Our collection galleries are continually being installed with newly acquired works as well as enduring favorites from the Museum’s collection. Visit us to view these newly installed objects in person.
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Across North America, museums are working with Native American and First Nations communities to expand the stories they tell about Native American art. To help engage a chorus of voices at the Saint Louis Art Museum, we work closely with artists of Indigenous heritage.
In the fourth collaborative project in a series featuring a contemporary Native artist, Edgar Heap of Birds installed 16 pairs of moccasins from the Museum’s collection in Gallery 322.
Newly installed in the Museum’s Romanticism gallery is Sunburst in the Riesengebirge, a recently acquired landscape painting by the German Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840). While the painting may be unassuming in scale, it is yet rich in the allegorical imagery that characterizes much of the artist’s work. Friedrich was the leading German painter of the first half of the 19th century and one of the leading figures of European Romanticism.
Renowned for her perceptive and meticulously detailed depictions of animals, French artist Rosa Bonheur became one of the most admired painters in Europe in the mid-19th century. Bonheur’s 1887 painting Relay Hunting was recently installed in the Museum’s Realism gallery, which displays work representative of a mid-19th-century shift away from historical, mythological, and religious paintings toward the truthful depiction of everyday, contemporary subject matter that appealed to Europe’s expanding middle classes.
A surprising multiplicity of sources is brought into harmony in this beautiful, salmon-colored terracotta sculpture by American artist John Storrs (1885–1956). The choice of subject, a mother and child, evolved from the artist’s emotional experience of the death of his mother and birth of his only child. Its visual language, however, is starkly modernist.
A recent gift to the Museum from the Estate of Mary and Oliver Langenberg, Pink Roses in a Glass Vase is on view in Gallery 209, which is devoted to modern still lifes. The painting is displayed alongside early 20th-century still lifes by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Max Beckmann, and others.
The Museum recently installed Tamayo’s painting The Dog and Serpent, 1943, and Mérida’s The Three Princesses, 1955, in Gallery 212. Titled Art of the Unconscious, this gallery examines the influence of developing ideas of psychoanalysis on European and American art, particularly Surrealism.