Click Your Heels and Enjoy the American Scenery in “No Place Like Home”

Published on December 20th, 2013 | Posted in Events and Exhibitions

The Saint Louis University Museum of Art is currently hosting an American art exhibition that visitors can appreciate without having to find a pair of Dorothy’s ruby slippers! On view through February 2, 2014, No Place Like Home: American Scenery from the Sinquefield Collection features paintings, drawings, and lithographs that highlight the midwestern landscape and way of life. This exhibition highlights works by important twentieth-century American painters associated with the American scene painting movement, including Thomas Hart Benton, John Rogers Cox, Joe Jones, and Grant Wood. Loaned from the private collection of Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield, the pieces on view are not only impressive examples of mid-twentieth-century American art, but are also a reflection of the couple’s Midwestern roots.

Rex Sinquefield, a Missouri native, received his undergraduate degree from St. Louis University, and met his wife Jeanne while they were both students at the University of Chicago. When the couple began buying art, their preference was for European Post-Impressionism. Yet years of collecting led to a shift in taste, and they now look for American paintings that remind them of home. “I see an affirmation of my belief in America and the American dream,” Sinquefield said. “With hard work anything is possible. The lyricism and beauty of the countryside here in Missouri makes that evident every day, and these artists capture that spirit of possibility.”

No Place Like Home sheds light on the rural beauty of the Midwest, and is a nostalgic reminder of the resolve and determination that was needed to transform the American dream into a reality.

Thomas Hart Benton, Self Portrait, 1924/25, Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches © T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York, New York.

Thomas Hart Benton, Self Portrait, 1924/25, Oil on canvas, 24 x 36 inches © T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York, New York.

John Rogers Cox, Landscape 1947. Oil on canvas, 18 x 26 inches.

John Rogers Cox, Landscape, 1947. Oil on canvas, 18 x 26 inches.

John Rogers Cox, Grain Farm, 1859.  Oil on canvas, 34 x 47 inches.

John Rogers Cox, Grain Farm, 1859. Oil on canvas, 34 x 47 inches.

Carl Wilmar, Jolly Flatboatmen by Moonlight (Flatboatmen on the Mississippi), 184.  Oil on canvas. 19 1/8 x 23 5/8 inches.

Carl Wilmar, Jolly Flatboatmen by Moonlight (Flatboatmen on the Mississippi), 1854. Oil on canvas. 19 1/8 x 23 5/8 inches.

 

Chelsea DeLay is the Coordinator at Questroyal Fine Art. Chelsea earned her MA in art business at Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York, and her BA in art history and classical studies from Purdue University. Her interest in American paintings first began while working at an auction house on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and has multiplied exponentially since joining the Questroyal team.
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