Joy of Museums

Museums, Art Galleries and Historical Sites

Masterpieces of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC

In the MoMA - New York - NYC - USA - panoramio

Masterpieces of the Museum of Modern Art, NYC

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is an art museum located in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. The Museum of Modern Art contains many masterpieces of art and objects of historical significance.

Below are just some of my favourite masterpieces at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA):

  • “Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond” by Claude Monet
    • “Reflections of Clouds on the Water-Lily Pond” by Claude Monet is a monumental triptych portraying of a water-lily pond, from Monet’s garden in Giverny, with the sky and clouds reflecting off the lily pond. Monet’s aim was to give: “the illusion of an endless whole, of water without horizon or bank.” Monet attempted to capture the continually changing qualities of light, colour, water, sky and lilies by dissolving all the elements in: “the refuge of peaceful meditation in the centre of a flowering aquarium.”
  • “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh
    • “The Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh depicts the view from the east-facing window of Van Gogh’s asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise, with the addition of an idealised village. “The Starry Night” is regarded as one of Van Gogh’s most beautiful works and is one of the most recognised paintings in the history of Western culture. In 1888 Van Gogh had a breakdown that resulted in the self-mutilation of his left ear, and he voluntarily admitted himself to the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole lunatic asylum. The asylum was housed in a former monastery which catered to the wealthy and was less than half full when Van Gogh arrived. He was thus allowed to occupy a second-story bedroom and to also use a ground-floor room as a painting studio. During the year Van Gogh stayed at the asylum, he produced some of the best-known works, including the Irises, many self-portraits and The Starry Night.
  • “Broadway Boogie Woogie” by Piet Mondrian
    • “Broadway Boogie Woogie” by Piet Mondrian was created after the artist moved to New York in 1940. Compared to his earlier work, the canvas is divided into many more smaller squares. Although Mondrian spent most of his career creating highly abstract work not directly related to reality, this painting was inspired by the real-world examples of the city grid of Manhattan, and the Broadway boogie-woogie, a type of music that Mondrian loved. The piece is made up of shimmering squares of bright colour that leap from the canvas, and seem to shimmer, drawing the viewer into those neon lights of New York.
  • “Le Grand Nu” by Amedeo Modigliani
    • “Le Grand Nu” by Amedeo Modigliani is one of the dozens of nudes created by Modigliani in a modern style characterised by elongation of faces and figures, that echo precursors such as Titian, Goya, and Velázquez. However, Modigliani’s figures differ significantly in the level of raw sensuality they transmit. Unlike depictions of female nudes from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century, in which female nudity is couched in mythology or allegory, this series of paintings are without any such context, highlighting the painting’s eroticism.


“Practically everybody in New York has half a mind to write a book — and does.”
– Groucho Marx


Photo Credit: diego_cue [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons