The longer the lockdown, the less I am able to concentrate enough to read. So, I’ve turned to art history videos on Youtube and have watched these great American films:
On the Waterfront, 1954
Lust for Life, 1956
The Agony and the Ecstasy, 1965
Head’s up! This will be a long post. Lots of pictures. The Musee d’Orsay is an incredible museum. Much smaller than the Louvre, it is still a huge collection. Many days are needed to truly see everything. But, I gave it the old college try again in one day recently.
The views out the windows are pretty spectacular.
I am fascinated by how my tastes change over time. When I visit a museum these days, new things I might never have noticed now take center stage for me. Below are pictures of the works that caught my eye this time.
Of course I always love white marble neoclassical sculpture from the 19th century. It’s the stuff I cut my art history teeth with. But this was a new take: I have never seen a neoclassical (or any other period) sculpture that is adorned with actual earrings!
I loved this Annunciation, especially since I see Quattrocento versions in Florence almost daily. I love the French term for the title: La salutation Angelique. Everything sounds better in French.
I can’t remember seeing costumes on display in art museums in the past. I was so happy to see these from the early 20th century. Such a delight!
A French costume version of an American Indian:
I found this sculpture by Dubois very interesting. It feels Quattrocentoesque to me, which I like, but the main thing I like about it is the silvery finish.
Hello Whistler! How’s your mom? Nice to see a fellow American here!
Two current exhibitions celebrate this American master.
A worker hangs from Thomas Jefferson’s eye during the carving of Mount Rushmore, 1936.
Watercolors by one of America’s finest painters.