Northern European Collection

Skeletons Warming Themselves depicts three dressed-up skeletons in the foreground around a stove on which is written “Pas de feu” and under it “en trouverez vous demain?”—“No fire. Will you find any tomorrow?” Ensor placed objects in the foreground to symbolize art, music, and literature in order to say art and patronage expires.
Skeletons Warming Themselves
Skeletons Warming Themselves
Skeletons Warming Themselves depicts three dressed-up skeletons in the foreground around a stove on which is written “Pas de feu” and under it “en trouverez vous demain?”—“No fire. Will you find any tomorrow?” Ensor placed objects in the foreground to symbolize art, music, and literature in order to say art and patronage expires.

Skeletons Warming Themselves

James Ensor
Belgian (1860–1949)
19th century
1889
Oil on canvas
29 7/16 x 23 5/8 in. (74.8 x 60 cm) Framed: 39 1/2 x 33 1/2 x 3 in. (100.3 x 85.1 x 7.6 cm)
AP 1981.20
James Ensor was one of the most original painters of the late nineteenth century. Populated with masks and skeletons, his macabre images are morbid commentaries on the human condition, his hometown of Ostend on the North Sea, Belgian history, and his own mortality.
Girls on the Pier
Girls on the Pier

Girls on the Pier

Edvard Munch
Norwegian (1863–1944)
20th century
c. 1904 or 1933-35
Oil on canvas
31 11/16 x 27 5/16 in. (80.5 x 69.3 cm) Framed: 40 1/2 x 36 3/4 x 3 in. (102.9 x 93.4 x 7.6 cm)
AP 1966.06
In 1889 Munch started spending periods of time at the resort of Åsgårdstrand, which was popular with artists and writers. While summering there in 1893, he developed the pictorial ideas that some years later would evolve into Girls on the Pier.
Composition is Mondrian's cubist-inspired works scumbled atmospheric tones of ocher, blue gray, and pink.
Composition
Composition
Composition is Mondrian's cubist-inspired works scumbled atmospheric tones of ocher, blue gray, and pink.

Composition

Piet Mondrian

Dutch (1872–1944)

20th century

1914
Oil on canvas
47 1/2 x 39 7/8 in. (120.6 x 101.3 cm)Framed: 48 1/8 x 40 5/16 x 13/16 in. (122.2 x 102.4 x 2.1 cm)
APg 1983.03

From the age of fourteen, when Mondrian decided to become a painter, he specialized in calm landscapes, often with isolated buildings and shadowy twilight effects of dull gold and silver.

Abstraction is one of the culminating paintings in a stark, hallmark mode that Mondrian had developed by 1921 of straight horizontal and vertical lines, rectangular shapes resulting from their crossing; and a palette of black, white, and the primary colors.
Abstraction
Abstraction
Abstraction is one of the culminating paintings in a stark, hallmark mode that Mondrian had developed by 1921 of straight horizontal and vertical lines, rectangular shapes resulting from their crossing; and a palette of black, white, and the primary colors.

Abstraction

Piet Mondrian

Dutch (1872–1944)

20th century

1939–42
Oil on canvas
29 1/2 x 26 3/4 in. (74.9 x 67.9 cm)Framed: 35 1/2 x 32 5/8 x 1 1/2 in. (90.2 x 82.9 x 3.8 cm)
AP 1994.05

The austerely abstract style of Mondrian’s grid paintings restricts itself to straight horizontal and vertical lines, and the rectangular shapes resulting from their crossing; their palette is simply black, white, and the primaries: red, yellow, and blue.

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