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Oklahoma City Museum of Art and city sights

George Washington, Charles Willson Peale, after 1779; Peale painted Washington far more than any other artist during the president's lifetime; Washington was 46 here and Peale painted 18 different versions

George Washington, Charles Willson Peale, after 1779; Peale painted Washington far more than any other artist during the president's lifetime; Washington was 46 here and Peale painted 18 different versions

Portrait of a Girl, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1895; unlike his wealthier Impressionist peers, Renoir took up portrait painting just to make a living; the subject here is the nanny to Renoir's children and not a commissioned work (almost a practice piece)

Portrait of a Girl, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1895; unlike his wealthier Impressionist peers, Renoir took up portrait painting just to make a living; the subject here is the nanny to Renoir's children and not a commissioned work (almost a practice piece)

Completed in 1917, the Oklahoma state capitol complex is the only state capitol grounds in the US with active oil rigs; this symbolizes how strongly my views and those of Oklahoma clash

Completed in 1917, the Oklahoma state capitol complex is the only state capitol grounds in the US with active oil rigs; this symbolizes how strongly my views and those of Oklahoma clash

Grand Canal, Venice, Thomas Moran, 1898; inspired by JMW Turner, the artist (primarily known for his landscapes of the American West) ventured to Italy to paint scenes for the American consumer market

Grand Canal, Venice, Thomas Moran, 1898; inspired by JMW Turner, the artist (primarily known for his landscapes of the American West) ventured to Italy to paint scenes for the American consumer market

The Spirit Spout, Frank Stella, 1998; between 1986 and 1997, the artist made a large body of work inspired by Herman Melville's Moby Dick; the Spirit-Spout was the title of the 51st chapter in the book

The Spirit Spout, Frank Stella, 1998; between 1986 and 1997, the artist made a large body of work inspired by Herman Melville's Moby Dick; the Spirit-Spout was the title of the 51st chapter in the book

View of the Bacino di San Marco, Venice, Ippolito Caffi, ca. 1845; the OKC Museum of Art was relatively small with few pieces of note but the Chihuly glass collection made it worth the $16 admission

View of the Bacino di San Marco, Venice, Ippolito Caffi, ca. 1845; the OKC Museum of Art was relatively small with few pieces of note but the Chihuly glass collection made it worth the $16 admission

Anne Boutineau Robinson, John Singleton Copley, 1769; the foremost artist in colonial America, Copley was the first American artist to include frames with his commissioned work (this is the original frame)

Anne Boutineau Robinson, John Singleton Copley, 1769; the foremost artist in colonial America, Copley was the first American artist to include frames with his commissioned work (this is the original frame)

Parrot Tulip, Lowell Nesbitt, 1973; the artist was one of America's preeminent floral painters; to honor Nesbitt's contributions to the art world, in 1980, the US Postal Service issued four stamps based on his floral paintings

Parrot Tulip, Lowell Nesbitt, 1973; the artist was one of America's preeminent floral painters; to honor Nesbitt's contributions to the art world, in 1980, the US Postal Service issued four stamps based on his floral paintings

St. Paul, Anthony Van Dyck, ca. 1616-17; after beginning his career at home in the Netherlands, van Dyck achieved fame as the principal painter to British King Charles I and the English Royal Court

St. Paul, Anthony Van Dyck, ca. 1616-17; after beginning his career at home in the Netherlands, van Dyck achieved fame as the principal painter to British King Charles I and the English Royal Court

Jacob de Graeff, Kehinde Wiley, 2018; the title of the painting comes from a 1674 portrait in the St. Louis Art Museum that Wiley used as a basis for this work featuring a model from Ferguson, Missouri

Jacob de Graeff, Kehinde Wiley, 2018; the title of the painting comes from a 1674 portrait in the St. Louis Art Museum that Wiley used as a basis for this work featuring a model from Ferguson, Missouri

Soil and Subsoil, Alexandre Hogue, 1946; this work illustrates with erosion, on terrain between OKC and Tulsa, the catastrophic environmental consequences of poor agricultural practices

Soil and Subsoil, Alexandre Hogue, 1946; this work illustrates with erosion, on terrain between OKC and Tulsa, the catastrophic environmental consequences of poor agricultural practices

Katherine Cassatt, Mary Cassatt, 1880; other than the OKC National Memorial and the Museum of Art there really wasn't much to see in the city; it is a flat, unattractive expansive of strips malls absent any charm or character

Katherine Cassatt, Mary Cassatt, 1880; other than the OKC National Memorial and the Museum of Art there really wasn't much to see in the city; it is a flat, unattractive expansive of strips malls absent any charm or character

Calla Lily, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1927; historically flowers had been considered suitable subjects for women's art but O'Keeffe showed her rebel nature by making the flower oversized and more abstract

Calla Lily, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1927; historically flowers had been considered suitable subjects for women's art but O'Keeffe showed her rebel nature by making the flower oversized and more abstract

The somber Oklahoma City National Memorial is located downtown on the former site of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which was destroyed in the April 15, 1995 bombing which killed 168 people

The somber Oklahoma City National Memorial is located downtown on the former site of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, which was destroyed in the April 15, 1995 bombing which killed 168 people

The Field of Empty Chairs are hand-crafted from glass, bronze, and stone representing those who lost their lives, with a name etched in the glass base of each; in the background is the 50-story Devon Tower, easily the tallest building in the state

The Field of Empty Chairs are hand-crafted from glass, bronze, and stone representing those who lost their lives, with a name etched in the glass base of each; in the background is the 50-story Devon Tower, easily the tallest building in the state

The Gates of Time bracket the reflecting pool at the OKC National Memorial; an almost entirely unmasked crowd kept me from spending any time inside the adjacent museum

The Gates of Time bracket the reflecting pool at the OKC National Memorial; an almost entirely unmasked crowd kept me from spending any time inside the adjacent museum

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