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MODERN ART

The Museum's collection of modern European art is one of the largest and most distinguished components of its holdings, spanning 150 years of European painting and sculpture (1800-1950). Highlights include French Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterworks, German Expressionist masterpieces, and the largest public collection of paintings in the world by Max Beckmann.

Around 160 works are on view in 13 galleries which move chronologically from early 19th-century Romanticism through to mid-20th-century Surrealism and abstraction. Within this chronology, galleries are arranged thematically around genres such as landscape, portraiture, the body, and still life. The centerpiece of the installation is a large gallery devoted to the work of Beckmann. Also on view are major Impressionist paintings including Monet's Water Lilies and five works by Vincent van Gogh. The installation also contains Matisse's masterpiece, Bathers with a Turtle, many German Expressionist masterworks, and five pictures by Pablo Picasso.

The modern European art collection is particularly indebted to gifts from two St Louis businessmen and philanthropists: Morton D. May, and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr.

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Curator

Simon Kelly has been the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Saint Louis Art Museum since September, 2010. He worked previously at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City. He received his BA from the University of Cambridge and his PhD from Oxford University, where he also taught art history.

Simon has organized numerous exhibitions including Monet's Water Lilies (2011), for which he wrote the accompanying catalogue. He has curated the recent reinstallation of the Museum's collection of Modern European art, 1800-1950, and Contemporary art. He has also co-curated the installation of Andy Goldsworthy's Stone Sea. He has published extensively on 19th and early-20th century French art including the book Untamed: the Art of Antoine-Louis Barye (2006), and essays in the exhibition catalogues Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 (2007); In the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painters and Photographers from Corot to Monet (2008); Manet, the Man who Invented Modern Art (2011); and Becoming Van Gogh (2012). He has also produced significant publications on Barbizon School artists including Rousseau and Millet. His research has focused on landscape painting and broader cultural markets.

Future projects include the upcoming exhibition Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet, which the Saint Louis Art Museum is organizing with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, and the development of the Museum's Outdoor Sculpture Garden.

Related Exhibitions

Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet

Related Programs

The Paintings of Mark Rothko
Gallery Talk. Meet at the Information Center. Free.
Thursday, July 31, 11:00 am
Friday, August 1, 6:00 pm

Join Simon Kelly, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, for a lively and informative discussion on The Paintings of Mark Rothko.

Living St. Louis - Modern Art



Learning Resources

Discover Monet
Paint Like Monet
Art of Europe 1800-1945
The Museum's collection of modern European art is one of the largest and most distinguished components of its holdings, spanning 150 years of European painting and sculpture (1800-1950). Highlights include French Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterworks, German Expressionist masterpieces, and the largest public collection of paintings in the world by Max Beckmann.

Around 160 works are on view in 13 galleries which move chronologically from early 19th-century Romanticism through to mid-20th-century Surrealism and abstraction. Within this chronology, galleries are arranged thematically around genres such as landscape, portraiture, the body, and still life. The centerpiece of the installation is a large gallery devoted to the work of Beckmann. Also on view are major Impressionist paintings including Monet's Water Lilies and five works by Vincent van Gogh. The installation also contains Matisse's masterpiece, Bathers with a Turtle, many German Expressionist masterworks, and five pictures by Pablo Picasso.

The modern European art collection is particularly indebted to gifts from two St Louis businessmen and philanthropists: Morton D. May, and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr.

View our Modern Art Collection

Curator

Simon Kelly has been the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Saint Louis Art Museum since September, 2010. He worked previously at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore; and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City. He received his BA from the University of Cambridge and his PhD from Oxford University, where he also taught art history.

Simon has organized numerous exhibitions including Monet's Water Lilies (2011), for which he wrote the accompanying catalogue. He has curated the recent reinstallation of the Museum's collection of Modern European art, 1800-1950, and Contemporary art. He has also co-curated the installation of Andy Goldsworthy's Stone Sea. He has published extensively on 19th and early-20th century French art including the book Untamed: the Art of Antoine-Louis Barye (2006), and essays in the exhibition catalogues Renoir Landscapes: 1865-1883 (2007); In the Forest of Fontainebleau: Painters and Photographers from Corot to Monet (2008); Manet, the Man who Invented Modern Art (2011); and Becoming Van Gogh (2012). He has also produced significant publications on Barbizon School artists including Rousseau and Millet. His research has focused on landscape painting and broader cultural markets.

Future projects include the upcoming exhibition Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet, which the Saint Louis Art Museum is organizing with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, and the development of the Museum's Outdoor Sculpture Garden.




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