Thursday, July 29, 2010 C

I collapsed somewhat earlier than I thought I would!

I did find all the Impressionists. "Sunday Afternoon" is not quite as big as I'd remembered it, but it's quite large:

A Sunday on La Grande Jatte -- 1884, 1884-86
Georges Seurat, French, 1859-1891
Oil on canvas, 81 3/4 x 121 1/4 in. (207.5 x 308.1 cm)
Inscribed at lower right: Seurat
Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection, 1926.224

Seurat was working from a 'scientific' theory of light and color, and he used little dots and dashes of pure color that would blend when viewed from a distance. Looking very close, one can see these dots.

The other Impressionists hated it, and "Monet and Renoir refused to exhibit with Seurat," (From Monet to Van Gogh: A History of Impressionism, course book for the Teaching Company's lectures by Richard Brettell). In contrast, Caillebotte's efforts were not so experimental, for according to Brettell, critics of the day considered his artwork so conventional as to be 'academic':

Paris Street; Rainy Day, 1877
Gustave Caillebotte, French, 1848-1894
Oil on canvas, 83 1/2 x 108 3/4in. (212.2 x 276.2 cm)
Inscribed at lower left: G. Caillebotte. 1877
Charles H. and Mary F. S. Worcester Collection, 1964.336
Large size under this link!

There is a Gauguin I love, a young woman in a demure blue and what striped dress holding a fan, against a background of almost hieroglyphs and figures of her ancestors:

The Ancestors of Tehamana OR Tehamana Has Many Parents (Merahi metua no Tehamana), 1893
Paul Gauguin, French, 1848-1903
Oil on canvas, 30 1/16 x 21 3/8 in. (76.3 x 54.3 cm)
Signed lower center: P. Gauguin. / 93
Inscribed lower left: MERAHI METUA NO / TEHAMANA
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Deering McCormick, 1980.613

The Renoirs are gorgeous, every one, but I especially remember a serene and elegant lady:

Madame Léon Clapisson, 1883
Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French, 1841-1919
Oil on canvas, 32 5/8 x 25 5/8 in. (81.8 x 65.2 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection, 1933.1174

I did find Calder's "Flying Dragon" looking rather earthbound, being nestled within exuberant garden growth. After a visit to the Museum shop and purchase of postcards and a cool 'shiny thing', I headed homeward. Now I have time for a much needed nap! But first, I will call Julia...

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