Sunday, July 24, 2011

My Favorite Art Museum

I saved the best for last - the My favorite because...I had the good fortune to see my first Monet exhibit there in the 80's in which THREE of his waterlily paintings covered the 3 walls in the same room! Marvelous! Not to mention a roomful of nothing but haystack paintings in another.

You'll notice in the pix the large crane visible on the left - they're in the midst of a major expansion. In front of the museum, is a gorgeous view of a reflecting pool in Forest Park. The long sloping hill is used for sledding in the winter...

Best of all, this museum is free, just like those mentioned in my last two blog posts. Here's a sampling of what you would see from their permanent collections...

Keith, by Chuck Close, 1970

The Mother, Pablo Picasso, 1901

Winter Landscape, Wassily Kandinsky, 1911

The Dreamer, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1879

The Promenade with the Railroad Bridge, Argenteuil, Claude Monet, 1874

Stairway at Auvers, Vincent Van Gogh, July 1890

This sculpture by Edgar Degas was stunning.
Little Dancer of Fourteen Years (c. 1880, cast c. 1920)

The description accompanying the work stated: "The model for this sculpture was Marie Van Goethen, a young ballet student at the Paris Opera. When the original wax version (now at the National Gallery in Washington D.C.) was displayed at the 1881 Impressionist exhibition, it was criticized for its unorthodox realism and use of real clothing. It was even considered ugly. The wax Little Dancer was the only sculpture exhibited by Degas in his lifetime. This bronze is one of twenty-four cast after his death."

Just beautiful...


  1. Looks like a nice museum, but a little far from here...
    There are bronze casts of the Degas dancer in a nearby museum, the Clarke Art Institute in Williamstown Mass, and also in the Metropolitan Museum in NYC.

  2. I live in St. Louis and enjoy our museum as well. Did you know that in October, the 3 Monet Water Lilies will be on exhibition at SLAM again? :)

  3. I saw the Monet exhibit here (2011) in KC, Mo it was amazing to see all three together like you said.
    Must come back to St.L to see all the art museums again. It's been too long.

  4. I brought my Mizzou son to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri two years ago and enjoyed introducing him to all the great work there too! And again, FREE!
    So excited to hear the waterlilies will be together again this fall...

  5. I love all the free stuff in STL. Did you visit Laumeier Sculpture Park?


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