Category: american painters

philamuseum: “When a beautiful rose dies beau…


“When a beautiful rose dies beauty does not die because it is not really in the rose. Beauty is an awareness in the mind.” —Agnes Martin, from her 1989 essay “Beauty is the Mystery of Life”

Explore the ideas that shaped Agnes Martin’s art in our exhibition “Agnes Martin: The Untroubled Mind/Works from the Daniel W. Dietrich II Collection,” on view until October 14. 

Untitled #6,” 1985, by Agnes Martin © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 

brooklynmuseum: NOW ON VIEW on our fourth floo…


NOW ON VIEW on our fourth floor: Mickalene Thomas

Mickalene Thomas’s large-scale work Monet’s Salle a Manger Jaune (2012)  was inspired by the artist’s 2011 residency at the house and gardens of the French Impressionist painter Claude Monet in Giverny, France. Thomas responded strongly to the colors Monet selected for the rooms of his house, the collection of art that hung on the walls, and the views of the garden that were deliberately framed by the windows. The Giverny residency coincided with her adoption of interiors and landscape as motifs in her own work. 

Mickalene Thomas (American, born 1971). Monet’s Salle a Manger Jaune, 2012. Rhinestone, acrylic, oil and enamel on wood panel. Brooklyn Museum, A. Augustus Healy Fund, 2012.73a-b. © artist or artist’s estate 

Grace Hudson (American, 1865 – 1937): Untitled…

Grace Hudson (American, 1865 – 1937): Untitled (Head, Little Upper Lake Girl) (via Bonhams)

missannavaldez: Anna Valdez Laptop with Landsc…


Anna Valdez

Laptop with Landscape, 2014. oil on canvas, 32 x 30 inches.

brooklynmuseum: 🔵  Here’s a little BLUESDAY i…


🔵  Here’s a little BLUESDAY inspiration from our American art collection, currently on view in Infinite Blue.

American artist Yvonne Jacquette began painting aerial views in the 1970s and has become known for her explorations of perspective and composition in her bird’s-eye cityscapes. To create these views, Jacquette works from temporary studio spaces on the upper floors of tall office towers or apartment buildings. This nocturnal scene was painted from Lower Manhattan, facing east towards Brooklyn. Looking down on the East River and beyond, Jacquette used small strokes of paint to render the water that separates the city’s gridded boroughs and the bridges (with jewel-like suspension cables) that connect them.

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Yvonne Jacquette (American, born 1934). East River View with Brooklyn Bridge, 1983. Oil on canvas, 96 x 128 in. (243.8 x 325.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Purchased with funds given by the Landowne-Bloom Foundation in memory of Louis Landowne and Dick S. Ramsay Fund, 83.84. © artist or artist’s estate

philamuseum: Op artists like Edna Andrade were…


Op artists like Edna Andrade were interested in the psychology of perception, using color juxtapositions and geometric forms to create visually ambiguous works that suggest movement. This painting engages our awareness of the act of seeing with a dynamic illusion composed of 3D hexagons in black, white, and gray. See this work in person in “Design in Revolution: A 1960s Odyssey.”

Hot Blocks,” 1966–67, by Edna Andrade © Estate of Edna Andrade

philamuseum: “Nobody sees a flower—really—it i…


“Nobody sees a flower—really—it is so small—we haven’t time—and to see takes time … . “ —Georgia O’Keeffe

Take the time to see this flower and more in “Modern Times: American Art 1910–1950.”

Two Calla Lilies on Pink,” 1928, by Georgia O’Keeffe © The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 



Expressive Color-Filled Portraits of Friends and Family by Hope Gangloff

Edith White (American, 1855 – 1946): Red roses…

Edith White (American, 1855 – 1946): Red roses (via Bonhams)

philamuseum: “I have always wanted my art to s…


“I have always wanted my art to service my people—to reflect us, to relate to us, to stimulate us, to make us aware of our potential.” —Elizabeth Catlett, born on this day in 1915

Army Nurse,” 1943, by Elizabeth Catlett © Catlett Mora Family Trust / Licensed by VAGA, New York