Museum Tour: Saint Louis Art Museum, Part 1, Landscapes

On a warm Saturday last October (2016), Stacey and I had a free morning in St. Louis while daughter Zoe took her college entrance exam at the local community college. Naturally, we visited the Saint Louis Art Museum. The museum was founded in 1879, in the decade when many large cities in the eastern half of the country established art museums. The main building, designed by Cass Gilbert, was built for the 1904 World’s Fair. The addition of 2013 was designed by David Chipperfield, who designed our local art museum, the Figge in Davenport, Iowa.

Two outstanding attributes of the museum are its site in expansive Forest Park, a few mile west of downtown, and its free admission, every day.

This first post focuses on landscape paintings that we viewed, an area of particular interest to me. I’ll have images of other notable art in another post.

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"Apotheosis of St. Louis," which stands at the front entrance to the museum, is a statue of King Louis IX of France,

Apotheosis of St. Louis, Charles Nieuhaus, 1904-06. The statue of King Louis IX of France stands at the front entrance to the museum.

Maurice de Vlaminck, Le Havre: Le Grand Quzi, 1906. The artist was one of the fauves, or wild beasts, who used pure, unmixed colors.

Maurice de Vlaminck, Le Havre: Le Grand Quzi, 1906. The artist was one of the fauves, or wild beasts, who used pure, unmixed colors.

Robert Delaunay, 1924, Eiffel Tower.

Robert Delaunay, 1924, Eiffel Tower.

Max Beckmann, The Harbor of Genoa, 1927.

Max Beckmann, The Harbor of Genoa, 1927.

E.L. Kirchner, 1927-28, View of Basel and the Rhine.

E.L. Kirchner, 1927-28, View of Basel and the Rhine.

Joe Jones, River Front (Saint Louis Levee), 1932.

Joe Jones, River Front (Saint Louis Levee), 1932.

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Joe Jones, View of St. Louis, 1932.

Ralston Crawford, Coal Elevators, 1938.

Ralston Crawford, Coal Elevators, 1938.

 

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