Saint Louis Art Museum
Trip Start Jun 23, 2014
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Every museum has a few highlights that make it really stand out. The Saint Louis Art Museum has two for me
The second highlight is the large number of paintings by two regional Missouri artists, George Caleb Bingham and Thomas Hart Benton. The Saint Louis Museum has the largest number of Bingham works, Luminist-style paintings of rural Missouri frontier life in the two decades before the American Civil War. Benton was a Missouri-based Regionalist painter who depicted many scenes of depression-era rural America.
The museum has a glassy new modern wing since I visited in 2002 with a posh restaurant and space for the modern art collection and for temporary exhibitions. I lucked out to be in Saint Louis shortly before the "Impressionist France: Visions of a Nation from LeGray to Monet" special exhibition ended. In contrast to the museum’s free admission there was a (worthwhile) charge for a ticket to the special exhibit.