The Cleveland Museum of Art creates transformative experiences through art, “for the benefit of all the people forever.” See what makes the CMA one of the top art museums in the nation with these iconic works of art.
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Water Lilies (Agapanthus)
c. 1915-1926, Claude Monet
Monet spent the last thirty years of his life painting the lily pond at his home in Giverny, France. Monet’s water lilies paintings are a product of the artist’s fascination of the water’s shimmering surface and reflections.
Hervé Youmbi (Cameroon)
In assembling numerous masks into one towering contemporary sculpture, Youmbi brings together five African countries. By doing so, art historical practices that organize African objects according to ethnic, cultural or regional styles are challenged.
August Rodin, 1880
One of Rodin’s most famous works, The Thinker was part of a commission to represent Dante’s epic 1321 poem, The Divine Comedy. Ours is one of only ten Rodin-supervised casts.
Statuette of a Woman: “The Stargazer”
c. 3000 B.C., Early Bronze Age
One of the oldest sculptures of the human figure in the museum, the Stargazer looks to the stars above to powerful divine forces. One of just 30 such figures known, her completed form makes her exceptionally rare.
Stag at Sharkey’s
George Bellows, 1909
Depicting a fight at Sharkey’s Athletic Club, Bellows captured the force and energy of the struggle by blurring the scene’s details with rapid brushwork. Whenever a non-club member competed, he was given temporary membership and known as a “stag.”
c. 1000s, South India, Tamil Nadu
This elegant and dynamic figure embodies the Indian conception of the never-ending cycle of time as well as Shiva’s roles as creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe.
Early 700s, China
With their fierce expressions and exaggerated physical features, these two fantastic guardian creatures were intended to protect the entrance to a tomb, warding off evil as well as keeping the soul of the deceased from wandering.