Museum of Fine Arts Houston: Fabulous Landscape Paintings

Updated on February 20, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

The majestic front of the original building of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston
The majestic front of the original building of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston | Source

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.

Granite sculpture titled Song of Strength by Eduardo Chillida on the front lawn of MFAH
Granite sculpture titled Song of Strength by Eduardo Chillida on the front lawn of MFAH | Source

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!

The Rocks by Vincent Van Gogh
The Rocks by Vincent Van Gogh | Source

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.

The Eiffel Tower by Henri Rousseau
The Eiffel Tower by Henri Rousseau | Source

Henri Rousseau

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.

Fir Trees at Louveciennes by Camille Pissarro
Fir Trees at Louveciennes by Camille Pissarro | Source
The Goose Girl at Montfoucault by Camille Pissarro
The Goose Girl at Montfoucault by Camille Pissarro | Source

Camille Pissarro

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?

The Flood on the Road to Saint Germain by Alfred Sisley
The Flood on the Road to Saint Germain by Alfred Sisley | Source

Alfred Sisley

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.

The Great Oaks of Old Bas-Breau by Theodore Rousseau
The Great Oaks of Old Bas-Breau by Theodore Rousseau | Source

Théodore Rousseau

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.

Dovedale by Midnight by Joseph Wright of Derby
Dovedale by Midnight by Joseph Wright of Derby | Source
Italian Landscape with Mountains and a River by Joseph Wright of Derby
Italian Landscape with Mountains and a River by Joseph Wright of Derby | Source

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 Gardener by Frederic Bazille
The Little Gardener by Frederic Bazille | Source

Frederic Bazille

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.

Coastal Scene with Shipping and Cattle by Thomas Gainsborough
Coastal Scene with Shipping and Cattle by Thomas Gainsborough | Source

Thomas Gainsborough

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.

Bottom of the Ravine by Paul Cezanne
Bottom of the Ravine by Paul Cezanne | Source

Paul Cezanne

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 50's.

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.

Which of these paintings did you like the best?

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View from the front yard of MFAH looking towards Mecom Fountains
View from the front yard of MFAH looking towards Mecom Fountains | Source

Location

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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      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Dolores,

        That is why museums will always have an audience for their collections of art, which can be viewed in person. Landscape paintings often portray such beautiful scenery. I am pleased that you enjoyed this post.

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        Dolores Monet 

        4 weeks ago from East Coast, United States

        Hi Peggy - I loved landscape painting the best and so enjoyed your article. There is nothing like seeing the work of great artists in person. No matter how high quality a print, it just doesn't hold a candle to the real thing.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        4 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi James,

        It is my pleasure to show off just a few of the fabulous landscape paintings hanging in our MFAH. Thanks for your comment.

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        James A Watkins 

        4 weeks ago from Chicago

        Thank you for this beautiful journey. I enjoyed it. Well done Peggy!

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Kari,

        Thanks for letting me know how much you enjoyed this article.

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        Kari Poulsen 

        5 weeks ago from Ohio

        Hi Peggy, Thanks for taking the pictures and sharing them here. The paintings are all beautiful, and choosing a favorite was hard. I really enjoyed reading this article.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Eiddwen,

        It is nice seeing you here again also! Thanks for your comment and vote as to which painting you liked the best.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Robert,

        You would have only seen a fraction of the buildings that comprise the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and they keep expanding! The collection continues to need more room for displays. A couple of mansions are also a part of the collection.

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        Eiddwen 

        5 weeks ago from Wales

        Hi Peggy how lovely to be back and I so enjoyed this visit. Thank you for taking us with you. I voted for the Italian Landscape. I loved the peace which this painting conveyed. I now look forward to catching up with you again .

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        Robert Sacchi 

        5 weeks ago

        An impressive looking building and ground with an impressive collection.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Linda,

        It is hard to choose just one favorite out of this selection of paintings, but I appreciate your taking the poll. It will be interesting to see if a favorite emerges as more people take the time to vote.

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        Linda Crampton 

        5 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        The paintings are beautiful, Peggy. This is a very enjoyable article. I liked all the paintings and had several favorites, but I decided to vote for "The Goose Girl at Montfoucault" in your poll. I could have voted for the painting of the fir trees, the oak trees, or the Italian landscape because I loved them, too.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Donna,

        This is but a small fraction of the wonderful paintings and other art presented in Houston's Fine Art Museum. So glad you liked this.

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        Donna Rayne 

        5 weeks ago from Sutter Creek

        Peggy, what an awesome article. I loved looking at all the beautiful paintings and would love to visit this museum one day!

        Excellent article!

        Donna Rayne

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello Bushra,

        Thanks for your comment. I agree that they are beautiful paintings.

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        Aishatu Ali 

        5 weeks ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

        Beautiful paintings!

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Bill,

        Van Gogh's piece by the title of "The Rocks" is a beauty. I can understand why you like it. Thanks for taking the time to comment and vote.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi FlourishAnyway,

        There is no right or wrong way to enjoy what is contained within a museum. If we are in a new location and want to simply get an overview, we go through a museum quickly also. Since we live here and can go through our fine arts museum as often as we wish, it is fun to occasionally go through parts of it more slowly.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello Umesh,

        Superb is certainly one apt way of describing these paintings. Thanks for your comment.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Ruby,

        You are fortunate to have some lovely paintings in your home. I am assuming that one or more of them are from your sister Ava? If so, it must make you think of her each time you view them.

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        Bill Holland 

        5 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        Van Gogh will probably always be my favorite because of the man behind the work. Genius and torment, the likes of which we rarely see.Thanks for sharing another edifying article.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 weeks ago from USA

        Houston has so much to offer! Thanks for sharing it’s culture with us.i enjoy art museums but tend to go through them somewhat quickly rather than lingering a long time at each piece.

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        Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

        5 weeks ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

        Nice article. Well described and well presented. These paintings are superb. Thanks.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        5 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

        This is my favorite article. I love artwork and have some nice paintings in my home. My sister Ava was an artist and she was very good. This would be a place I would definitely visit. Thank you for sharing.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Pamela,

        We have this fabulous art museum, and we have others as well. The Contemporary Art Museum is just across the street, and the Menil Collection is a short distance away.

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        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello Bill,

        You like one of the ones that my husband also admired because of the clouds and moonlight. If you do visit Houston, there are many other museums in addition to this one in that same area, and the expansive Hermann Park is also nearby. It is a beautiful part of our city.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        5 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        These paintings are so beautiful. It was very difficult to choose just one. It is wonderful to have a an art museum in Houston.

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        Bill De Giulio 

        5 weeks ago from Massachusetts

        Loved this look at the MFAH. If we ever make it to Houston we will certainly try to visit. I love the billowing clouds being illuminated by the moonlight in the Dovedale painting. Thanks for the tour.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        5 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Liz,

        Our large museum represents the works of artists from all around the world. It is an amazing place to visit!

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        Liz Westwood 

        5 weeks ago from UK

        This is an incredibly well-illustrated article. I was pleased to see so many British artists represented here. Many years ago we used to go for walks and take visitors to Dovedale. We were recently staying in a hotel in Derby.

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