4. John Singer Sargent, a portraitist of the Gilded Age was known for his brushwork, affinity for rich colors, and juxtaposition of light and dark tones to make a striking portrait. Although John Singer Sargent painted many aristocrats, the muse for this portrait in particular was special. The real Lady Helen Vincent is famous for being associated with “the souls” a group of dignified intellectuals and politicians who were known for being smart, beautiful, and rich.
Here in the Magic City, we are proud to have one of the best museums in the region with the Birmingham Museum of Art. Today, BMA kicks off its 11th annual Art on the Rocks series, an after-hours party drawing bands, food trucks, guest speakers, and hands-on activities to the museum every second Friday throughout the summer months. This year, we are partnering up with BMA and local artisan market Pepper Place Pop-Up to host an emerging Southern designer showcase that will coincide with the festivities. In anticipation of the big event, we round-up five of the museum’s most captivating pieces—all beloved works from world-famous artists. Who knew all of this was right in our backyard?
1. The Green Apple by Southwestern artist Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most significant early modern paintings in the museum’s American collection. Widely known as the mother of American Modernism, The Green Apple is inspired by a completely different art movement called Precisionism. Completed in 1922, Georgia O’Keeffe said The Green Apple portrays her notion of simple, meaningful life.
2. Born in Ensley, Alabama, Kerry James Marshall’s paintings draw inspiration from his upbringing in the African-American community. Critically acclaimed for the dynamic nature of his work, Kerry James Marshall is regularly featured in the National Gallery of Art. School of Beauty, School of Culture made headlines in 2013, when a couple got married in front of his painting at the BMA.
3. Gustave Courbet, a realist painter from France was known for the texture and visual drama of his work, creating sublime and beautiful landscapes. Gustave Courbet’s Entrée d’un Gave was rescued from nazi Germany and the destruction of WWII by the real Monuments men.
5. Having recently travelled to the Middle East in 1963, Frank Stella was heavily influenced by Islamic art for his abstract geometric series Flin Flon. Many historians and critics have noted, a close tie between Stella’s work in Flin Flon and Islamic ornament. VI is a painting in the Flin Flon series, named after the Canadian town of Flin Flon in Manitoba.