If you have time to view one gallery of paintings at the St. Louis Art Museum if you’re in St.
Louis, the collection of European Art should be your only choice. European Art consists of varieties of paintings, sculptures, textiles, and metalwork that were produced from the 7th to 18th century. Early records of European Art came from the Ancient Middle East around 3000 BC, where art forms from the Ancient Middle East began to become abundant in Europe. Eventually, as time went on, art would spread in different forms to certain areas it hadn’t been in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East in various forms, and art would change, vary and types of it would flourish, depending on what was going on in society. It’s very rare and hard to have even a few pieces of European Art, so considering how the St. Louis Art Museum has over ten galleries full of European Art, I felt like I saw years of European history and culture in just a few hours I was there.When I arrived at the museum, I was astonished at its external appearance before I even went in. The three-story building stood tall and mighty, and it seemed to have been made from Ancient Roman architectural techniques.
As I entered the museum and found my way to the galleries of European Art, I found the museum to be calm and bright, which made the art stand out more and convey a sense of liveliness. The first picture I came across that seemed intriguing was Vineyards at Auvers by Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh. He had moved to the village of Auvers, north of Paris, in May 1980 after spending two years in France, where he produced seventy paintings before his suicide. I was intrigued by how real the painting looked, yet I was pleased that I could see artwork by a well-known artist like Van Gogh.
Moreover, I eventually came across Titan, a sculpture by German artist and sculptor Markus Lüpertz. It was a tall, monumental bronze figure that stood with one arm raised and the other reaching out straight forward that Lüpertz posed after an ancient Greek sculpture of the god Zeus who throws a spear or lightning rod. I was amazed at how someone could create a sculpture so detailed with only a few tools and materials. Finally, I had found various unique paintings by German artist Max Beckmann caught my eye. The St. Louis Art Museum has the world’s largest collection of Beckmann, so it was amazing to see famous paintings of his, like Acrobat on Trapeze, that I wouldn’t find anywhere else. Overall, the galleries of European Art at the St.
Louis Art Museum were assembled well and enhanced each piece of artwork present. The experience taught me much about European culture and how important art was in their society. The European Art was definitely worth seeing and I would definitely return to see European and other types of art again.