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  1. Frankie & Johnny

    Born in Missouri, Thomas Hart Benton’s childhood was shaped by discussions of Mid-Western ideals. In 1908 he moved to Paris to study at the Academie Julien, where he was influenced by Cubism and by the distorted and elongated figures in El Greco’s paintings. He returned to the United States and soon became a central figure…

  2. Jesse James

    This image of Missouri’s infamous James Brothers was included in Benton’s mural entitled The Social History of the State of Missouri, which is in the state’s Capitol building. The Missouri House of Representatives commissioned the artist to create the mural on the four walls of the House Lounge, a large meeting room. This particular image…

  3. Planetary and Scatological Vision

    The Surrealist artist Salvador Dali is known for his imaginative and often disturbing dream-like images. This lithograph, along with the five in the adjoining gallery, is from the Conquest of the Cosmos II series. The French graphic arts publisher Jean Lavigne asked Dali to create a series based on a theme of the artist’s choosing….

  4. The Caduceus of Mars fed by the Fireball of Jupiter

    The Surrealist artist Salvador Dali is known for his imaginative and often disturbing dream-like images. This lithograph, along with the five in the adjoining gallery, is from the Conquest of the Cosmos II series. The French graphic arts publisher Jean Lavigne asked Dali to create a series based on a theme of the artist’s choosing….

  5. The Last Comer from the Last Planet

    The Surrealist artist Salvador Dali is known for his imaginative and often disturbing dream-like images. This lithograph, along with the five in the adjoining gallery, is from the Conquest of the Cosmos II series. The French graphic arts publisher Jean Lavigne asked Dali to create a series based on a theme of the artist’s choosing….

  6. The Unicorn Laser Disintegrates the Cosmic Rhinoceros

    The Surrealist artist Salvador Dali is known for his imaginative and often disturbing dream-like images. This lithograph, along with the five in the adjoining gallery, is from the Conquest of the Cosmos II series. The French graphic arts publisher Jean Lavigne asked Dali to create a series based on a theme of the artist’s choosing….

  7. Caballero

  8. The Chevalier’s Dream of Cecile

    This illustration is from the Marquis de Sade Portfolio, based on plays by the extremely controversial writer of the late 18th century. Sade was imprisoned and placed in an insane asylum for his sexually violent writings and actions.

  9. Automatism A

    A member of the Abstract Expressionists, Motherwell shared the groups’ interest in spontaneous, subconscious creation. The finished artwork of an Abstract Expressionist would often convey not only the artists’ physical engagement in the work, but also a deeper connection with their inner emotions or thoughts. Early in Motherwell’s career he was influenced by the Surrealists…

  10. Riders of the Negev

    This Romanian-born Jewish artist had strong ties to his people and his religion. These ties were frequently reflected in his art, and he often used Bible passages as subject matter for his work. The Negev is a desert region in southern Israel that is referred to in Numbers 13:22. Rubin served as Israel’s first ambassador…