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Baltimore’s Best-Kept-Secret Museum Has Some New Art to Show You

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This painting by Louis Comfort Tiffany is one of many new gifts to the Evergreen Museum on display now.
This painting by Louis Comfort Tiffany is one of many new gifts to the Evergreen Museum on display now.

I remember the first time I went to the Evergreen Museum, a Johns Hopkins-owned house/art museum in North Baltimore. As I wandered around the rooms, admiring the furniture, I noticed a striking, small painting in the corner.  “That?” the tour guide said. “It’s a Picasso.”

Baltimore has such grandly impressive art museums that it’s easy to forget about the Evergreen, but that’s a mistake: the house/museum’s period rooms also include some of the most exciting post-Impressionist art on view in Baltimore, including paintings by Modigliani, Degas, and, yes, Picasso. And the art hasn’t stopped coming in, either — in recent years, the museum has acquired or been gifted paintings, sculptures, and design objects, many of which haven’t been on display before.

For a Crazy Lady, She Sure Made Some Nice Art

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Zelda Fitzgerald is best known as the crazy lady who married F. Scott (Hemingway:  “Anytime you got him all straightened out and taking his work seriously Zelda would get jealous and knock him out of it.”) She and Scott settled in Baltimore in the 1930s, where she went nuts and he drank too much. For Zelda, Baltimore was “a place of tortured years, unfulfilled ambitions and mental disasters,” or so goes the usual, melodramatic account.

It probably was a pretty awful time, but some nice art came out of it, and now’s our chance to see a few of Zelda’s original watercolors, paintings, and first editions of her novel, Save Me the Waltz. The exhibit was curated by Laura Maria Somenzi, a Hopkins junior, who says that the work shows “Zelda Fitzgerald’s coming into an artistic independence and an artistic language that is distinctly hers, and also as a way to claim an identity separate from her celebrity husband.”

The work is up at the Evergreen Museum through January 29, but it’s available for viewing by reservation only. Reservations are requested by emailing [email protected] or calling 410-516-0341.

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