Thursday, October 20, 2011

A Visit to The Milwaukee Art Museum, Part 3 of 3

I hope you'll be able to visit the Milwaukee Art Museum while the Impressionism Exhibit is there. It's an absolute gem. 

Friend Robin made the trip with me

If you don't care for Impressionist art, there are plenty of other works by notable artists in the museum's regular collection.

The museum displays about 20 Georgia O'Keeffe pieces. Georgia O'Keeffe lived in Sun Prairie, WI until she moved to Chicago to study at the age of 15. Did you know she was later married to the famous photographer, Alfred Steiglitz?

Turkey Feathers in Indian Pot by Georgia O'Keeffe, 1935. 

O'Keeffe, Poppies, 1950,

If you like modern art, you'll be glad to know that the museum owns a Rothko.
This is "Green, Red, Blue," created in 1955 by Mark Rothko. He displayed "the expression of man's basic emotions." Rothko was a leader of the Abstract Expressionists.

The Horseman, 1966, by Russian Marc Chagall
Girl in Straw Hat, 1903, by the French artist Pierre Bonnard

Hark! The Lark, 1882, by American artist, Winslow Homer

Gilbert Stuart, famous for his iconic portrait(s) of George Washington, finished this portrait of Eliza Susan Morton (Mrs. Josiah Quincy) much later, in 1809.

From the museum's website:
"Four floors of over forty galleries of art are rotated regularly with works from antiquity to the present in the Museum’s far-reaching Collection. Included in the Collection are 15th– to 20th–century European and 17th– to 20th–century American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, decorative arts, photographs, and folk and self-taught art. Among the best in the nation are the Museum’s holding of American decorative arts, German Expressionism, folk and Haitian art, and American art after 1960. The Museum also holds one of the largest collections of works by Wisconsin native Georgia O’Keeffe.
Important artists represented include Nardo di Cione, Francisco de Zurbarán, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Winslow Homer, Auguste Rodin, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pablo Picasso, Jóan Miro, Mark Rothko, Robert Gober, and Andy Warhol.
In addition to the works in the Museum’s Collection galleries, there are a variety of changing exhibitions throughout the year..."

To learn more about The Milwaukee Museum go to: http://mam.org/


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The Prude said...

I wish I knew more about modern art...

One of the things I appreciate about your blog is how careful you are to not show a bias in posts like this. You are the perfect 'Visits' guide.

Lori Lipsky said...

Thanks, Anita. You are kind.

When we went to Europe, Paige had just finished one or two contemporary art classes, so I learned a ton as we visited the Tate Modern and other museums.
Now I feel I have a bit of a better (third-party-type-of) understanding, though my favorites these days are definitely Renoir, Van Gogh and Monet. Love them.

Robin J. Steinweg said...

Unlike Lori, I am not careful to avoid a bias. The color blocks did nothing whatever for me (o-kay--there's a red rectangle, a blue rectangle, and a yellow. It makes me feel... nothing!).

However, I concede that it's possible that if I sat in front of it long enough, I might feel something. Maybe. Hungry, or tired? Sorry! The rest of the museum was amazing and gorgeous and filled with pathos and joy and yearning and wisdom. WOW! THanks, Lori!