Fort Worth : Cowtown or Culture capital?

Fort worth is known for its share of Saloons, Stockyards, Rodeo and cowboy boot stores but what most of us, or at least I didn’t know is that the amazing culture it has from Jazz to Opera to Art!  Fort Worth is called Cowtown because of Fort Worth’s location on the Old Chisholm Trail helped establish Fort Worth as a cattle trade center and earned it the nickname “Cowtown.”  But todays Fort worth is a tree lined boulevard paved with manicured grounds, home to the The Modern, Kimbell Art museum, Fort Worth Opera, Casa Manana and  the Sundance square area  is alive with charming shops and restaurants.

So as always we set out after one D’s baseball tournaments to explore.  Our main stops were the museums – Kimbell Art Museum was having a Special Exhibition – Botticelli to Braque the 55 painting in the exhibition span a period of 1490-1932 and include some of the greatest holdings of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Scottish National Portrait gallery and Scottish National Gallery in Edinburg.  We didn’t make it to the galleries while visiting Scotland last Summer, so I was excited to see these masterpieces that are visiting us close to home.


The artist included in the collection are from modern art masters of Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Paul Gaugin, Paul Cezanne to the old world masters of Rembrandt van Rijn, Diego Velazquez along with Scottish painters Sir Henry Raeburn and Allan Ramsay.

The exhibition was housed in the Renzo Piano Pavilion while the permanent collection is housed in the Louis Kahn building.  we stopped at the Botticelli to Braque exhibition first and then at the permanent collection.  Photographing the exhibit was not allowed but we bought a book from the museum store that has all the postcards of the painting, will share a couple with you.



Venus Rising from the Sea – Titian

Three Tahitians – Paul Gauguin


After the exhibition we walked over to the Louis Kahn building. We spent more time at the North Gallery portion of the permanent collection which houses the European art after 1800 which I enjoy more.


Girls On a Pier – Edward Munch


Picasso’s Venus Rising


New Syndenham Hill – Camille Pissarro


Self Portrait – Paul Gaugnin


Picasso’s Man with a pipe


Asia – Henri Matisse


Paul Cezanne – Man in Blue Smock


Paul Cezanne – Maison Maria with a view of the chateau Noir


Claude Monet – La pointe de la Heve at Low tide


Claude Monet – Weeping Willow


Van Gogh


The Allen brothers – Raeburn Henry


Girl with a cross – Henri Matisse


Piet Mondrian – Abstraction


Piet Mondrian – Composition from the Blue Period

We made quick stop at the South gallery’s European art after 1800 to see the highlights which on this day was Michelangelo’s First painting ‘The Torment of Saint Anthony’ which he supposedly painted when he was 12 or 13.




Giovanni Bellini’s Madonna and Child


The raising of the Lazarans


Caravaggio (Michelangelo Mesrisi)’s The Cardsharps

You can find the complete list of Kimbell’s permanent collection here. 

Botticelli to Braque is in Kimbell from June 28th to September 20th and free on July 18th, 2015 for the Scotland Kimbellfest event!!

As always, it is a whole different experience seeing an artwork in person, from the brush strokes to the shine to the lack of brush strokes.  Seeing the painting from different perspectives.. how the painting draws your eye.. tugs at your heart is a personal experience.  Seeing it online is like seeing a trailer or a preview.  Hope you get to go see the Botticelli to Braque collection in person at Kimbell, or on its next stop or in Scotland!

Until Next time, Love…

1 thought on “Fort Worth : Cowtown or Culture capital?”

  1. Priya – My MIL is in town from Australia. We’re going to hit Ft Worth. I do love the art there (and the science center too — great for little kids)

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