European Art

oil painting in green tones representing two male farmers digging a field
Jean-François Millet (French, 1814-1875). The Diggers, ca. 1855-56. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Tweed Museum of Art, UMD. Gift of Mrs. George P. (Alice) Tweed. 

The George Peter Tweed Memorial Collection was the Museum's founding gift when his widow, Mrs. Alice Tweed Touhy, donated over 475 European and American artworks to the University of Minnesota Duluth from 1950–1973. Especially rich in works by the French Barbizon School, the rural scenes of  Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Charles Jacque, Jean-François Millet, and Theodore Rousseau resonated with George Tweed. In the tradition of art patrons such as James J. Hill in St. Paul and Isabella Stewart Gardner in Boston, the Tweed’s gift offers today’s visitors access to a collection of 16th–19th century European art, including Austrian, British, Dutch, French, German, Italian, and Swiss art.