Portland art museum

Portland art museum

Wow, was this an adventure.  It’s quite a maze of buildings and wings and floors with no visual map to figure out the layout.  We got through just part of the main building in 2 hours.  While I enjoyed some of the Asian works of art, I primarily enjoyed the California Impressionism collection of paintings (natural landscapes) and the Native American collection-particularly the carvings and masks from the Northwest-Haida and Maki tribes.

We enjoyed the Asian artwork, furniture, and ceramics-Korea, Japan, and China.  There was a wing on finds from “funerary art” with this beautiful dish below.  Click this link on information about the “money tree.”

chinese dish

There was also an interesting collection of snuff bottles.

snuff bottles

There was the most amazing Ossip Zadkine, quartz human face that I would love to personally have. 🙂


California Impressionism on loan from the Irvine museum.

These were my favorites.  They remind me a lot of the Canadian “group of 7” and Emily Carr from British Columbia.

William Wendt, When fields lie fallow (note: it’s the Laguna Beach area)

Check out this blog post from a person involved in getting this exhibition to Portland to see this painting.

Paul Lauritz, Mountain silence, 1922

Click on this link for the California Art Club and an image of the above painting (Paul Lauritz is the current president :-))

Click on this link for more information on California Impressionism and William Wendt and Paul Lauritz.

Helen Forbes, Furnace creek wash

George Gardner Symons, Southern California coast (note: it’s the Laguna Beach area)

Click on this link for a blog post on the history of the Laguna Beach Art Association with timelines about William Wendt and George Gardner Symons.

The website askart.com has information and a few of the paintings of all 5 of these artists.

Native American art collection-Northwest tribes such as Haida and Makah as well as other regions.  The Lattimer Gallery in Vancouver, British Columbia has some of the most beautiful silver Haida jewelry and other pieces of art.

There were 2 anthropomorphic figures from the  Columbia River that were made out of basalt that I liked.  One of them is called “stone figure” 1000-1500 AD.  Click this link for a photo of it along with information on the “People of the River: Native Arts of the Oregon Territory” exhibit returning to the Portland Art Museum in 2005.

Mask-central Mexico, Mixtec-Aztec empire-there used to be pieces of turquoise all over it that you can see if you’re close up.  You can see a similar Mixtec mask with turquoise at this link for the British Museum.  There was a very interesting Mayan jaguar half mask that didn’t photograph well.


“Dance horse” in the sculpture garden outside of the museum


At the end we stopped at the gift shop to peruse their wide selection of interesting items from jewelry to scarves to pottery to books.  I got really lucky to find a Japanese shibori style scarf by Asian Eye (it’s referred to as bandhani in India) tucked away among some items in a display.



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