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Collection Highlight: Paintings

The paintings in the Art Museum’s collection encompass every genre of the medium — landscapes, portraits, history, still lives, abstraction — and represent major artistic movements in the United States and abroad from the nineteenth century to today. The painting collection can take you to the American landscapes of Albert Bierstadt, the sophisticated abstractions of Romare Bearden. It can also take you to the dynamic experiments of Jean Metzinger and the intricate compositions of Maude Kerns who encapsulated the history of painting and writing its next chapter.

An abstract painting using browns and muted tones
A painting of a sunrise or sunset over a lake
A white stroke of paint amongst a yellow background
A painting of a woman in black attire holding flowers
An abstract painting using green, blue, and orange shapes
A colorful abstract painting with shapes
A painting of the corner of a room
An abstract painting of red, orange, and yellow dots with blue and green cubes
An abstract painting with spheres and gold, red, and green gradients
A painting of a large man overlooking a tiny neighborhood
Colorful abstract painting using shapes
A painting with black, yellow, and red paint splatters
An abstract painting of red, purple, white, and cream colored circular shapes
A painting of a snowy building surrounded by green abstract shapes
A painting of red, yellow, and white flowers with green leaves
A painting of a man working in a shop
Painting of a man and a dog by David Strother
Abstract painting using reds, blues grey and yellow splotches
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