• Melanie

At The Frist: The Mellon Collection of French Art


Okay, it took me waaaaay to long to go see this show, but better late than never!


One of the reasons I'm so intrigued by this collection is because it was the property of two private citizens. I have no idea what the retail value of the pieces were when they purchased them, but buying art from an unknown artist can still cost a pretty penny. It boggles the mind to think of the foresight and vision the Mellons had when they amassed their collection.


The slideshow below features some of my favorite pieces throughout the galleries.

There were several pieces by Monet, and they spanned palette and scale, creating a pleasant balance for the collection. In the first image, this largest piece has the boldest palette. The scale allows the viewer to get lost in the color, texture, and atmosphere of the painting. The second image is a much more muted winter scene, but still draws the viewer in to see the brushstrokes that create such a detailed scene. Finally, the field of poppies is a beautiful shock of color in one of the artist's signature summer landscapes.

The art is amazing, but another thing that pleasantly surprised me was how busy the museum was on a Monday morning. Spring break is still happening for some schools, but MNPS is in session, as are most other schools in the surrounding area. Whatever the reason for the high traffic, it was great to see so many people enjoying this historic collection.

If you haven't made it out to see this show, GO!! It's absolutely amazing, and it's a wonderful opportunity to see works by masters that you may have only seen in books. I'll close with a piece by George-Pierre Seurat, one of my favorite artists of the time.