I had let lapse my membership in West Bend's Museum of Wisconsin Art. But a friend's mention of his recent visit there inspired me to pay another visit and to renew my annual dues. (Only members can tour the museum's collection, but membership is a phenomenally inexpensive $12 a year.)
The collection on display had not changed a great deal from my last visit, but it was nice to see some old "friends." Following are a few of those.
Probably the best know work in this modest-sized museum is a massive painting that portrays a scene of religious flagellants passing though a European city. The painting is, I would estimate, at least 12 feet high by 20 feet wide and features a number of portraits that are high in emotional content. Here are a couple of those.
There is also a relatively large lithograph work (at least it looks like a lithograph). Again, here is a "portrait" within that piece.
The museum building is distinctive in that it is wedge-shaped, with one of the corners making a very acute angle. The two sides of that angle are faced in windows. Here is a shot looking up a stairway toward the "point." I thought the lines made for an interesting semi-abstract.
One of the art pieces in that niche is a large art glass triptych that I liked for the texture of the colors.
Following is a portion of a bizarre but interesting painting that I had not recalled from my prior visits.
I also noticed a metal sculpture that somehow seemed a little confused but did incorporate some interesting aspects, including this face that I shot in profile.
I know it can be maddening when I shoot only a portion of a work of art. It's certainly not what the artist intended. (If it were, then the artwork would have only included what I shoot.) But I find myself photographing only portions of art because I want to emphasize a detail that might be lost in a photo of the entire work. The following sculpture is, I think, a case in point. It is a whimsical piece that has a lot going on. Here first is a shot of the entire piece, which stands more than six feet high.
And here are shots of "components" of the overall work.
I do feel these individual shots provide interesting facets of the overall piece that simple are not available in the shot of the work as a whole.