Last week, we squeeked our way into "Japanesque: The Japanese Print in the Age of Impressionism", in its final week at the Legion of Honor. No photographs were allowed in the exhibit, but let me assure you - it was stunning. Partly because the exhibit was so wonderful, and partly because I have bad habit of purchasing beautiful coffee table books, I picked up this gorgeous girl at the bookshop. It has a temporary home on our dining table where the kids and I have been reviewing it and discussing our visit.
The cover is one of 36 Views of the Eiffel Tower (1902) by French artist, Henri Rivière - his modernised take on the 36 Views of Mnt. Fuji. I fell in love with these lithographs, picked up a postcard of one, and did more research on his art once I returned home. I am now Rivière's newest and biggest fan.
Another artist I really enjoyed was American painter Helen Hyde.
Walking through the exhibit, I scrambled to keep the four-year old interested. "What do you see?", "Can you tell Mommy why you like that one?". Then I came to the above painting, one of the last ones in the exhibit, and I asked Little Miss, "Hey, does that look like any mountains we know?" "Ya, Mama, Mnt. Fuji!" (Not quite, but at least she had been paying attention!) I told her I thought it looked like Mnt. Tam, or the view from our kitchen. Turns out, it was! Late Afternoon (1926) by Katharin Van Dyke Harker.
Upstairs, viewing the permanent collection. We love, LOVE furniture!
Art for homesteaders.
"Teach me, Gamma!"
This large and dramatic painting really stirred me. It's a scene of a nursing mother mourning the loss of her husband on the battlefield. Can you imagine? What the heck are we all complaining about?! "I have to try on a million pairs of designer jeans just to find one that fits", "I hate unloading the (Miele) dishwasher!", "Ugh - the baby's wipes warmer just died - again!!"
On a much lighter note (wink wink) -- I love anything *chickens*
And I love my city!