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Moore’s Reclining Figure returns to the galleries

  Henry Moore first experimented with the unconventional, modern medium of concrete in 1926.[1] The British sculptor is renowned for his semi-abstract human figures cast in bronze or carved directly into stone and wood, highlighting the inherent qualities of these materials. Yet Moore also was drawn to concrete, an inexpensive material that could be cast… Read More »

Alessandro Allori and Portrait of a Lady: What lies beneath?

The information on a label accompanying a work of art in the galleries conveys compelling information about the work and the artist. But sometimes there is a background story just as fascinating.  Such was the case with Portrait of a Lady, a painting from about 1580 that recently was installed in Gallery 236, affording visitors… Read More »

Love and Respect for Craftsmanship: Gregory Peck and H. Huntsman & Sons

Esteemed actor Gregory Peck had a decades-long association with London’s Savile Row tailor H. Huntsman & Sons. One of his classic suits from 1954 is on view in Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015. In May 2016, Anthony Peck spoke about his father’s relationship with Huntsman at the Reigning Men symposium at the Los Angeles County… Read More »

Amy Granat’s Cars, Trees, Houses, Beaches

Indebted to the legacies of experimental and avant-garde structural film from the 1960s and 1970s, St. Louis based multi-media artist Amy Granat has developed a distinct visual language. Her early works were often made by cutting, puncturing or scratching the surface of the film, addressing ideas of abstraction through the materiality of the medium. A… Read More »

Back in Style: Behind the Scenes in the Textile Lab

Inside the conservation department at the Saint Louis Art Museum, Zoe Perkins, Textile Conservator, can be found preserving, cleaning, and restoring a diverse array of artworks, from oriental rugs to Lakota cradleboards to, recently, a 250-year-old dress that has been in SLAM’s collection for almost seventy years. Given to the Museum by Mathilde ‘Quappi’ Beckmann, the… Read More »

Eve and her Nemesis: Powerful Women Enshrined on Paper

The Saint Louis Art Museum holds a large and varied collection of prints, ranging from silvery late medieval woodcuts, through instantly recognizable Andy Warhol screen prints, to contemporary American impressions created in St Louis. The promised gift of the Phoebe Dent Weil and Mark S. Weil Collection, a collection of Renaissance and Baroque masterworks now… Read More »

The Artistic Friendship of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas

“Someone Who Feels as I Do” The American expatriate painter Mary Cassatt and the French artist Edgar Degas formed a long, if tumultuous, artistic relationship and friendship in the late 19th century that lasted for decades. The two admired each other’s work during the early 1870s, years before they met. In 1877, Degas visited Cassatt… Read More »

Museum reinstalls painting that first captivated St. Louisans in 1911

In March 1911 the Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida spoke to a newspaper reporter in front of the facade of the City Art Museum, now the Saint Louis Art Museum. Surveying Art Hill, he extolled the city’s landscape and clear atmosphere: “I am astounded. I am overcome…The air is more beautiful, more clear than… Read More »

A Quintessentially Female Profession

Madame Virot, Caroline Reboux, and the Paris Millinery Trade The second half of the 19th century was the heyday of the millinery trade in Paris. The industry was dominated by women, at its peak employing thousands in small, independent millinery shops throughout Paris. These shops were often times run by enterprising women, some of whom… Read More »

The Art of All Arts

Hermon A. MacNeil was an up-and-coming younger American sculptor at the time of the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904. At the fair, his Fountain of Liberty and four other sculpture groups were placed along the Main Cascade. Three additional MacNeil works were much admired inside the Fines Arts Palace, now known as the Saint Louis… Read More »