Museums put varied genres in the picture

A new crop of museum exhibits to brighten a traveler's winter day. USA TODAY takes a look at a few:

Art stars

Lucian Freud: The Painter's Etchings Museum of Modern Art, New York Through March 10 He's best known as a portrait painter, one of the most important artists in Britain. This show, however, highlights nearly 100 etchings and explores the relationship to his works on canvas. Information: 212-708-9400 or moma.org.

Gustav Klimt: The Ronald S. Lauder and Serge Sabarsky Collections Neue Galerie, New York Through June 30 More than 120 drawings and eight paintings by the Viennese Expressionist will be on view together for the first time, filling the museum, including a reconstructed room from the artist's studio Information: 212-628-6200 or neuegalerie.org.

Old Masters

Painting the Italian Landscape: Views from the Uffizi Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Va. Through March 23 Covering five centuries of landscape painting, this exhibit features more than 40 paintings by the likes of Botticelli, Poussin and Canaletto from Florence's famed Uffizi gallery. Information: 757-221-2700 or www.wm.edu/muscarelle.

Michelangelo, Vasari and Their Contemporaries: Drawings From the Uffizi Morgan Library & Museum, New York Through April 20 This show features 80 Italian Renaissance drawings from the masters who defined Florentine draftsmanship. Information: 212-685-0008 or themorgan.org.

Modern masters

Degas to Diebenkorn: The Phillips CollectsPhillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Through May 25 Introducing 28 new artists to a renowned collection of modern art, including works by Ansel Adams, Elizabeth Murray and Ellsworth Kelly. The exhibit features 115 artworks by these and the likes of Degas, Klee, Calder and Motherwell. Information: 202-387-2151 or phillipscollection.org.

Gustave CourbetMetropolitan Museum of Art, New York Feb. 27-May 18 A pioneering figure in the history of modernism is the star of this retrospective featuring more than 130 oils and works on paper by a provocative 19th-century artist who was always at odds with the art world. Information: 212-535-7710 or metmuseum.org.

Americans

The American Evolution:A History Through ArtCorcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. March 1-July 27 A fresh look at the gallery's extensive American holdings, this show features more than 200 artworks in a wide range of media dating from the colonial era to the present day. Information: 202-639-1700 or corcoran.org.

Watercolors by Homer:The Color of LightArt Institute of Chicago, Chicago Through May 12 This show explores Homer's mastery of watercolor, highlighting 130 works that display how he unlocked the secrets of a more-difficult-than-it-looks medium. Information: 312-443-3600 or artic.edu.

Europeans

Consuming Passion: Fragonard's Allegories of LoveJ. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles Through May 4 An iconic painting, Fragonard's Fountain of Love will be the highlight of this exhibit of the artist's late works dedicated to the theme of love. Information: 310-440-7300 or getty.edu.

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