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This remarkable still life depicts a table crowded with, among other things, a gilded covered goblet, a wide saucer-shaped silver tazza, a celestial globe painted with images of the constellations, a skull wearing a laurel wreath, and an extinguished candle, all rendered in exquisite detail with careful attention paid to the effects of light and texture. While the arrangement of objects may appear casual, the composition is artfully balanced along two diagonal axes centered on the two cups that lie crossed on the table. The repetition of ovoid shapes throughout the painting and the monochrome tonality with its restricted range of hues and values, a hallmark of Heda's style, assures the seamless integration of the sundry objects into a unified whole.<br />
Willem Claesz Heda
Vanitas (Still Life), with globe, skull, candle, tazza, and covered cup
1633 - 1635
oil | panel
Museum Purchase
In an ominous landscape a crowd of nude men, women and children, their bodies silhouetted against the descending gloom, struggle frantically to escape rising floodwaters. The figures gesture wildly and strenuously twist their long athletic bodies into a seemingly infinite variety of contortions as they clamber up the last hilltops and trees. A city stands on a hill and appears through the trees in the background.
The Flood
1585 - 1595
oil | panel
Gift of Peter B. Frantz, (Arch., 1949), and Family, in Honor and to the Memory of Jane Caroline Mahon Stanley (1863-1941), Our Beloved Grandmother, Artist, Teacher, Mentor and Friend
Honoré Victorin Daumier
Un Cauchemar
hand-colored lithograph | medium wove paper
The Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection
Honoré Victorin Daumier
Les Beaux jours de la vie. Pl. 37: Une Représentation à bénéfice
lithograph | paper
Museum Purchase
Honoré Victorin Daumier
19th century
graphite | brown wove paper
Gift of the Lannan Foundation in Honor of the Pelham Family
Honoré Victorin Daumier
The Urchin of Paris in the Tuileries (Le Gamin de Paris aux Tuileries)
lithograph | newsprint
Bequest of Doris Margaret Grigaut for the Paul Leroy Grigaut Memorial Collection
Printed in 'Le Charivari.' newspaper. Image cut from larger paper. Paper size: lh 33cm &amp; rh 32 4/5cm x w 24cm.
Honoré Victorin Daumier

lithograph | beige wove paper
Gift of Ruth W. and Clarence J. Boldt, Jr.
Paper size: h 37 3/10cm x w 31 3/10cm. Image size: h 25 9/10cm x tw 21 1/5cm &amp; bw 21 3/5cm.
Honoré Victorin Daumier
Figures Dressed in High Style

lithograph | calendered cream wove paper
Gift of Ruth W. and Clarence J. Boldt, Jr.
Honoré Victorin Daumier
Ancient History: The Handsome Narcissus (Histoire Ancienne: Le Beau Narcisse)
lithograph | newsprint
Gift of Mrs. John Alexander
Utagawa Kunisada
Dandy seated in a boat (central part of a triptych)
1844 - 1860
woodblock print | paper
Gift of Sarah and Otto Graf.
George Grosz
The Family
20th century
brush and ink | cream-colored paper
Museum Purchase
In front, a woman wearing a hat depicted in profile faces to the left with three male figures behind her, one of which, depicted in profile and facing to the right, has the top of his head cut off; the background is comprised of architectural and figural fragments.
George Grosz
Streetscene (Strassenszene)
1919 - 1920
lithograph | paper
Museum Purchase


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Part of 5 Learning Collections

American Orientalist art at the turn of the 20th century
<p>America Encounters Asia in Art</p>

American Orientalist art at the turn of the 20th century
<p>America Encounters Asia in Art</p>

71 Collection Object Sources

The Flood (1985/2.70)
Un Cauchemar (1969/2.46)
Untitled (1997/1.63)
Coquetterie (2008/2.465)
The Family (1949/1.204)
The Gay Cafe (1997/1.90)
Rue Aubriot, Paris (1984/1.277.13)
Berlin Nude (1984/1.277.11)
Mercedes at Home (1984/1.277.1)
Roselyne in Arcangues (1984/1.277.14)
Chez Karl Lagerfeld (1984/1.277.5)
Andy Warhol in Paris (1984/1.277.10)
Lisa in Saint-Tropez (1984/1.277.15)
Begin the Beguine (1948/1.103)
Handstand (1956/1.20)
Manet's Olympia (1991/2.102.1)
Proverbios (2008/1.153.1)
Still Life (1951/2.25)
Party Picture (2004/2.58)
Bathing Girls (2000/2.167)
Juggler (1951/2.62)
Maison close (1951/2.65)
Broadway Melody (1949/1.152)
Bob Dennison (2008/2.97)
A Murder (2007/2.110)
The Concert (1953/1.40)

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