The Legion of Honor displays a collection spanning more than 6,000 years of ancient and European art and houses the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts in a neoclassical building overlooking Lincoln Park and the Golden Gate Bridge.
The museum contains a representative collection of European art, the largest portion of which is French. Its most distinguished collection is of sculpture by Auguste Rodin. Casts of some of his most famous works are on display, including one of The Thinker in the Court of Honor. However there are individual works by many other artists, including François Boucher, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, David, El Greco, Rubens, and many of the Impressionists and post-Impressionists—Degas, Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Seurat, Cézanne and others. There are also representative works by key twentieth century figures such as Braque and Picasso, and works of contemporary artists like Gottfried Helnwein and Robert Crumb.
- St. Francis Venerating the Crucifix. El Greco, 1595
- St. John the Baptist. El Greco, 1600
- The Tribute Money. Peter Paul Rubens, 1612
- The Age of Bronze. Auguste Rodin, 1875
- Trotting Horse. Edgar Degas, 1881
- The Kiss. Auguste Rodin, 1884
- The Grand Canal. Claude Monet, 1908
- Waterlilies. Claude Monet, 1914
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