Highlights from Memphis Brooks Museum of Art's Permanent Collection

The over 9,000 objects in the collection span the globe and cross millennia. Paintings and sculpture form the core of the collection and represent the development of Western European and American Art from the 14th century to the present.

The print collection is particularly strong in 20th-century American works, with holding by European artists such as Rembrandt, Goya, and English satirical works. The artists’ book collection is a particular strength and contains some hallmarks in the art of contemporary bookmaking such as 1¢ Life by Walasse Ting and the Pulitzer prize-winning Portraits in a Convex Mirror by John Ashbery. The collection of drawings and watercolors is primarily 19th- and 20th-century American. The majority of the photography collection is also 20th century and includes large portfolios by regional photographers William Eggleston, William Christenberry, and Ernest Withers. The majority of decorative arts objects in the collection are American or English of the period 1680-1910. Most important is the small but outstanding collection of American furniture dating from 1730-1820. Non-western art is represented by holdings of African and pre-Columbian art.

Thomas Hart Benton
American, 1889 – 1975
Engineer's Dream, 1931
Oil on panel
Eugenia Buxton Whitnel Funds
© T.H. Benton and R.P. Benton Testamentary Trusts/ UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

William-Adolphe Bouguereau
French, 1825 – 1905
Au Pied de la Falaise (At the Foot of the Cliff), 1886
Oil on canvas
Bequest of Morrie A. Moss

Roger Brown
American, 1941 – 1997
Clouds Over Alabama, 1994
Oil on canvas
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art purchase; funds provided by the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation Community Service Award in honor of Kaywin Feldman, with additional support from Mimi Loeb
© School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Brown Family


Canaletto (Giovanni Antonio Canal)
Italian, 1697 – 1768
The Grand Canal from the Campo San Vio, 1730-1735
Oil on canvas
Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation


Carroll Cloar
American (active in Memphis), 1913 – 1993
Where the Southern Cross the Yellow Dog, 1965
Case in tempera on Masonite
Brooks Fine Arts Foundation purchase
© Estate of the artist

Red Grooms
American, b. 1937
Tennessee S Curve, 2001
Enamel on epoxy on Styrofoam
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art purchase; Morrie A. Moss Acquisition Fund
© Red Grooms / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Carl Gutherz
American (b. Switzerland),1844-1907
Light of the Incarnation (Lux Incarnationis), 1888
Oil on canvas
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall F. Goodheart


Winslow Homer
American, 1836 – 1910
Reading by the Brook, 1879
Oil on canvas
Memphis Park Commission purchase


Georgia O'Keeffe
American, 1887 – 1986
Waterfall - No. 1 - Iao Valley - Maui, 1939
Oil on canvas
Gift of Art Today
© Estate of Georgia O'Keeffe/ Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Camille Pissarro
French, 1831 – 1903
La ruelle des Poulies à Pontoise, ca. 1872
Oil on canvas
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Hugo N. Dixon

Girolamo Romanino
Italian (Brescian-Venetian School), ca. 1484 - after 1560
The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine, ca. 1540
Oil on canvas
Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation

Anthony van Dyck
Flemish, 1599 – 1641
Portrait of Queen Henrietta Maria, 1638
Oil on canvas
Memphis Park Commission purchase

James Kerales
American, 1930 - 2002
Freedom March: Selma to Montgomery, ca. 1986
Gelatin silver print
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art purchase with funds provided by Jeniam Foundation and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art Collections Management Committee

Mary Cassatt
American, 1844 – 1926
Under the Horse Chestnut Tree, 1896-1897
Drypoint and aquatint, printed in color from three plates
Anonymous Gift


Bartolomeo Manfredi
Italian, 1582 - ca. 1621
Ecce Homo, ca. 1612
Oil on canvas
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art purchase

Bamileke Peoples
Africa, Cameroon (Grasslands)
Elephant Society Mask, late 19th century
Raffia, canvas embroidered with beads
Gift of the Director's Council


Chakaia Booker
American, b. 1953
Untitled, 2002
Rubber tire and wood
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art purchase; funds provided by Wil and Sally Hergenrader
© Chakaia Booker


Leon Koury
American, 1909-1993
Compress Worker, 1941
Gift of Brooks Art Gallery League
© Estate of the artist


American (b. Paris), b. 1930
The Family, 1969
Mixed media: Wood, plastic, neon, glass
Commissioned for Brooks Memorial Art Gallery through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and matching funds from the Memphis Arts Council, Brooks Fine Arts Foundation and Brooks Art Gallery League
© Marisol


George Segal
American, 1924 – 2000
Woman on Bench, 1997
Plaster, metal, and wood
Gift of The George & Helen Segal Foundation Inc. 100 gifts for 100 years, 1916-2016
© The George and Helen Segal Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, N.Y.