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Daily Art Moment: M.E. Norton

As the old adage reminds us, March roars in like a lion and out like lamb. This poster advertising the March 1895 edition of The Bookman makes witty reference to this saying with bold graphic style. The undulating lines around the lion seem to amplify its might roar, while the small lamb at its feet…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Claude Monet

Impressionist Claude Monet was a gifted painter as well as a talented and attentive draughtsman. This pastel—a recent gift to the Museum—is an informal study of various elements of a harbor, replete with a variety of sailing vessels and the distinctive jetty and lighthouse in the port city of Honfleur. Born in Paris, Monet grew…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Beth Van Hoesen

Beth Van Hoesen’s cocktail drinkers, though created in 1946, seem to show the same world-weariness that has gripped many of us throughout the tumultuous year. They are prepared, I imagine, to toast out the year, but they aren’t going to pretend it was fun! The woman’s raised eyebrow suggests her skepticism about the state of…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Edward Penfield

In the 1890s, color posters advertising books, magazines, and newspapers exploded onto the scene. Initially inspired by French designs, American artists soon created their own unique style. Edward Penfield led the field with his charming posters advertising Harper’s Magazine beginning in 1893. These designs, generally about 19 by 14 inches, were displayed in book stores…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Paul Elie Ranson

“As a curator, I carry around a huge mental image bank of art. This professional hazard means that just about everything reminds me of a print, drawing, or painting. So when my family joined the millions of others watching the controversial and bizarre miniseries Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness on Netflix, my thoughts turned…  Read more

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Daily Art Moment: Grant Wood

This week we’re sharing works from the collection every day that our curators have selected as a personal response to these unprecedented times. First is our Curator of Prints and Drawings, Mary Weaver Chapin: “In this lithograph, Grant Wood paid homage to the healing arts, using his personal physician, Andrew William Bennett, MD, as his…  Read more