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Modern Art

The Museum's collection of modern European art is one of the largest and most distinguished components of its holdings, spanning 150 years of European painting and sculpture (1800-1950). Highlights include French Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterworks, German Expressionist masterpieces, and the largest public collection of paintings in the world by Max Beckmann.

Around 160 works are on view in 13 galleries which move chronologically from early 19th-century Romanticism through to mid-20th-century Surrealism and abstraction. Within this chronology, galleries are arranged thematically around genres such as landscape, portraiture, the body, and still life. The centerpiece of the installation is a large gallery devoted to the work of Beckmann. Also on view are major Impressionist paintings including Monet's Water Lilies and five works by Vincent van Gogh. The installation also contains Matisse's masterpiece, Bathers with a Turtle, many German Expressionist masterworks, and five pictures by Pablo Picasso.

The modern European art collection is particularly indebted to gifts from two St Louis businessmen and philanthropists: Morton D. May, and Joseph Pulitzer, Jr.