Lichtenstein and China: Asian Art Influence in Modern American Art

Posted on August 16, 2017 by cmoore

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!

Posted on August 11, 2017 by cmoore

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.

Surface Level

Posted on August 4, 2017 by cmoore

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

Dwelling by a Mountain Stream On View NOW!

Posted on July 26, 2017 by cmoore

Check out the Korean hanging scroll “Dwelling by a Mountain Stream” on view NOW in gallery 236, part of a number of new works on view!

In this magnificent painting, a scholar-hermit in a red robe guides viewers into the mountains where he dwells. Acquired as part of the 2015 bequest of George Gund III, this painting offers a rare glimpse into the early landscape painting tradition of the Joseon period that combines the heroic vision of monumental landscape with a poetic narrative of intimate human stories. 

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