Tag Archives: 19th Century Art

From the Collection–John Henry Belter Sofa

I’m a Modernist. Give me George Nelson over the Herter Brothers any day. But all my normal predilections aside, I do love this sofa in the Museum’s collection. It is positively dripping with flowers and leaves and fruit, puffed up … Continue reading

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From the Collection–Hiram Powers’ “Proserpine”

–Or, I Can’t Believe I Ate (Almost) The Whole Thing! In the Museum’s American Collection galleries, in the Lower Level of the Kahler Building, you will find a sculptural bust of a very pretty young woman.  Carved out of gorgeous … Continue reading

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From the Collection– “A Roman Amateur” by Lawrence Alma-Tadema

On December 14, 1894, Frederick Layton, the Milwaukee meat packer and philanthropist who founded the Layton Art Gallery (the predecessor of the Milwaukee Art Museum), wrote a letter to Julius Gugler of the Milwaukee Art Association. Layton requested the organization … Continue reading

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From Museum Storage–Elihu Vedder’s “Star of Bethlehem”

Thanksgiving has come and gone and you know what that means – the “holiday” season is officially upon us! If you hadn’t already experienced  red and green decorations and Christmas music vying for your attention in October before your pumpkin … Continue reading

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From the Collection–Step into my Parlor (Cabinet)

One of my favorite decorative art objects in the Museum’s permanent collection is actually a rather bewildering piece. It’s an enormous Parlor Cabinet, designed and produced sometime between 1860-1870 by Alexandre Roux (1813-1866), a French-born cabinetmaker who moved to New … Continue reading

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