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Arts in the Basic Curriculum: Artists and the Outdoors

This resource guide provides supplemental resources to accompany the Saint Louis Art Museum’s “Arts in the Basic Curriculum” (ABC) program. ABC is a multi-visit tour program for student groups that offers six themed tours to choose from.

Theme Summary

Artists and the Outdoors explores how nature finds its way into art making, from depictions of the natural world to the use of organic materials in the creative process. Nature is often a source of inspiration, compelling artists to transcribe its visual effects and explore ways nature and art intertwine.

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Close Looking

Water Lilies

Claude Monet, French, 1840–1926; Water Lilies, c.1915–26; oil on canvas; 78 3/4 inches × 13 feet 11 3/4 inches x 2 5/8 inches.; Saint Louis Art Museum, The Steinberg Charitable Fund 134:1956

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Masayuki Nagare, Japanese, 1923–2018; Confluence, 1964–65; black granite; 32 x 64 x 36 3/4 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Howard F. Baer in honor of his wife, Isabel Baer 16:1964

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Stone Sea

Andy Goldsworthy, English, born 1956; Stone Sea, 2012; Missouri limestone; courtyard: 12 feet x 73 feet x 20 feet; Saint Louis Art Museum, Commissioned by the Saint Louis Art Museum, Director’s Discretionary Fund, and funds given by Mr. and Mrs. Andrew C. Taylor, Paul M. Arenberg Family, James G. and Catherine B. Berges, Mr. and Mrs. F. Gilbert Bickel III, Alison and John Ferring, Roxanne H. Frank, Nancy and Kenneth Kranzberg, Mr. and Mrs. John Peters MacCarthy, Pam and Greg Trapp, Anabeth and John Weil, Mr. and Mrs. Gary Wolff, an anonymous donor, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Rusnack, Mr. and Mrs. David C. Farrell, Jane S. Shapleigh, Hope and Julian Edison, Eleanor J. Moore, Terry Moore Shepley, the Paul and Elissa Cahn Foundation, Mrs. Barbara S. Eagleton, Marcia Jeanne Hart, Bettie S. Johnson, Kodner Gallery, Jim and Dorte Probstein, Emily Rauh Pulitzer, Judge and Mrs. Charles A. Shaw, Susan and David Sherman III, Mary Ann and Andrew Srenco, the Third Wednesday Group, Keith H. Williamson, Jerome F. and Judith Weiss Levy, Helen Kornblum; and gift of Paul and Elissa Cahn and bequest of Guy A. Thompson, by exchange 30:2012; © Andy Goldsworthy 2012, Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co., Photography by Scott Smith.

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Murnau with Locomotive

Vassily Kandinsky, Russian (active Germany), 1866–1944; Murnau with Locomotive, 1911; oil on canvas; 37 3/4 x 41 1/8 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Bequest of Morton D. May by exchange 142:1986

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Untitled 4

Elias Sime, Ethiopian, born 1968; Untitled 4, 2020; reclaimed electrical wires and components on panel; 81 3/4 × 123 1/4 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Friends Fund, and funds given by Eleanor J. Moore, Gary Werths and Richard Frimel, the Ross Family Foundation, and Yvette Drury Dubinsky and John Paul Dubinsky 43:2021; © Elias Sime 2019

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Octagonal Jar with Design of Cherry Trees, Peonies, and Chrysanthemums

Japanese; Octagonal Jar with Design of Cherry Trees, Peonies, and Chrysanthemums, early 18th century; Arita ware, Ko-Imari type; porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue, overglaze iron-red enamel, and gold decoration; height: 16 in., diameter of mouth: 6 1/4 inches, diameter of body: 11 1/2 inches, diameter of foot: 6 1/4 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Bequest of Reka Neilson Fisher 156:1993

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Pair of Parrots

made by Bow Porcelain Factory, England, active 1744–1776; Pair of Parrots, c.1760; glazed porcelain and enamel; Parrot, a: 6 5/8 x 4 3/4 x 5 1/4 inches, Parrot, b: 7 1/8 x 4 3/8 x 4 5/8 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Milton L. Zorensky, by exchange 431:2018a,b

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Bamana artist, Mali; Puppet, 1960s; wood, pigment, animal hair, metal, cloth, fiber; 24 x 36 1/2 inches; Saint Louis Art Museum, Partial gift of Thomas Alexander and Museum Shop Fund 189:1994 

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