Roland Sabates is an ophthalmologist and passionate collector of American, African and Latin American art. In 2013 he opened Oak Street Mansion, a bed and breakfast which displays part of his collection and doubles as an exhibition space for temporary shows which he curates.
One of the gems of the Nelson-Atkins’ American painting collection is Raphaelle Peale’s Venus Rising from the Sea—A Deception. Often acknowledged as the artist’s most important work, it was a natural choice for inclusion in the exhibit, “Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life,” now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Next to Thomas Hart Benton, George Caleb Bingham is probably the best-known artist of Missouri and the first major American painter to be based west of the Mississippi. He was born in 1811 in Virginia and moved to Boon’s Lick, Mo., as a young boy. Even as a child, Bingham was fascinated by rivers and all the activity on them.