Kimball Art Museum, Fort Worth

What Fort Worth’s Kimball Art Museum lacks in quantity it certainly provides in quality. Established in 1936 by Kay and Velma Kimball, The Kimball Art Foundation owns and operates this museum and by the time Mr. Kay Kimball died in 1964 the collections had amassed to 260 paintings and 86 other pieces of artwork. Today, the Kimball’s collection includes about 350 works, embracing ancient, modern, aesthetic beauty, spanning the globe including European masterpieces by Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Cézanne and Matisse. As well as free entry to the permanent collection, the Kimball has a busy program including visiting exhibitions, symposia, lectures, gallery talks, films and a book discussion group.

But it is not just Fine Art that attracts attention at the Kimball, the original building that opened in 1972, designed by American architect Louis I. Kahn is regarded an outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era with its use of materials, innovative lighting and free flowing spaces. Since then, the Piano Pavilion, the work of architect Renzo Piano was added in 2010 and perfectly complements the Kahn building in height, materials and use of natural light.

The Torment of St. Anthony
The first known painting of Michelangelo and believed to have been painted when he was 12 or 13 years old

Country Road by a House
A 17th Century landscape by Goffredo Wall, an early example without historical religious or literary content

The Cheat with the Ace of Clubs
Georges de la Tour's c.1630's masterpiece depicting the danger of indulgence in wine, women and gambling

Girls on the Pier
Edvard Munch, 1904

On the Pont de l'Europe
Caillebotte, 1876-7


Mid-afternoon, peckish and though there were museum dining facilities it seemed more fun to wander through nearby streets to find lunch. By this time most restaurants had reached capacity which was a shame as this meant bypassing live Country music, singing and more than one Stetson brandishing diner but we did manage to squeeze a table at The Social House. 3.30pm and the Brunch menu still ran aside the unpretentious regular menu listing an assortment of Tex Mex, pizza, burgers, salads and Specials but couldn’t resist the Steak Benedict with a decadent glass or two of chilled white and though what arrived was slightly more than anticipated, it was totally delicious…

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The Social House Fort Worth