The museum’s 1916 building was the culmination of years of planning. Early picturesque designs by museum architects Benjamin Hubbell and Dominick Benes included facades featuring sculptures, mosaics, and ornamental architraves. These decorative design elements were eliminated as unnecessary or too costly and a more severe classical building emerged.
Did you know that Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997) was inspired by Chinese art and landscapes? Check out a new display in the CMA’s Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy gallery (240 A) that focuses on the role of Asian art in the evolution of modern American art. In addition to Lichtenstein, see works by Abstract Expressionist Norman Lewis (1909–1979), and photographer Lois Conner (born 1951), alongside examples of Chinese art and landscapes.
Monet's "Spring Flowers" is back on view in gallery 222!
This early work reveal's Monet's fascination with capturing the transitory effects that became the primary focus of his later innovations. Painted with almost scientific accuracy, this still life has a freshness and immediacy derived partly from its composition. Isolated against a dark background, the fully mature peonies, potted hydrangeas, and basketed lilacs spill downward and outward from the geraniums at the rear. At the same time, Monet's energetic brushwork conveys the sparkling play of light on leaves and petals.
Paintings aren’t just made on canvas with oil! Next time you’re in the galleries, check out some paintings created a bit differently.
Johann Georg Platzer, The Artist's Studio, 1740s-1750s
CMA's next exhibition Chaekgeori: Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens opens this Sat, 8/5!
See the first international exhibition in the US to explore the unique type of still-life painting called chaekgeori, translated as “books and things.”