The Figge Art Museum has amassed several different collections from the 80 years of the Davenport Museum of Art.
A gift of 334 paintings from Charles August Ficke to the city of Davenport formed the first Davenport Municipal Art Gallery, established in 1925.
The American collection includes works from the Colonial period through 1945, including 19th century landscapes from Hudson River School artists Asher Durand, John Kensett, Albert Bierstadt and others. The collection was supplanted by "In the Wheatfield" by Winslow Homer and "In Gentle Slumber" by George Eastman.
The Midwest regionalist collection includes Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton and John Steuart Curry, among other artists from the 1930s and '40s, with a separate wing for the paintings of Iowa native Wood, including a self-portrait.
The Mexican Colonial collection shows the paintings of New Spain in the 17th and 18th centuries, many of which came from the original Ficke collection.
The Haitian collection shows the traditions of the island nation since the 1940s. The Davenport Museum of Art established one of the first Haitian collections in the country, thanks to longtime museum patron, Dr. Walter Neiswanger.
Information from www.figgeartmuseum.com