Here I am, finally, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where I returned a couple of days ago with a friend for just one day, because I wanted to finally see the Matisse exhibit, the one that I missed a month ago due to the big blizzard that send us home early. Well this time I saw and loved the Matisse exhibit, and also saw another special exhibit that totally blew me away (which I will tell you about later in this post), but unfortunately they wouldn't allow photos in the special exhibitions, and at $50 for one exhibition book and $40 for the other, and a hefty weight and size for a day traveler trying to travel light, I didn't buy and bring home the books, and most of the postcards from the shows were not of the images that I wanted. But anyhow, I still have a lot to show you, and tell you about. But if you are in a hurry, scroll to the end of the post, about that special exhibit.
Meanwhile, while I've said it many times before, and probably will again, one more time won't hurt: the Met is simply an astounding museum, unmatched by any other art museum I have been to. Huge, extensive, impressive, and awe-inspiring, and impossible to get through in one day. But we did what we could, and I will show you a sample of what we saw as we explored the museum. We spent a bit of time in the galleries for 19th/early 20th century European art, though we didn't get through it all (how did I miss the Picasso rooms?!). Many of these images that follow are from those galleries, but not all.
|Painting a Vermeer copy!|
|digitally altered image, sorry it's sideways!|
|Me in Jackson Pollock camouflage|
|David Hockney - I love this painting!|
|Sideways or not, just lovely. There's an extensive and fabulous collection of sculpture at the Met.|
|sideways me and painting by Chuck Close|
|by Vuilliard, one of my favorite impressionists|
|and another Vuilliard|
|and another - do you see the leg and eyeball that I see?|
|by Stuart Davis|
I'd like this shelf above in my studio (if I HAD a studio ha ha!)
|necklace w/opal, my birthstone. LOVE!|
And below, views from the train ride to NYC, as we breezed along the Hudson River. Views 2 and 3 are what is known as "The Palisades".
The second painting by James Tissot, who, I swear, I had never heard of before, but who was prominently featured in this exhibition. I was in love with basically every one of his paintings in the show. Wonderful, just wonderful.
But the biggest surprise of the of the show was Monet, the same Monet we all know from waterlilies, Japanese bridges, cathedrals, and gardens. These magnificent paintings of women, especially his wife Camille, in lovely dresses, were unlike anything I'd ever seen by Monet, absolutely spectacular, and showing a talent and skill that just blew us away. A pair of paintings on one wall were sections from a massive painting. One of them was so large it must have been painted from a scaffolding. The last painting in this post is a Monet, of his wife Camille. It was the first painting in the exhibit, and the one featured on the exhibit signage, and the satin of her dress looked so real. Other paintings showed sheer fabrics that you could see through, and textures that it seemed you could touch. And the colors. Oh, I was in awe!
|In the Conservatory by Albert Bartholome|
|July: Specimen of a Portrait by James Tissot|
|Camille by Claude Monet|