Your guide through the masterworks in a Mississippi art museum that is one of the most notable small museums of America
The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art opened in 1923 as the first art museum in Mississippi. Its rich treasury of works by acclaimed masters focuses on European art, American art, Japanese prints, Native American baskets, and English Georgian silver. This handbook showcases each of these magnificent collections.
Comprising eighteenth- and nineteenth-century paintings from the French salon, the Barbizon School, and French realism, the European collection in-cludes canvases by Eugéne Boudin, Jean Fran¨ois Millet, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, Rosa Bonheur, and others.
The American collection of paintings, sculpture, and works on paper is the keystone of the museum's permanent holdings. It includes paintings from the Hudson River School, American impressionism, The Ten, the Ashcan School, American regionalism, and early modernism, as well as other major art movements of the twentieth century. Included are works by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Thomas Moran, Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri, Charles Burchfield, Richmond Barthé, Fairfield Porter, Romare Bearden, and others.
Works by master artists Hiroshige, Hokusai, and Utamaro are among 160 woodblock prints in the Japanese ukiyo-e collection. Themes of these prints include landscapes, beautiful women, and theater.
Upon the founding of the museum, 500 Native American baskets were the gift of Catherine Marshall Gardiner. Some eighty tribes are represented with remarkable woven objects from the entire continent of North America.
The English Georgian silver collection, the gift of Thomas and Harriet Gibbons, exemplifies the highest achieve-ments of master silversmiths of the era. It comprises 105 pieces of sterling, most pieces used for the serving of tea. They include elegant tea caddies, urns, epergnes, and baskets for cakes and sweetmeats.
With full-color photographs and detailed descriptions, this handbook is an exciting overview of a remarkable treasury of visual art.
The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is an elegant neo-Georgian edifice located at Fifth Avenue and Seventh Street in Laurel, Mississippi.