No one would ever guess that Ft. Worth, TX is home to one of the most renown museums in the world- the Kimbell Art Museum.  I had the pleasure of visiting the spectacular museum yesterday. Currently on view is Michelangelo’s painting of The Torment of Saint Anthony, described by his earliest biographers as his first painting. Not too shabby for a first painting!

The museum’s permanent collection is very impressive. Here is George LaTour’s The Cheat with the Ace of Diamonds.

Pieter Saenredam was one of the first artists to venture into architectural portraiture.

Below is Interior of the Buurkerk

Paul Cézanne Man in a Blue Smock

Pablo Picasso Nude Combing Her Hair

Henri Matisse L’Asie

Joan Miró Constellation: Awakening in the Early Morning

And here are some shots I took of the exterior of the Kimbell Art Museum. The building has a minimal majestic feel to it.

I plan on returning after Christmas to explore the new exhibition From the Private Collections of Texas.

From the Kimbell website:

This exhibition surveys the history of private art collecting in Texas from the oil boom days of Spindetop to the present day, telling the stories of the men and women in the state who have formed significant collections of European paintings and sculpture of the highest quality-collections that might seem more at home in Paris, France than Houston, Texas, or on an English country estate than a West Texas cattle ranch. The exhibition draws from the very best of these collections and totals over 100 works. Reflecting the Kimbell’s own collecting areas, the exhibition will focus on the art of Europe and the ancient Mediterranean from about 700 BC to the 1940’s. Roughly half the works in the exhibition currently hang in private residences, unknown to the public and little known even to specialists. More than 40 collectors will be represented, and among the artists to be featured are Guido Reni, Guercino, Rembrandt van Rijn, Thomas Gainsborough, Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Vincent Van Gough, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Piet Mondrian.

I’ll be there!

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