Twenty-five old master and modern works from the Allen Memorial Art Museum are juxtaposed with works from The Phillips Collection
, underscoring the relationship of art through the ages and Duncan Phillipss belief in the antiquity of modern ideas
the modernity of some of the old masters.
Paintings by Erhard Altdorfer, the Cavaliere dArpino, Cézanne, Monet, Picasso, Kirchner, Rothko, Barnett Newman, and others are installed in contexts that explore how art across time can be juxtaposed to create new ways of looking at art. Outstanding Dutch and Flemish works by Hendrick ter Brugghenhis Saint Sebastian Tended by Irene of 1625 is considered one of the most important Northern Baroque paintings in this countryand Sweertss Self-Portrait (ca. 1656), are included along with Rubenss Finding of Erichthonius of about 1632-33. Oberlins Rubens painting is shown with the Phillipss radiant Luncheon of the Boating Party made about 1880 by Auguste Renoir; throughout his career, Renoir was inspired by Rubenss colors and compositions.
Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschkas Sposalizio (Double Portrait) of 1912 was donated to the AMAM by the artists friend Lotte Franzos and is displayed near the Phillipss portrait of Franzos by the same artistboth paintings provide a window on Kokoschkas attempts to capture the psychological state of his sitters through expressive means. AMAM works by Rothko, Gottlieb, and Newman are displayed outside the Phillipss beautiful Rothko roomproviding a fuller story about these artists role in defining the nascent New York School and Abstract Expressionism.