Just dropping in with a few snapshots from my time at Forrest Park in St. Louis last week.
1 & 2 – The Jewel Box
3 – St. Louis Art Museum
4. Missouri History Museum
5. The Grand Basin
– 1 Fine Arts Dr., St. Louis, Missouri 63110
The St. Louis Art Museum (SLAM) sits atop a hill in Forrest Park overlooking the basin, and looking 100% as majestic as it really is. Just taking in the grandeur and architecture of it makes you believe you are about to walk into someplace great. SLAM is a place I try to visit whenever I’m in St. Louis because it has an amazing collection and it is free to the art-loving public. They have artifacts from ancient civilizations, sculptures and paintings from centuries ago to the contemporary artists of today, so there is something for every art-lover. I snapped some pictures of the pieces I loved most from this visit.
St. Catherine of Alexandria (ca. 1535-40) by Antonello/Antonio Gagini
I feel like Elizabeth Bennett wandering through Pemberley (the Keira movie version) when I walk through the sculptures. There is so much detail and movement all carved from such a solid and immoveable material (marble). I can’t fathom the time, effort, and patience it took to carve St. Catherine and her curled hair and flowing robes.
Migrant Mother, Nipomo, CA – Dorothea Lange is one of my favorite photographers and when I spotted one of her most iconic photos through a sliver of a doorway across the gallery, I was positively giddy. This piece was gifted to the museum a few months after my last visit, so it was a nice surprise to see it in person and up close. Dorothea Lange was a photographer who, for the purpose of this photo, was commissioned by the Farm Security Administration to capture images of the effects of the Great Depression.
Interior at Nice by Henri Matisse (1919)
Opulence and the Mediterranean, painted by a master… wish I were there.
Keith by Chuck Close (1970)
First, let me say that I’m not usually a fan of contemporary work, but I am a fan of this and, now of Chuck Close. The artist worked from a portrait and used a grid system to paint in acrylic on a 9 ft. canvas. This painting is so real looking that it takes time and scrutiny to tell that it is, in fact, painted. That’s the beauty of photorealism, I suppose. 😉
Sightseeing by James Rosenquist (1962)
I just really love the set-up of this one. *Not 100% sure if the man in the chair is part of this, but I think it is.
And finally the pièce de résistance…
The one that completely has my heart.
Little Dancer of Fourteen Years by Edgar Degas (Wax Sculpture, 1880; Cast in Bronze 1920)
This bronze sculpture was posthumously cast from the wax sculpture that Degas actually showed during his lifetime. Her satin ribbon and gauze skirt are still in place and she is the sole reason I went to the museum Saturday.
You really could spend hours looking at her.
I hope that you enjoyed the little mini-trip through the museum. You can view all of the St. Louis Art Museum’s collections and read about the pieces here. If you are ever in St. Louis and looking for something to do, this is well worth a few hours of your time.
Do you have a favorite at the St. Louis Art Museum? Let me know in the comments.
This past weekend the favorites and I made a little weekend jaunt to St. Louis for an Ikea run – bless that Swedish mecca! It was so nice just to be able to get in the car for a little road trip – the weather was perfect, sunny and unusually warm for February, two of my favorite people on the planet, deep discussions about the merits of Harry vs. Niall, art, furry zoo animals, food, and furniture. The St. Louis Art Museum is getting it’s own post tomorrow, but here are a few of the other highlights from the weekend.
The St. Louis Zoo – Located in historic Forrest Park, the St.Louis Zoo is FREE. The zoo is absolutely huge and they are constantly preparing for new animals. I always have to pay a visit to the Asian Elephants, the Penguins & Puffins, and the Primate House (Look at this little Chimpanzee cutie trying to take a nap in the most visible corner of his enclosure).
Camille’s Sidewalk Cafe – 1250 Strassner Dr, St. Louis, MO 63144 – This is a chain-restaurant, but I always like to eat there because the food is actually good. I get the Rustic Italian Flatbread Pizza.
IKEA – 1 Ikea Way, St. Louis, MO 63108 – We are (un)fortunate enough to live exactly 4-5 hours away from three (soon to be 4) different IKEA’s, so we always make a big deal out of the trek. This was the girls’ first list-checking trip so we did it up big, meandering through the showrooms, buying matching planters for our succulents, the comical maneuvering of heavy furniture boxes onto wheeled carts, the Tetris-style jigsaw of getting it all in the car, and capping it off with a plate of Swedish meatballs and the feeling of accomplishment.
There are so many other great things in St. Louis (and so many that are free!), but for this trip we kept it simple. Tomorrow, I’ll post about the museum, but suffice to say – I had the best time with my girls, and the memories you make are what makes the trip.