The first generation of American modernists is well represented. Marsden Hartley’s Indian Fantasy (1914), painted in Berlin just before the outbreak of the First World War, conveys the artist’s intense spiritual longing for a world in balance. Lyonel Feininger’s The Green Bridge II (1916), also painted in Germany, employs a quirky cubist style to animate the memory of a working-class neighborhood.
The isolation and abandonment of the individual—a theme central to modern art—is explored in such diverse works as Andrew Wyeth’s Winter 1946 (1946) and Alberto Giacometti’s attenuated bronze Woman of Venice IX (1956).
The modern collection has benefitted from the generosity of donors. The Jim and Mary Patton Collection, a major gift to the Museum, expanded the NCMA’s holdings of midcentury works by European and American artists, including key works by Hans Hoffman, David Park, Sean Scully, Ellsworth Kelly, Helen Frankenthaler, Adolph Gottlieb, Wayne Thiebaud, and many others.
The West Building houses the Museum’s modern collections, occupying several rooms within an expansive suite of galleries devoted to the art of the 20th and 21st centuries.