For Labor Day weekend my family stayed in Omaha. One of our destinations was to the Joslyn Art Museum, which was free, thanks to The Sherwood Foundation…Thank you Sherwood Foundation! There was an additional gallery that cost a small additional sum, but we decided to forgo the display this time.
For Omaha, Nebraska, which is not well known through out the world, the Joslyn Art Museum sure does hold an impressive amount of high quality art. You can see a Degas, Titian, Monet, Rembrant, Renior, Pissaro, El Greco, and Paolo Veronese. It is the only museum in the state with a comprehensive permanent collection, although the Sheldon Art Museum in Lincoln, NE is also enjoyable.
Below is a list of my favorite things I saw at the museum. Hopefully you will someday get to enjoy them as well.
- Edgar Degas’s Little Dancer, Fourteen Years Old (La Petite Danseuse de quatorze ans). This piece is unique in that it mixes the hardness of the bronze (Edgar’s sculpture was originally wax, the one in the museum is one of twenty bronze cast replicas) with the softness of tutu, made of real material. (Pictured above)
- Eric Rohmann’s Illustrations for children’s books. We especially loved The Golden Compass. This is only a temporary exhibit at the Joslyn Art Museum, so if this is something you’re interested in you had better go soon (September 2015)! Presently, the museum is housing over 70 finished artworks, sketches, storyboards, and process pieces of Eric Rohmann’s. Kids would love this exhibit! (Picture below)
- Thomas Moran’s recently renovated The Pearl of Venice. I was in awe of this painting because of the massive amount of detail and beautiful coloring that was displayed. Kudos to the renovators for brining out the bright and beautiful colors again!
- Titian’s Giorgio Cornaro with a Falcon, which should really be called Giorgio Cornaro with a Falcon and Dog. Normally my gaze would go right past a painting like this, but because I noticed a little surprise in the bottom left hand corner I took a second look at this painting by one of the greats. See if you can spot the surprise that I already gave away with my opinion of what the title of this picture should be. (Picture below)
- Make sure to see the sculpture art pieces by Dale Chihuly who continues to make art even though he was blinded in his left eye from a car accident. You will see the sculptures as you walk in the doors on the right side of the museum and they will blow your mind. His sculptures are super fun and fresh and will put a smile on your face.