I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Come along with us and take a look at some of the fabulous landscape paintings by renowned artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, and others inside of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
My husband and I recently enjoyed a visit to our MFAH to see some special exhibits which continually add variety to what is inside of these buildings.
Extensive collections of antiquities, European, American, African, Asian, Pre-Columbian, Oceanic, Korean, Indian, Native American, photographic, and other types of art keep people coming back again and again. Special exhibits entice even more sojourns to this great institution.
Inside the Museum of Fine Arts Houston
One will find exceptional art, but also other facilities. They include the following:
- The Hirsch Library functions as a place for art research, and it is also open to the public.
- For educators, the Kinder Foundation Education Center operates as a lending library, which can help teachers immeasurably with resources for their classrooms.
- Do you like seeing old films? No problem! The Brown Auditorium Theater provides the venue for not only movies but concerts, lectures, workshops, and the like.
- Hungry? Again, no problem! Cafe Express, which offers everything from appetizers to desserts, is in the Audrey Jones Beck Building. It is a great place to relax and have liquid and solid refreshments before continuing one's exploration of the many places inside the buildings of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.
Are you ready to view some of the MFAH landscapes? Let's begin!
Vincent Van Gogh
A masterful impressionist painter who was Dutch lived from 1853 to 1890.
According to information, he had a somewhat tortured life but certainly left behind a legacy of some great and well recognizable paintings such as this one, which is titled The Rocks.
This oil on canvas was created towards the end of his life in 1888. The subject matter is of a site just outside of the village of Arles in southern France.
This self-taught artist went on to influence artists such as Pablo Picasso and others because of his distinctive style of post-impressionistic style of painting.
Rousseau painted many imaginary scenes, such as this one of the Eiffel Tower. The Eiffel Tower, a marvel in its day, existed, but not with this scenery as depicted around it.
Rousseau was French and lived from 1844 to 1910. He painted this particular oil on canvas in 1898. Notice the beautiful pink hues from the clouds in the sky reflected in the water.
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Pissarro was French and lived in the years from 1830 to 1903. He was a prominent figure with the Impressionist style of painting. He was esteemed by his colleagues, such as Cézanne, Gauguin, and others from that time.
Two examples of his oil on canvas landscapes are included here for your perusal. The Goose Girl at Montfoucault date is 1875, and Fir Trees at Louveciennes, 1870. These are both beautiful paintings in this author's opinion.
Are you able to detect a distinctive style to his art?
Sisley was a British artist (1839–1899) who was active in France. He created this oil on canvas titled The Flood on the Road to Saint-Germain in 1876, documenting that scenery at the time.
Alfred Sisley was well known for his landscapes and Impressionist style of painting. Making a flooded scene into a thing of beauty was accomplished with this fabulous landscape painting by Alfred Sisley.
A Frenchman (1812–1867), he painted The Great Oaks of Old Bas-Breau in 1864. It is another oil on canvas.
Rousseau was the leader of the Barbizon Group of Painters, who developed a very naturalistic style. For years he and others lived in a small village outside of Paris when painting and further developing this particular manner of art execution.
Supposedly he had a hard time deciding when a particular painting was finished. As one who dabbles in artistic creation, this is always a hard determination from a personal perspective.
Joseph Wright of Derby
An Englishman, Joseph Wright of Derby (1734–1797), was very interested in the effects of light and utilized that to a significant impact in his paintings. He painted many candlelit scenes, and here you can look at two examples of his work.
Dovedale by Midnight is an oil on canvas with a date of 1785. The darkness of the night with illumination from the moon shimmering on the water below is quite striking. My husband liked the contrast of the dark and light in this first painting.
The Little Gardner is an unfinished oil painting on canvas created in the years 1866–1867.
Frederic Bazille was a French Impressionist painter who had a short life (1841–1870) due to his death on the battlefield during the Franco-Prussian War. His close friends were fellow artists such as Claude Monet, Alfred Sisley, and Edouard Manet. It is a shame that he could not have lived past his short lifespan of only 29 years.
According to the plaque in the MFAH, this landscape painting of The Little Gardner was the actual sunlit garden of his family home. Bazille's typical style was to paint en plein air (outside in natural light) and to have a figure in the foreground of his landscapes as in this example.
An Englishman who lived from 1727 to 1788, he painted this oil on canvas titled Coastal Scene with Shipping and Cattle in the years 1781–1782. Gainsborough was a great portraitist but also loved painting landscapes, especially in his later years.
The cows in this painting are gazing at the scene below them. The outcropping of rock upon which they stand gives them a functional perspective.
Cezanne is known as "the father of modern art." He, first of all, paved the way between impressionism to cubism and also abstraction. Consequently, many artists followed his lead and took the art in even more directions. He was not entirely accepted or recognized as an influential artist until he was in his 50s.
A Frenchman, born in 1839, he died of pneumonia in 1906. He painted this landscape titled Bottom of the Ravine of the hills behind his mother's house in L'Estaque, located in southern France. The colors, shapes, and subject matter make this a stunningly beautiful painting, in my opinion.
Hopefully, you enjoyed this sampling of fabulous landscape paintings found in Houston's stellar MFA (Museum of Fine Arts) Audrey Jones Beck Building. If you ever visit Houston, Texas, and can spare a few hours or more of your time, plan to spend some of it in the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. There is so much to entertain and hold one's interest in this museum.
If you have the time to take a tour, by all means, do so. If your timing is limited, you can still learn much about the artists and paintings by reading the plaques on the walls adjacent to each of the art pieces.
Location of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston: 1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, Texas 77005.
If you wish to get more of an idea of what the Museum of Fine Arts Houston offers visitors, take a look at the video below. There is something here for everyone!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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