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The Stories Behind the Main Library Art Inspirations

From the What is a Masterpiece? Collection at the Dayton Art Institute


 Waterlilies, Claude Monet (1840-1926), French, 1903, Oil on Canvas

This depiction of water might seem tranquil, but the changes in culture and technology that led to its creation were radical. The advent of trains and portable paint tubes allowed artists to paint outside, or en plein air, as never before. Monet's famous series explores the patterns of light on the surface of water.

See the piece and learn more by clicking here or visit Gallery 212 at the DAI.




Mummy Mask, Chimu, North Coast, Peru , Gold

This mask, made by the Sicán people of ancient Peru, is exceptionally complete, being comprised of 35 separate pieces. Fractional patterning highlights the way in which small parts make up a whole; this principle, evident in the composition of the mask, is a primary aesthetic value expressed in the new design of Main Library.

See the piece and learn more by clicking here or visit Gallery 102 at the DAI.


1999 23-animate

Four Decades
, Nam June Paik, (1932-2006), American, born Korean

Nam June Paik used technology to execute his art as an idea. Four Decades questions the public's reliance on media to entertain and inform our thoughts. The artist's work is evocative of our immersion in information, and speaks to how we mix new and old technology.

See the piece and learn more by clicking here or visit the Upper Level of the Rotunda at the DAI.

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