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  1. Lark Finch, Prairie Finch, Brown Song Sparrow; Plate 390, Havell ed. 78 1836-37

    Audubon was born in present day Haiti in 1785, the son of a French naval officer and planter. As a young child he had a passion for exploring the countryside and drawing wildlife; his interest in nature intensified in 1803 when he came to the United States and was confronted by the pristine and bountiful…

  2. Conferring Blue

    Julian Stanczak became a leading pioneer of Op Art, despite having lost the use of his right arm in a soviet concentration camp as a child. Op Art arose as a global movement in the early 1960s, influenced by the Bauhaus, a school founded in 1919 in Weimar, Germany. The school integrated the fine arts,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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….

  6. 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….

  7. 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….

  8. 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….

  9. Caballero

  10. 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.