Baltimore Museum of Art


Yesterday I took the train to Baltimore to see the Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art.  Wow!  but no photos allowed, so I’ll talk a bit about it at the end of the post.  But…the Cone Collection!  I had totally forgotten it was there too. The Gauguin cellist, above, stopped me in my tracks.


The Cone sisters amassed an amazing collection of early 20th century art.  Plenty of Matisse, like the figures and dancer above.


I loved this tiny Renoir landscape.


And I had never seen this Van Gogh landscape either.  The brush strokes are almost like stitching.


The museum also has many other rooms of modern art, and the painted wood relief sculptures above, by Gertrude Greene and Burgoyne Diller, reminded me of something Nina would do.


I’m keeping in mind this portrait by Max Beckmann for my self-portrait series.


There are also smaller collections of European and African and Asian art.  I thought this mask from Angola complemented Raphael’s luminous and also enigmatic painting.


But my very favorite item outside the Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibit was this cabinet decorated with reverse painted glass by Richard Lee.

I was introduced to Richard Diebenkorn by Nina in 1976 when he had a retrospective at the Whitney (she was working there at the time).  You can see a selection of the work on view now in Baltimore on the website, here, but as is true with any artist that works large scale, a reproduction can’t even begin to give the experience of the actual work.  Matisse was an inspiration to Diebenkorn throughout his painting life, and the juxtapositions of the works makes that clear.  Both artists:  just wow.

Two abstract paintings sit side by side.

There are plenty of figural drawings, too, and one common element was the reworking of the page in a way that layered all the different lines of the different attempts.  An example of Matisse’s work is below, a reminder that even great artists do not achieve satisfaction or perfection even after many lines have been drawn.  They just keep working to get there.


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32 responses to “Baltimore Museum of Art”

  1. The Poetry Channel says :

    It’s always nice to have to unexpected surprised when you go with the main attraction in mind
    I keep meaning to get to the early Monet exhibit here.

    • memadtwo says :

      Yes it is! Monet is always a treat…

      • The Poetry Channel says :

        He and Dali are my favorites. Georgia O’Keefe a close third. I worked in the Studio Museum in Harlem when Kerry Marshall was Artist-in-Residence. Got to visit all NYC museums free. Miss that, but DFW has great museums too, I just don’t go much anymore.

      • memadtwo says :

        I just saw the Kerry Marshall show at the Met Breuer–pretty amazing. It’s on my list of things to write about as well. When Kehinde Wiley was in residence at the Studio Museum, he did an afterschool workshop at my daughter’s elementary school. I wrote about it here:
        What a great thing to have worked there! A lot of great artists always passing through.
        I think some of the Diebenkorn works in the show are from the Fort Worth Museum. Every city has its gems.

      • The Poetry Channel says :

        Nice post. It’s nice to have those connections to the things we value. Yes, getting to know Kerry and the Romare Bearden and Gordon Parks Black & whites.
        Have a great day.☺

  2. Jodi says :

    what a wonderful day for you!!!! and thanks for sharing some with us 🙂

  3. merrildsmith says :

    Thanks for sharing, Kerfe. Such lovely art on display.

  4. Sand Salt Moon says :

    Kerfe, what a wonderful excursion to get in before the snow. WOW – such interesting pieces on display. Inspiring for sure.

  5. rivrvlogr says :

    What a great day you had! I really like the Matisse sketch, with traces of an evolving work.
    The St. Louis Art Museum has an impressive collection of Max Beckmann.

    • memadtwo says :

      We’re taught to show finished product, but process can really add dimension.
      There’s a Max Beckmann exhibit at the Met, but I haven’t managed to get there yet…

  6. memadtwo says :

    Great post. Enjoyed sharing your day in Baltimore. Did you eat some crabcakes while visiting? N.

  7. Leen says :

    It’s always lovely to visit art museums. I visited the Van Gogh museum and loved everything’s about it.
    Best wishes 🌷

  8. Snehal Kank says :

    Thanks for sharing Kerfe!

  9. Teresa Robeson says :

    You give the best art lessons, Kerfe…just enough to whet our appetites and never boring ! You also remind me of just how little I know about art and artists. 😊

    • memadtwo says :

      I know, I thought I knew a lot about Matisse, but there were so many paintings I had never seen before. Everywhere I go, I see and learn something new. Thanks Teresa, it’s so good to have you back!

  10. davisbrotherlylove says :

    Sounds like an inspiring visit. I was also struck by van Gogh’s brushwork in a similar painting of a tree at the Norton Simon Museum. The texture adds so much more meaning to the painting. Thanks for sharing your visit!

  11. Jill Kuhn says :

    I enjoyed this very much! Thank you Kerfe for sharing this! 😍

  12. Claudia McGill says :

    What a great post. I have never considered visiting this museum. Now I’m thinking I will.

  13. acousticpaint says :

    This museum is really neat! I’ll have to look it up next time I’m in Baltimore. Thank you for sharing your experience with us! I’ve had an experience like this when I went to the Illinois State museum.

  14. quoteworldwide says :

    Awsm luvly art 😍😍👌

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