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Top 20 works in the collection of the Arkansas Arts Center 

At the end of last year, the Arkansas Times asked the art experts at the Arkansas Arts Center to name the 15 most important works in the Arts Center's collection (which is owned by the Arts Center Foundation). After what Director Todd Herman called "heated exchanges," Herman, curators Brian Lang and Ann Wagner and registrar and Arts Center institution Thom Hall compromised on 20 pieces from a collection that now totals 13,000 works of art. That's five more than we need, but it's a compromise. "Also, we cheated a little bit by naming the John Marin Collection and the Paul Signac Collection as single items," Herman said. Herman, Lang, Wagner and Hall remain friends, despite the exercise.`

Leon August L'Hermitte,  "Portrait of Monsieur Bouvinet on a Garden Path" (c. 1866)

Diego Rivera, "Dos Mujeres (Two Women)" (1914)

Edgar Degas, "Three Nude Dancers" (c. 1903)

Andrew Wyeth,  "Snowflakes" (c. 1966)

Max Beckmann, "Jazz — Kapelle" (1922)

Vincent van Gogh, "Man with a Spade, Resting" (1882)

Jacob Lawrence, "Carpenters Series No. 2"  (1981)

Roy Lichtenstein, "Study for Aviation" (1967)

Richard Diebenkorn, "Untitled, The Ocean Park Series" (1972)

Pietro da Cortona, "Study of a Dioscrouros" (1640)

John Mason, "Vertical Sculpture"  (1963)

Louise Nevelson, "Tide Garden IV" (1964)

Thomas Moran, "The Sentinel — Yosemite Valley" (c. 1872)

Georgia O'Keeffe, "From Pink Shell" (1931)

Egon Schiele, "Kneeling Nude" (1914)

Not pictured:

Il Guercino, "Study for the Figure of Ahasuerus" (1637)

John Marin collection

Charles Burchfield, "Black Iron" (1935)

Jackson Pollock,  "Untitled" (1939-40)

Paul Signac collection

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