Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Baltimore Museum of Art European paintings part 2

One of my favorite museums in Baltimore is the Baltimore museum of art. Housed in a 1920's Classical temple building designed by architect John Russell Pope, The museums collection started from a single object in 1914, The Baltimore Museum of Art’s internationally renowned collection today encompasses 90,000 works of art, including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world, as well as masterpieces by Pablo Picasso, Paul Cézanne, and Vincent van Gogh.

The BMA’s holdings of American decorative arts include an extensive furniture collection that represents the major historic cabinetmaking centers of 18th and 19th century Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York, and Boston. Many of these objects came from Miss Dorothy McIlvain Scott, a generous Baltimore philanthropist and collector.

A remarkable gift in 1933 by Mrs. Miles White, Jr. of over 200 stunning pieces of Maryland silver formed the nucleus of an impressive silver collection that now embraces objects by leading 18th- and early 19th-century silversmiths in Annapolis and Baltimore, as well as elegant examples of early English silver owned by Maryland families during the Federal era. Later masterworks by artists from Louis Comfort Tiffany to Georg Jensen are also on view.

Other notable aspects of the decorative arts collection include a rare set of five clerestory windows and two brilliant mosaic-clad architectural columns that represent Tiffany's lasting contribution to 20th-century ornament. Period rooms from six historic Maryland houses, along with architectural elements from other historic buildings, illustrate town and country building styles from the 18th and 19th centuries, and a dozen miniature rooms made by Chicago miniaturist Eugene Kupjack invite scrutiny of a variety of decorative styles at close range.

The BMA has an outstanding collection of American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts dating from the colonial era to the late 20th century. Among the highlights are important regional holdings such as Maryland-related portraiture by Charles Willson Peale, Rembrandt Peale, and other members of the renowned Peale family; silver from Baltimore's prominent silver manufacturing company Samuel Kirk & Son;and painted furniture by John and Hugh Finlay of Baltimore.

Thomas Lawrence - George IV 

Elisabeth Louise Vigee-LeBrun - Princess Anna Alexandrovna Galitzin, 1797

Elisabeth Louise Vigee-LeBrun - Princess Anna Alexandrovna Galitzin, 1797

I own a frame just like this one 

Thomas Couture - Woman in Profile, 1860's

Claude Monet - Waterloo Bridge, Sunlight Effect with Smoke, 1903

Pierre Auguste Renoir - Child with Hoop, 1875

Vincent Van Gogh's A Pair of Boots, 1887

Pablo Picasso - Mother and Child, 1922

Pablo Picasso - La Coiffure, 1905

Henri Matisse - Odalisque with Green Sash, 1927

Henri Matisse - Young Woman at the Window, Sunset 1921 

Henri Matisse - The Embroidered Dark Blouse (Woman in Red Chair), 1936  

Edgar Degas - Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, 1881 

Edgar Degas - Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, 1881 

Bust of Tethys, third century Antioch mosaic

Antioch and Roman Lion Mosaic - The Striding Lion 5th Century

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