Venice from the Bacino di San MarcoVenice from the Bacino di San Marco
Oil on canvas
24 3/8 x 37 1/2 in. (61.9 x 95.3 cm) Framed: 32 1/2 x 45 1/8 x 4 in. (82.6 x 114.6 x 10.2 cm)
Little is known about Francesco Guardi. Members of his family were active as painters of devotional works, and he initially worked with his older brother, Antonio, as a figure painter.
Portrait of Miss Anna Ward with Her DogPortrait of Miss Anna Ward with Her Dog
British (English) (1723–1792)
Oil on canvas
55 3/4 x 44 3/4 in. (141.6 x 113.7 cm) Framed: 67 3/8 x 56 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. (171.1 x 143.5 x 12.1 cm)
Painted in 1787, two years before Reynolds lost his sight, this portrait of Anna Ward represents the eight-year-old illegitimate daughter of John, second Viscount Dudley and Ward, and Mrs. Mary Baker, whom Lord Dudley later married.
Beauty in a White KimonoBeauty in a White Kimono
Japanese (active c. 1790–1800)
Edo period (1615–1868)
Hanging scroll; ink and mineral pigments on paper
48 13/16 x 10 3/8 in. (124 x 26.3 cm)
This decorative hanging scroll shows a courtesan, who pauses to glance seductively over her left shoulder, proudly displaying her magnificent white kimono and outer cloak, which are designed in a variety of delicate geometric patterns.
Standing Ancestor FigureStanding Ancestor Figure
New Zealand, Maori culture, possibly Rongowhakaata people
Te Huringa period I (1800–1900)
17 5/8 x 5 3/16 x 4 7/16 in. (44.8 x 13.2 x 11.2 cm)
The Maori tribes of New Zealand excelled in the decoration of their timber buildings with elaborate relief carvings and sculptures.
Warrior Ancestor FigureWarrior Ancestor Figure
Africa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
area of Lualaba, Luika, and Lukuga rivers, Hemba people
33 1/8 x 10 1/4 x 9 1/8 in. (84.1 x 26 x 23.2 cm)
This dignified figure of a Hemba warrior, with his upright posture and lofty, outward gaze, would have served as the focus for the veneration of its ancestors among one of the Hemba peoples of the central and eastern Congo.
Chibinda IlungaChibinda Ilunga
Africa, northeastern Angola, Chokwe people
Wood, hair, and hide
16 x 6 x 6 in. (40.6 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm)
This imposing figure represents the hero Chibinda Ilunga, royal ancestor of the Chokwe people. According to legend, Ilunga, the son of a great Luba chief, wooed Lweji, a Lunda chieftainess. He introduced into that tribe the concept of divine kingship and also taught the Lunda the art of hunting.
Waterfall and MonkeysWaterfall and Monkeys
Meiji period (1868–1911)
Hanging scroll; ink and light colors on silk
73 7/8 x 44 3/4 in. (187.7 x 113.7 cm)
Shibata Zeshin was the outstanding Japanese lacquer artist and painter of the nineteenth century. An energetic and prolific artist, he earned distinction during his lifetime for paintings that showed unusual creativity. Zeshin painted several works in which animals mimic human behavior.
Kneeling Mother and ChildKneeling Mother and Child
Africa, Tanzania-Mozambique border area, Makonde people
late 19th century
14 1/2 x 5 3/8 x 4 3/4 in. (36.8 x 13.6 x 12 cm)
Among the few East African peoples who make sculptures in any quantity, the Makonde produce unusually naturalistic figures.
Designed in 1938, cast in 1962
Bronze, cast 5, edition of 6
50 13/16 x 92 11/16 x 38 in. (129 x 235.5 x 96.5 cm)
This is one of eight bronze and lead sculptures corresponding to the stone figure for a monument commissioned from Maillol by the city of Toulouse, France.
Constellation: Awakening in the Early MorningConstellation: Awakening in the Early Morning
Gouache and oil wash on paper
18 1/8 x 14 15/16 in. (46 x 38 cm) Framed: 26 x 22 5/8 in. (66 x 57.5 cm)
This is one of a series of twenty-three small gouache and oil wash paintings known as the Constellations. The series evolved, surprisingly enough, from Miró’s aspirations in the late 1930s to work on a mural scale.
Walking Flower (La fleur qui marche)Walking Flower (La fleur qui marche)
Ceramic, edition of 3
123 x 96 x 55 in. (312.4 x 243.8 x 139.7 cm)
After his groundbreaking investigations of complex forms and patterns in the paintings of his Cubist years—paintings such as the 1920 Composition—Léger moved towards a style of greater generalization and simplicity.
Constellation (for Louis Kahn)Constellation (for Louis Kahn)
a: 40 x 58 x 43 in. (101.6 x 147.3 x 109.2 cm) b: 84 x 33 x 29 in. (213.4 x 83.8 x 73.7 cm) c: 24 x 27 x 24 in. (61 x 68.6 x 61 cm) d: 26 1/2 x 96 1/2 x 34 in. (67.3 x 245.1 x 86.3 cm)
AG 1983.01 a-d
Around 1980, the great twentieth-century stage designer, furniture maker, and sculptor, Isamu Noguchi, was inspired to create a sculpture ensemble for the grass courtyard on the east side of the Kimbell in honor of architect Louis Kahn.
Woman Addressing the Public: Project for a MonumentWoman Addressing the Public: Project for a Monument
146 1/2 x 96 in. (372.1 x 243.8 cm)
With its peculiar proportions and anatomy, Miró’s huge fantasy monument Woman Addressing the Public is indebted to the artist’s lifelong study of the imaginative and expressive powers of the art of children.
Figure in a ShelterFigure in a Shelter
British (English) (1898–1986)
Bronze, edition of 6
72 x 80 x 90 in. (182.9 x 203.2 x 228.6 cm)
Henry Moore is one of the most important sculptors of the twentieth century. Beginning as a carver in wood and stone, Moore moved to modeling sculpture to be cast in bronze, taking the human form as his constant theme.