Posts Tagged ‘Metropolitan Museum of Art’

Here are more works by David Hockney that we saw at the exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City this week.

It was an interesting exhibit as we saw the way his art transformed over the years.

And you can see the scope of some of the work.  It was an interesting exhibit.

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While in NYC this week we went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and caught a special exhibit of David Hockney’s work and it was interesting to see the transformation over the years.

More to come tomorrow.

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Sargent-with-Madame-xA very interesting article on how Madame X by John Singer Sargent came to be at the Metropolitan Museum of Art one  hundred years ago.

It also points out the “scandal” surrounding the painting.  Amazing!  Click here to read the article and see other amazing photos of Madame X-the final painting and the original.


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Gustav Klimt Mada Primavesi

Gustav Klimt
Mada Primavesi

Gustav Klimt is an artist that we don’t see often enough.  You may recognize his style.  His most famous painting “The Kiss” is one that many people know.  This painting is one I saw at the Met recently.  It is Mada  Primavesi, painted in 1912.  She was the daughter of a banker and industrialist and the actress Eugenia Primavesi whom he painted in 1913.  Click here to read more.

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Woman in Blue against Blue Water Edvard Munch

Woman in Blue against Blue Water
Edvard Munch

We have all seen “The Scream” by Edvard Munch, the Norwegian artist (you can see a post I did earlier about its record sale here)  but I’ll bet you aren’t as familiar with these paintings that he did.  I saw them recently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  The Woman in Blue against Blue Water is an oil on canvas painted in 1891.


Cypress in Moonlight Edvard Munch

Cypress in Moonlight
Edvard Munch

Cypress in Moonlight is also an oil on canvas. This one didn’t have a date and while I searched to find more I didn’t find anything because both of these pieces are part of “Private Collections”, meaning they are on loan to the museum but owned by a private party.

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Magnolia Vase Tiffany & Co., ca. 1893 Metropolitan Museum of Art

Magnolia Vase
Tiffany & Co., ca. 1893
Metropolitan Museum of Art

I finally took a little time to edit some of the photos that I took on my recent visit to the Met in New York City so that I can share some of the wonderful things that I saw.  One thing I enjoy is just wandering from gallery to gallery in large museums and seeing what appears.  While doing just that I came across this marvelous Tiffany Vase on display.  It was designed by John T. Curran (1859-1933) in New York City in 1893.  And it made of silver, gold, enamel and opals.  Here’s what the description card said:  The Magnolia Vase was the centerpiece of Tiffany & Co.’s display at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago – a display Godey’s Magazine described as “the greatest exhibit in point of artistic beauty and intrinsic value, that any individual firm has ever shown.”  The design of the vase was a self-conscious expression of national pride.  The vegetal ornament refers to various regions of the United States: pinecones and needles symbolize the North and East; magnolias, the South and West; the cacti, the Southwest.  Representing the country as a whole is the ubiquitous goldenrod, fashioned from gold mined in the United States.  The work was heralded by the editor of the New York Sun as “one of the most remarkable specimens of the silversmith…art that has ever been produced anywhere.”  You can read more about the vase here.

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Little Dancer - Edgar Degas

Little Dancer – Edgar Degas

Over the years I have posted many times about Edgar Degas and his dancers.   The Little Fourteen Year Old Dancer that he sculpted in 1880 is just beautiful.  Degas exhibited the original version of this sculpture at the 6th Impressionist exhibit in 1881.  The wax original was tinted to simulate flesh, clothed in a fabric bodice, tutu, and ballet slippers and topped with a horsehair wig tied behind with a silk ribbon.  Can you imagine seeing that???!!!  Did you know that this sculpture was not cast in bronze until after Degas died.  His family had it done and 69 sculptures survived the bronzing process.  (You can read and see more about it here and at the link at the end of this post.)


Degas Dancer from the back

Degas Dancer from the back

The wonderful thing about seeing the sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art recently is that they have it displayed right in the middle of a gallery where you can walk all the way around it.  Wonderful! And there are many Degas Dancer paintings hanging in the gallery with it.  A dancer would be in heaven!

There is much known and written about Degas and his dancers.  Check it out here.

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Hopper Table for Ladies Image There is so much to see at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, as I have been sharing over the last few days, that it’s hard to know where to look.  I narrowed down my time there to some galleries I have never had a chance to visit.  One was the “Modern Art” galleries.

I found two Edward Hopper paintings there that were interesting in that they showed the range of his subject matter.  The first is called “Tables for Ladies, painted in 1930, oil on canvas.  It is a good example of the observations he made of everyday life. 

Hopper Small Office ImageThe second one is “Office in a Small City”  painted in 1953, oil on canvas.  He often painted solitary figures that seemed emotionally detached from other people or their surroundings.  This is a good example.  You can learn more about Hopper by clicking here.

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CAM00618There is so much to see at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York that I didn’t have any problem gathering loads of photos and information to share on my blog.  I mentioned a few months ago that I have a desire to learn to sculpt so I was so happy to see this special exhibit that the Met had of Sleeping Eros, a bronze statue of Greek origin from the Hellenistic period dating to the 3rd-2nd Century B.C.  It is said to be from Rhodes.  It is amazing that it has survived in such good shape.  You can see the wonderful detail in the work.  Read more about this exhibit here.

I still plan to show my favorite from the Fashion exhibit but it will be tomorrow.  🙂CAM00621

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IFM_bannerI spent a lovely day yesterday in New York City at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  I went on a bus trip with a nice group of people who went as a fundraiser for a Relay for Life team and I was told we raised over $500 for them.  Yeah! 

I went specifically to see the exhibit- Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity.  And it was well worth the trip.  There were over 80 major paintings of figures clothed in lovely period clothing with actual fashions from the time being shown with the art.  It was fabulous!  You can read more about it here on the Mets website.

Purple Dress 2 Purple DressThis painting, “In the Conservatory (Madame Bartholome) by Albert Bartholome shows his wife entering a door.  Displayed by the painting was the actual dress she wore in the painting.  It was fascinating to see.

If you have an opportunity to get to New York before the show closes on May 22nd be sure to stop into the Metropolitan and enjoy this wonderful exhibit. 

Tomorrow I will share my FAVORITE!

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