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I spent yesterday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was so strange as many times I was the only on in the galleries…but it was wonderful because I got to linger and really study each painting. I will try to share some in the next few days and I hope you can see the close up of the brush work of these amazing painters. The one here, by Claude Monet, is a great example of brushwork and texture. Be sure to try to enlarge the photos and take a look. AMAZING!

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Diamond Shoal, 1905, Winslow Homer (1836-1910)

An email from a cousin got me to looking at what is happening in Philadelphia in early April.  I was delighted when I ran across an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art featuring American Watercolors.  Take a look here.  Looks like a field trip is needed.


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Paul Cezanne Fields at Bellevue, oil, 1892-95

Paul Cezanne
Fields at Bellevue,
oil, 1892-95

Paul Cezanne Self  Portrait 1878-80

Paul Cezanne
Self Portrait

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906), a French Post-impressionist, whose work is said to have laid the foundation between 19th Century impressionism and 20th century Cubism.  His small brushstrokes and use of color showed his concentrated study of subject matter.  The Phillips has many examples of Cezanne’s work and you can see his progression of his style over the years.

I’ve enjoyed seeing Cezanne’s work several other museums including The Philadelphia Museum of Art (read about it here)  and the National Gallery of Art in DC where they have one of my favorite Cezanne’s, The Artist’s Father.  (Check it out here.)

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The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

Have you ever wondered just “What is a museum”?  Museum gets its name from the Greek word mouseion, meaning “seat of the Muses”.  The began as places to discuss math, philosophy, science and politics.  In the 17th century museums developed into fancy houses devoted to collecting and categorizing curiosities that belonged to noblemen.    Today many museums are free or cost little to enter.

They are more than just a huge places that hold artifacts, or in the case of the ones I prefer, art.  They also provide classes, workshops, guided tours, interactive exhibits and gift shops. 

MFA Front Entrance

Museum of Fine Art, Boston


SAMSUNGI have been lucky to get to see many wonderful museums over the years in several countries and I still take every opportunity to go to one today when I can whether I have been to it before or not.  I see something different every time.  Here are a few posts from one of my favorite museums – the National Gallery of Art.  Click here and here for more.  So on my list of things each day that I am grateful for one toward the top is that I get to enjoy so much beauty at these wonderful places.  Make sure you go enjoy them too!

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Last week I took some ladies to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see the current exhibit, Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse:  Visions of Arcadia.   You can read more about it here.  The popular theme of “Arcadia” was interesting to see in the many forms of what the artists saw as contentment.  All so very different.

This photo, from the catalog of the show, features comparisons of different artist’s versions of the same subject matter.  In this instance, The Three Graces.

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I love Philadelphia.  I am just back from a quick trip there with some lovely ladies.  We did a tour of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sunday and then saw the Barnes Collection on Monday.  I have so much to say about the Barnes that I will do that in another post very soon.

But Philly, now there’s a city!  If you haven’t been you must make the effort to go.  So much to see and do. 

Not your typical tourist attraction is the Reading Terminal Market.  See more here.

Aisles of wonderful fresh foods, flowers, and vendors with all types of foods, baked goods, etc.  It’s fun stop.  I couldn’t resist the photo of the flowers.  Maybe an upcoming painting.

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At the Moulin Rouge:  The Dance, painted in 1890 in oil on canvas by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French 1864-1901), is an amazing painting that I saw recently at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The artist wrote in pencil on the back of the canvas identifying the subject as Valentin le Desossee, a well-known cabaret performer shown rehearsing a new dancer at the Moulin Rouge nightclub in Paris.  After the painting was exhibited it was acquired by the owners of the Moulin Rouge where it hung over the bar for several years.  You can learn more by dialing 267-519-5646 and use #390. 

 I saw a couple of other of his paintings there including:

Carriage, 1881, oil on wood. 








And of course, one of my favorites by Toulouse-Lautrec at the PMA is  Follette, 1890, oil on cardboard.  It reminded me of another painting that I love of his that I saw at the National Gallery.  You can see it here.

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Gustave Courbet, French 1819-1877, painted the “Still Life with Apples and a Pear” in 1871 with oil on canvas.



Paul Cezanne, French, 1839-1906, painted his version of Still Life with Apples and a Glass of Wine” in 1877.   It is also an oil on canvas.




Another Cezanne that we saw while at the Philadelphia Museum was this “Still Life with Flowers in an Olive Jar” that he painted in 1880.


Cezanne painted a variety of subjects from fruit to flowers to people.






And you can see that he worked in a variety of styles.  The Large Bathers, painted in 1906, just before he died, is a large oil on canvas painting.  You can hear more about it by dialing into the PMA cell phone program at 267-519-5646 and this painting is number 932.

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Over the next few days I want to share with you some of the wonderful art that I saw at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) this week.  Today it’s Edgar Degas that I feature.  A French painter and sculptor, he was born in 1834 and died in 1917. 

He is famous for his dancers and especially the “Little Dancer” sculpture that he did.  But did you know that the original piece, made of wax, stood in his studio for  forty years.  After he died his heirs decided to make bronze casts of it. They are completely bronze apart from the dancer’s gauze tutu and silk ribbon. There were less than thirty copies made  and many of them can now be seen in some of the world’s most best museums including Philadelphia and the National Gallery in Washington DC.

And continuing the ballet/dancer theme, this painting “The Ballet Class”, he painted in oil on canvas in 1880.  The information provided by the painting said, “Degas spent a great deal of time in the corridors and rehearsal rooms of the Opera, where he would have seen mothers like this one managing their young daughters’ careers.”

And another really interesting thing that I discovered at the PMA is their cell phone tour program.  You can dial this number, 267-519-5646 and punch in a number that relates to a particular painting, this one is #364, and hear more about the painting.  How cool is that?  Go ahead, give it a try.

How cool is that???!!!!

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The Van Gogh exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art was amazing.  Sadly, they did not allow photography in the exhibit but there were other opportunities to capture Van Gogh images like these two display banners announcing the exhibit.

There were loads of people there to see the exhibit.  We got in during the first time slot so it wasn’t too bad.  Check out more about it here

After we visited Van Gogh we spent some time in the Impressionists galleries and the modern art gallery of the museum.  I took loads of photos that I will share with you over the next few days. 

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