OKC VeloCity | There's still time to see Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Picasso and more at the OKCMOA

There's still time to see Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Picasso and more at the OKCMOA

By Kennedy Parker / Lifestyle / August 19, 2019

In a city that’s known for its love of visual arts, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art has a knack for bringing some of the absolute best into the metro. Sure enough, they’ve done it again through their newest exhibition, Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

The exhibition features the French art collection of the Mellon family, which is normally housed in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (remember the Faberge exhibition that came through the OKCMOA a few years ago? That was from the VMFA, too!). Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Renoir, Picasso, Manet and Rousseau are only some of the incredible artists whose work you can see in this extensive collection. OKC will have the opportunity to get a closer look at these works until Sep. 22.

This exhibition has quickly become a fan favorite, attracting more than 14,000 visitors within its first month on display. Tours and lectures about the exhibition have routinely sold out. Without a doubt, this blockbuster exhibition has been a highlight of OKC’s summer.

 So with all that being said, what, exactly, is in the exhibition? Museum-goers are treated to a skillfully curated collection of French art that ranges in age from the 19th to 20th centuries with a wide array of schools and styles such as romanticism, cubism, impressionism, the School of Paris, the Barbizon School and more being featured. The collection is made up of 10 sections (think of these like themes/subject matter present in all the works it includes): Cyphers of Modernity, Horses, Flowers, Views of Paris, People, Water, Interiors and Tables, The French Countryside, The Transformation of the Ordinary, and VMFA: Toward Impressionism. The exhibition is dominantly made up of paintings, but there are a few statues for eager art-lovers to admire as well (and yes: this does include Degas’ trademark Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer).

With names as big and well known as Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet and Renoir being featured in this exhibition, it’s easy to understand why it’s got so much of OKC excited. Art history buffs and casual admirers alike will find a lot to learn and appreciate through this exhibition.

The exhibition is still in OKC until Sep. 22, so the good news is that you still have time to see for yourself what all the hype is about. While you’re there, you should look at some of the museum’s new acquisitions, too—including Kehinde Wiley’s Jacob de Graeff. (you may recall that the museum housed a full exhibition of Wiley’s works in 2017). You can learn more about the exhibition and other upcoming events at the OKCMOA on their website.

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