The Minnesota Marine Art Museum has a comprehensive permanent art collection that can be viewed entirely on the Museum’s online archives.
Traditional Marine Art shows some of the earliest paintings and prints that showcase boats and people venturing on water. One of the highlighted pieces of art in this collection is Edward William Cooke’s a Dutch Poon, Running for the Port of Harlingen, is Driven in a Heavy Squall Outside the South Pier Head.
Hudson River School & Luminism features art that showcases the romanticism and relationship between landscapes and light of the Hudson River School and Luminism art movements. While visitors ill catch some small boats featured in these paintings, majority of the paintings in this collection showcase nature’s purest form in regards to land and water, with minimal interaction with humans. A highlighted oil in this collection is Thomas Cole’s A View of Boston.
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Impressionism and Post-Impressionism displays a wide variety of paintings that showcase a variety of perspectives on the human relationship with water. Many popular and famous artists are featured within this exhibit, such as Claude Monet.
Realism is one of the smaller exhibitions at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. The paintings within this permanent attraction show the purest forms of the relationship between humans and water. Art works showcase fishermen working alongside and in the water, as well as people enjoying the ocean as a recreational activity.
Modern provides a more colorful and abstract take on the relationship between humans and water. Marsden Hartley’s Autumn Cascade is one of the most popular paintings in the Modern exhibit.
Contemporary shows every perspective of the relationship between humans and water, as well as the relationship between humans and marine life. A combination of realistic and abstract paintings and illustrations come together to provide visitors with a comprehensive collection that explores the Minnesota Marine Art Museum’s mission in-depth. Photo: Minnesota Marine Art Museum
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