Minnesota Marine Art Museum, located along the Mississippi River in Winona, Minnesota, added to its already surprising collection of water-inspired art from world-renowned artists this weekend.
Three paintings were unveiled to a room full of museum members and donors, Winona Daily News reports. The first painting was “Spring on the Hori River Overlooking Steckborn” (1946) by Otto Dix, a German painter declared a “degenerate artist” by the Nazis. Dix was stripped of his professorship and spent the war years painting inoffensive landscapes, like “Spring on the Hori River,” in the countryside.
The second painting was “Arles, the Arena before the Rhone II” (1960) by Pablo Picasso. It was the final in a series of five paintings Picasso did of the bullfighting arena, and was completed late in the painter’s life.
The third painting revealed was “White-Headed Eagle” (1828) by American ornithologist, naturalist and painter John James Audubon. According to MMAM, Audubon completed a few oil paintings as a way to promote subscriptions to his book, “The Birds of America,” and as such “White-Headed Eagle” is rare addition to the museum’s collection.
The new paintings add to the buzz the Minnesota Marine Art Museum has garnered recently from publications including the Wall Street Journal and The Growler.
[H/T Winona Daily News]