How I came to know about the Museum of Wisconsin Art is a story that began last fall when I visited my aunt to see a couple quilts that my great-grandmother had made.
|Tea Time by Carl von Marr|
|Self-Portrait by Carl von Marr|
I proceeded to file the information gleaned in that 20-minute research session into a not-well-curated portion of my brain. Basically, I forgot about it for the next seven months.
|"Funeral in Friesland" 1882|
And so on that Saturday morning a couple weekends ago, it was Norm's idea to go to West Bend to do the river walk. I'm all for walking, but that's kind of a long way to drive to take a walk. So I turned to the internet to find out what else there was to do over that way and was thus reminded of the museum. I'm glad Google has a better memory than mine.
|Portrait of John Marr, the artist's father and a skilled engraver.|
|Bertha Marr, the artist's mother - who doesn't look like she forgets much!|
|Their eyes seemed to follow me as I shifted positions.|
|"The Flagellants" 1889|
His use of light and shadow was very captivating. Love the dappling of light on the ground that draws the eye to what is occurring in this scene.
There were many other artists on display as well. Here are a few of my favorites.
This is a metal chest by artist Jim Rose. It's one of the first things that caught my eye in the gallery and reminded me of a quilt. I laughed when I read the name of the piece. It's called "Stacked Bricks Quilt Sill Cupboard" and is of found painted and rusted steel.
|"Stacked Bricks Quilt Sill Cupboard" by Jim Rose, 2008|
|Chair Painting by Norwegian-born Per Lysne, 1929|
|"Leaving Shosone" by Richard Lorenz|
|"Horse Market Midwinter" by Richard Lorenz, 1911|
|"Up North Stele" by Gary John Gresl, 2002|