Art

The Bruce Museum’s art collection includes approximately 3,200 works spanning the mid-nineteenth century to the present day, with particular strengths in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American art by members of the Cos Cob art colony.

The Bruce Museum hosted annual exhibitions between 1912 and 1926 by members of the Greenwich Society of Artists, many of whom were leading figures of the Cos Cob art colony. Acquisitions from those exhibitions form the nucleus of the Museum’s collection of American Impressionism, including work by Emil Carlsen, Childe Hassam, Elmer Livingston McRae, Mina Fonda Ochtman, and Leonard Octhman. Since that time, the Museum has deepened its holdings in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American and European art across a wide range of media, namely paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, and works on paper. Photography represents a rapidly growing area of the collection.

The collection strategy for the Bruce will continue to emphasize the trajectory of modernism from 1850 to the present day, encompassing global contemporary art as part of its focus.

Alfred Thompson Bricher, Coastal Scene

Alfred Thompson Bricher (American, 1837–1908) Coastal Scene, n.d. Oil on canvas Bruce Museum, Museum Purchase made possible in part by the Pasculano Acquisition Fund, 2014.01

Daniel Ridgway Knight, Brittany Girl

Daniel Ridgway Knight (American, 1839–1924) Brittany Girl, n.d. Oil on canvas Bruce Museum, Bequest of George N. Morgan, 13412

Childe Hassam, The Mill Pond, Cos Cob, 1902

Childe Hassam (American, 1859–1935) The Mill Pond, Cos Cob, 1902 Oil on canvas Bruce Museum, 94.25

Leonard Ochtman, October Morning

Leonard Ochtman (American, 1854–1934) October Morning, 1919 Oil on canvas Bruce Museum, 00031

Matilda Browne, August Morning

Matilda Browne (American, 1869–1947) August Morning, circa 1919 Oil on canvas Bruce Museum, 00026

George Wharton Edwards, River Road

George Wharton Edwards (American, 1859–1950) River Road, 1918–1919 Oil on canvas Bruce Museum, 00028

Charles Harold Davis, The Old Pasture

Charles Harold Davis (American, 1856–1933) The Old Pasture, n.d. Oil on canvas Bruce Museum, 00029

Emil Carlsen, Peonies

Emil Carlsen (American, born Denmark, 1853–1952) Peonies, circa 1897 Oil on canvas Bruce Museum, 00030

Elmer McRae, Tea in the Arbor

Elmer Livingston McRae (American, 1875–1953) Tea in the Arbor, 1911 Oil on canvas Bruce Museum, 90.09

Theodore Robinson, Apple Blossoms

Theodore Robinson (American, 1852–1896) Apple Blossoms, 1889 Oil on canvas Bruce Museum, 2006.42

John Henry Twachtman, Grey Day

John Henry Twachtman (American, 1853–1902) Grey Day, circa 1887–88 Oil on canvas

Edward Henry Potthast, Harbor Scene

Edward Henry Potthast (American, 1857–1927) Harbor Scene, n.d. Oil on canvas Bruce Museum, Bequest of Erwin S. Barrie, 83.21.02

John Frederick Peto, Still Life

John Frederick Peto (American, 1854-1907) Still Life with Candlestick, Book and Match, 1899 Oil on board Bruce Museum, Purchase Museum Purchase made possible in part by the Pasculano Acquisition Fund, 2007.01

William Merritt Chase, Young Girl

William Merritt Chase (American, 1849–1916) Young Girl, circa 1900 Oil on canvas Bruce Museum, 2002.31

George Bellows, Portrait of Augustus F. Lundberg

George Bellows (American, 1882–1925) Portrait of Augustus F. Lundberg, circa 1906–07 Oil on canvas Bruce Museum, Purchased with funds from the Bruce Museum’s Friends of American Art, 2004.26

Joan Snyder, Banished Muse

Joan Snyder (American, b. 1940) Banished Muse, 1987 Oil, acrylic, and paper mache on linen Bruce Museum, Gift of Zita and Edward J. Rosenthal and Family, 2012.11.02

Kenzo Okada, Leaves

Kenzo Okada (American, born Japan, 1902–1982) Leaves, circa 1970 Oil on canvas Bruce Museum, Gift of Barbara Bemis Bloch, 96.03

Mary Frank, Persephone

Mary Frank (British, b. 1933) Persephone, 1987 Bronze Bruce Museum, Gift of Zita and Edward J. Rosenthal and Family, 2012.11.03

Henry Moore, Maquette for Reclining Draped Figure

Henry Moore (British, 1889–1986) Maquette for Reclining Draped Figure, conceived in 1952, cast before 1961 Green patinated bronze on ebonized base Bruce Museum, Gift of Mildred and Robert Rosenberg, 2011.06

Hiram Powers, Proserpine

Hiram Powers (American, 1805–1873) Proserpine, 1843–1849 Marble Bruce Museum, 97.157

Gaston Lachaise, Man Walking (Portrait of Lincoln Kirstein)

Gaston Lachaise ,(American, born France, 1882–1935), Man Walking (Portrait of Lincoln Kirstein), 1934 Bronze with brown patina Bruce Museum, Museum Purchase made possible in part by the Pasculano Acquisition Fund, 2010.01

Frederick MacMonnies, Diana

Frederick MacMonnies (American, 1863–1937) Diana, 1888 Bronze Bruce Museum, Gift of M. Christmann Zulli, 2020.20

Mary Bauermeister, Pencil Box

Mary Bauermeister (German, b. 1934) Pencil Box, n.d. Glass, optical lenses and collage with ink in a metal box on a rotating base Bruce Museum, Gift of the Hoffman Family, 2011.08.01

Auguste Rodin, Le Baiser (The Kiss)

Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917) Le Baiser (The Kiss), 1886 Bronze Bruce Museum, Gift of Melissa Anne and Jillian Leigh Pedone in memory of their father, Anthony Paul Pedone, 94.24

James Jacques Joseph Tissot, Admiring a Portfolio

James Jacques Joseph Tissot (French, 1836–1902) Admiring a Portfolio, circa 1883 Pastel on linen Bruce Museum, Museum Purchase made possible in part by the Pasculano Acquisition Fund, 2008.01

Paul Signac, La Bouée

Paul Signac (French, 1863–1965) La Bouée (Sainte Tropez et Port), 1894 Color lithograph Bruce Museum, Gift of Reba and Dave Williams, 2011.09.01

Lester Johnson, Crowd of Men

Lester Johnson (American, 1919-2010) Crowd of Men, 1967 Brush and ink, colored chalk, gouache, charcoal, and pencil on paper Bruce Museum, 97.01

Jasper Johns, Untitled

Jasper Johns (American, b. 1930) Untitled, 1992 Color lithograph Bruce Museum, Gift of Edward Lampert, 2001.02

Robert Motherwell, Elegy Elegy Black

Robert Motherwell (American, 1915–1991) Elegy Elegy Black, 1983 Lithograph Bruce Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Brittain III, 98.11

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, Untitled

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith (American, Citizen of Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation, b. 1940) Untitled, 1983 Lithograph on paper Bruce Museum, FIC97.20.05

Andy Warhol, Sachiko Bower

Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1977) Sachiko Bower, 1977 Silkscreen on paper Bruce Museum, Gift of the Frederick R. Weisman, 85.30.01

Louise Nevelson, Totem’s Presents

Louise Nevelson (American, born Ukraine, 1899–1988) Totem’s Presents, 1965, Etching and aquatint, Bruce Museum, Gift of the I Have A Dream Foundation, Stamford, CT, 2001.05.03

Romare Bearden, Three Women

Romare Bearden (American, 1911–1988) Three Women (Easter Sunday), 1979 Color lithograph Bruce Museum, Gift of Raymond Dubrowski, 82.28.01

Sam Gilliam, Untitled

Sam Gilliam (American, 1933–2022) Untitled, 1977 Lithograph, handmade paper and collé Bruce Museum, Gift of Susan Ball and John Brigham, 2012.08

Alfonso Ossorio, Red Sacrifice

Alfonso Ossorio (American, born Philippines, 1916–1990) Red Sacrifice, 1950 Watercolor and wax on paper Bruce Museum, Gift of the Artist, 72.34

Eadward Muybridge, Animal Locomotion

Eadward Muybridge (British, 1830–1904) Animal Locomotion, Plate 163, 1887 Gelatin silver print Bruce Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Francis L. Capers, 88.26

Florence Henri , Cygne

Florence Henri (American, 1893–1982) Cygne, 1928 Gelatin silver print Bruce Museum, Gift of Rick Wester and Jennifer Garvin, 2007.05.11

Walker Evans, Front Porch of Miner’s House

Walker Evans (American, 1903–1975), Front Porch of Miner’s House, 1935 Gelatin silver print, Bruce Museum, Gift of Rick Wester and Jennifer Garvin, 2007.05.35

Margaret Bourke-White, Study of Insects Hanging from Cocoon

Margaret Bourke-White (American, 1904–1971) Study of Insects Hanging from Cocoon, circa 1935 Vintage gelatin silver print Bruce Museum, Gift of Fernando Barnuevo and Gloria Ybarra, 2005.01.19

Gary Winogrand, New York City

Gary Winogrand (American, 1928–1984) New York City, 1967 Silver bromide print Bruce Museum, Gift of Will and Joanne Potter, 2006.45.24

Mark Markov-Grinberg, Now and Forever

Mark Markov-Grinberg (Russian, 1907–2003) Now and Forever, 1935 (printed later) Gelatin silver print Bruce Museum, Gift of Richard and Elena Pollack, 2003.07.05

Carlotta Corpron, Fluid Light Design (The Curtains)

Carlotta Corpron (American, 1901–1988) Fluid Light Design (The Curtains), 1947 Gelatin silver print Bruce Museum, Gift of Judith and Stephen Wertheimer, 2012.09.01

Mary Nicholena MacCord , Front Door

Mary Nicholena MacCord (American, 1864–1955) Front Door, circa 1890 Watercolor and gouache on paper Bruce Museum, 93.16

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