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CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART

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The Cleveland Museum of Art opened on June 16, 1916 to great fanfare. Its inaugural exhibition boasted almost 200,000 visitors in the first four months. The first official museum purchase was John Singleton Copley’s portrait of Catherine Green. Today the museum boasts rich collections from ancient Greece, Egypt, India, Japan, Korea, the Americas and Africa. Cleveland is internationally renowned for its early Christian, Byzantine and Gothic art as well as Italian and Spanish Baroque painting. Of particular importance is Cleveland’s collection of drawings, which is placed among the top in the United States, with pastels by Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas and Jean Etienne Liotard and a world-renowned collection of Indian and Southeast Asian art.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is perhaps best known for its iconic holdings of important American works. One such work is George Wesley Bellows 1909 painting, ‘Stag at Sharkey’, (right). Bellows, a native Ohioan, was to become one of the most acclaimed artists of his generation. Known for his vivid scenes of the lives of poor, working class New Yorkers, Bellows was an important member of the Ashcan School along with John Sloan, William Glackens and Robert Henri. Other notable works are: Frederic Edwin Church’s luminous 1860 painting, ‘Twilight in the Wilderness’, (below) and ‘Death on a Pale Horse’ by Albert Pinkham Ryder.



The Cleveland Museum of Art opened on June 16, 1916 to great fanfare. Its inaugural exhibition boasted almost 200,000 visitors in the first four months. The first official museum purchase was John Sin ...

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Maine Coast, 1907 (oil on canvas)
Whistle, early 1900s (carved ivory)
Whistle, late 1800s (carved ivory)
Comb, 1900s (carved wood)
Vase, c.1928 (blown glass, acid etched)
Bowharp, early 1900s (wood, hide, fibre, metal, bead)
Plaque: Bavarian Alps, 1934 (enamel)
Zebra Vase, made by Orrefors Glasshouse, Sweden, 1939 (graal glass)
Head: Earth, c.1939 (earthenware)
Sugar Bowl, manufactured Vincennes Factory, France, 1745-1748 (soft-paste porcelain with enamel decoration)
La Vie, 1903 (oil on canvas)
The Rathskeller, 1901 (oil on canvas)