I've gravitated to the nineteenth century galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago for as long as I can remember. At the top of the grand staircase there was Gustave Caillebotte's Paris Street; Rainy Day (1877) — an unmistakable presence. Recently, the Woodson Art Museum was fortunate to acquire its own work by Caillebotte. Now, I'll be appreciating having another chance to visit regularly with the artist here in Wisconsin.
Just a few days after the New Year, many of us are still dwelling on our resolutions and how we may become better versions of ourselves in 2024. For many, this involves “turning over a new leaf” — changing habits, introducing new ones, and starting fresh. Verso artworks — those on the reverse side of the page or canvas — remind us of the creativity that can be produced when we allow ourselves to confront the blank page of a new leaf.
What signs signal that it's the time to draw a story to a close? When is a composition finished? Explore how these 'endings' feature in the upcoming exhibition From Concept to Canvas: The Artistic Process, opening December 9.
Exhibitions like The Real Decoy use design to help to tell their story and capture the audience's interest. Read about how small design elements add up to something big!
Hello! My name is Gillian Ferguson, and I am excited to start the cross-departmental internship at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum this summer! I moved to Wisconsin from northeast Ohio after graduating from Oberlin College in May.
There is a strange magic to American artist John Sloan’s (1871–1951) painting Cornelia Street. The artwork, recently acquired by the Woodson Art Museum, captures a quintessential New York view, a culmination of the cycle of "city pictures" he had pursued since moving to New York in 1904.
In honor of International Women’s Day, March 8th, dip into a “by the numbers” story of the Woodson’s lasting support of women artists.
For artist Martin Johnson Heade, knowing nature was the promise of knowing oneself. Read how his take on landscape painting differed from his friend and fellow painter Frederic Edwin Church and featured the poetic everyday scene.
It was 4:30 am and the full moon shone above the frozen lake. While taking our black lab, Bella, for her morning walk through the woods it was calm, clear, and silent, save for the sounds of our steps crunching across the icy snow.
Whether in Wausau or Philadelphia, enjoy these image pairings as a "sneak peek" into the visual connections I saw between French artist Henri Matisse and Wisconsin artist Ruth Grotenrath!