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Barnett Newman’s Onement IV and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s Four Figures on a Step on View Now

Two more centennial loans are on display now at the CMA as part of the museum’s centennial year celebration! 

The first is Barnett Newman’s Onement IV , on display now through Sun, August 14!

This generous loan from the Allen Memorial Art Museum in Oberlin is one of only 120 paintings created by Newman, and dates to the early years of his mature career, when the artist aligned himself with the burgeoning movement of Abstract Expressionism. 

When first exhibited, Newman’s stark paintings bewildered his contemporaries, provoking negative responses ranging from sarcasm to hostility. Only later, in light of subsequent developments, would they be praised as key works in the history of modern art. Onement IV finds good company in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s gallery 227, which is devoted to Abstract Expressionist painting and sculpture.

The second centennial loan on display now is Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s Four Figures on a Step on display now through Sun, July 24.

This stunning loan from the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth is a rare and charming example of Murillo’s revolutionary street scenes, which depicts four highly individual characters, shedding light on daily life in 17th-century Spain.

During its visit, the Kimbell’s arresting genre painting will enhance the Cleveland Museum of Art’s other Murillo paintings from the artist’s later career: Laban Searching for his Stolen Household Gods, and The Immaculate Conception. Within the context of Cleveland’s Spanish Baroque collection that includes paintings by Zurbarán, El Greco, and Velázquez, Murillo’s Four Figures on a Step allows viewers to experience the astounding depth and beauty of the golden age of Spanish painting. These works and others can be viewed in Gallery 212. 

 

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