Must CMA

The Cleveland Museum of Art creates transformative experiences through art, “for the benefit of all the people forever.” See what makes the CMA one of the top art museums in the nation with these iconic works of art.

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Water Lilies (Agapanthus), c. 1915-1926, Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926). The Cleveland Museum of Art 1960.81.

Water Lilies (Agapanthus)
c. 1915-1926, Claude Monet

Monet spent the last thirty years of his life painting the lily pond at his home in Giverny, France. Monet’s water lilies paintings are a product of the artist’s fascination of the water’s shimmering surface and reflections.

Totem 01/01/18 (Baga-Batcham-Alunga-Kota, Hervé Youmbi (Cameroon). The Cleveland Museum of Art 2018.5.

Totem 01/01/18
Hervé Youmbi (Cameroon)

In assembling numerous masks into one towering contemporary sculpture, Youmbi brings together five African countries. By doing so, art historical practices that organize African objects according to ethnic, cultural or regional styles are challenged.

Marilyn x 100
Andy Warhol, 1962

The image of Marilyn Monroe in Marilyn x 100 is appropriated from a publicity still for the 1953 film Niagara. By borrowing recognizable imagery from the consumer marketplace, Warhol incisively questioned the meaning of culture, whether high or low.

The Thinker
August Rodin, 1880

One of Rodin’s most famous works, The Thinker was part of a commission to represent Dante’s epic 1321 poem, The Divine Comedy. Ours is one of only ten Rodin-supervised casts.

Statuette of a Woman: “The Stargazer”, c. 3000 BC, Early Bronze Age, Western Anatolia?, 3rd Millennium BC. The Cleveland Museum of Art 1993.165.

Statuette of a Woman: “The Stargazer”
c. 3000 B.C., Early Bronze Age

One of the oldest sculptures of the human figure in the museum, the Stargazer looks to the stars above to powerful divine forces. One of just 30 such figures known, her completed form makes her exceptionally rare.

Stag at Sharkey’s
George Bellows, 1909

Depicting a fight at Sharkey’s Athletic Club, Bellows captured the force and energy of the struggle by blurring the scene’s details with rapid brushwork. Whenever a non-club member competed, he was given temporary membership and known as a “stag.”

Masterworks of Asian Art

c. 1000s, South India, Tamil Nadu

This elegant and dynamic figure embodies the Indian conception of the never-ending cycle of time as well as Shiva’s roles as creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe.

Tomb Guardians
Early 700s, China

With their fierce expressions and exaggerated physical features, these two fantastic guardian creatures were intended to protect the entrance to a tomb, warding off evil as well as keeping the soul of the deceased from wandering.