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Stories in Art


There are stories behind every picture you see in the Tweed Museum of Art. Some paintings are full of clues from the artist to help us understand them. Sometimes artists tell their stories in unusual ways.

The following stories take place in Egypt, in an artist's studio, in a garden, on Lake Superior, in the woods, in New Mexico, and even in a dream! What's going on in these works of art? What do YOU see? More...

Denys Calvaert (Attributed)
(Flemish, ca. 1510–1619)
Flight into Egypt
ca. 1580
oil on copper, 17" x 13 3/8"
Peter Baumgartner
(German, 1834–1911)
The Auction Sale
oil on canvas, 48 7/8" x 62"
Gift of Alice Tweed Tuohy
Luther Emerson Van Gorder
(American, 1861–1931)
Japanese Lanterns
oil on canvas, 28 1/4" x 22 1/2"
Gift of Mr. Howard W. Lyon
David Axel Ericson
(American, 1869–1946)
Morning of Life
oil on canvas, 27" x 22 1/4"
Gift of Mrs. E. L. Tuohy
Pablo Ruiz Picasso
(Spanish, 1881–1973)
Le Chef-d’oeuvre inconnu
(The Unknown Masterpiece)
thirteen etchings on Van Gelder wove paper, average plate size 7 7/8" x 11"
Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth
Purchased with funds gifted by John T. Brickson and Alice B. O’Connor
Thomas Hart Benton
(American, 1889–1975)
Prodigal Son
lithograph on paper, ed. 250, 10" x 13 1/4"
Gift of Jonathan Sax
Arnold Friberg
(American, b. 1913)
Mounted Policeman and Guide in Canoe
oil on canvas, 33" x 26"
Gift of Potlatch Corporation
Amy Cordova
(American, b. 1953)
The Inheritance
acrylic and oil pastel on paper, 40 x 64”
Alice Tweed Tuohy Foundation Purchase


Roy Thomas
(Canadian, Ahnisnawbe, b.1949)
Painting Tomorrow’s Dream
acrylic on canvas, 48" x 36"
Gift of Sivertson Gallery, Duluth
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