed 322 illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post and countless others for magazines such as The American Weekly, Success, and Collier’s. Not only did the artist work for magazines, he also created some of the most successful advertising campaigns in American history, including one for Kellogg’s cereal. J.C. Leyendecker was a mentor to Norman Rockwell, who of course, is most well-known for his Saturday Evening Post covers. The new Leyendecker gallery, situated on the arcade level of the museum, has more than 30 pieces of original artwork from sketches to completed paintings giving an inclusive look into his process. Visitors can also enjoy an intimate look into Leyendecker’s life with photographs, letters, and other personal items. This gallery will surely become a museum favorite.