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When it comes to art promoting centres, the name of High Museum of Art must come in the list. This is a museum which is located in Atlanta and is leading in its kind in the South-eastern United States.
It is a division of the Woodruff Arts Center. The museum was founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association. Later, the High family had donated their home on Peachtree Street to the association and the museum was then named after them.
The renaming was followed by a series of exhibitions which included the Grand Central Art Galleries. On June 3, 1962, an unfortunate plane crash had taken away lives of many patrons of Atlanta Art Gallery.
To honor the ones who had died in that incident, the Atlanta Memorial Arts Center was built for the High where the French government had donated a structure of a Rodin which was named as THE SHADE.
The High Museum of Art’s permanent collection includes over 17,000 forms of artworks from seven genres of art. The genres include African Art, European Art, folk and self taught art, modern and contemporary art and photography.
The works in the museum include paintings of famous artists whose names are often heard in the world of visual arts. Some of these names are Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Claude Monet, Martin Johnson Heade, Dorothea Lange and many other renowned ones.
Art has been a major identity of Africa and that is quite prevalent from the way paintings were done on the tombs and thrones of Egypt. The High Museum has collection of contemporary art forms of Africa created by the native artists. The extraordinary masks and figurative structures are basic and most popular examples of African Art.
High’s American Art collection includes more than 1200 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints made by American artists between 1780 and 1980. So, these paintings are not only glamorous, they add to the antiquity and rich taste of the museum and shows the intense effort given by the officials in their work.
This art form is more of a fusion of different styles of many places. The style of painting, materials and stories of different regions are brought together to create a masterpiece.
Apart from these, there are many diverse cultures found in the High Museum of Art which get expressed through paintings.