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Title: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: andyg0404 on March 24, 2018, 05:28:28 PM
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

I might as well start out again on the weather theme. This week we had our fourth Nor’easter or as the newspaper scribes dubbed it the Four’easter. This time, like the one in the middle, we got another accumulation of snow here although it started to melt the next day. So from my point of view my area batted fifty percent; four storms, two with snow and two without. As it now finally is Spring I’m really hoping that this was the last snowstorm for the season. Let the warming trend begin.

Along with that sentiment I see our litigious society has embarked on a campaign against Punxutawney Phil, the groundhog, for deceptive practices. As it says in the article most of us are probably prepared to sign on for this. I hope Phil doesn’t get taken to the cleaners for all his berries.

“Punxsutawney Phil” The Groundhog Being Sued For Lying About When Spring Would Come!

On a completely separate note, the article link below is about a photographer who spent one hour a day for nine years in Grand Central Terminal surreptitiously photographing passersby. In going through his photos he determined that he had photographed the same people at different times. Now he has issued a book with these photographs. While I find it a fascinating concept I am truly troubled by the fact that all of these people are going to appear in this book without their knowledge or consent. I’m not sure how I would feel if I was in that book but I’m guessing it would annoy me. The concept of personal privacy seems to be an antiquated ideal.

“Peter Funch Sees the Patterns in the People on the Street”

This is Asia week so I wandered over to Christie’s for their Chinese auction preview. There was also Himalayan and Indian art as well, genres that I’m still not completely sold on but I do find myself admiring some of the art.  I was standing in front of a painting and taking notes for this post when a woman came over and asked me if I knew where the rest of the online art was. I thought it odd that she would ask me as there were Christie’s attendants all around. When she answered her own question and mentioned other art I realized she was a Christie’s attendant and clearly thought me a serious buyer rather than the serious browser I am.  Here’s some of what I saw. Remember to click on the images to enlarge.

ABDUR RAHMAN CHUGHTAI – Sunder – Along with the classic artworks these auctions also touched on contemporary art, most of which doesn’t move me but this Indian drawing just caught my eye right at the beginning of the exhibit. I found it simple but exotic

TWO PAINTINGS DEPICTING IMPENDING RAIN STORMS - KANGRA SCHOOL, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1820 – These Indian watercolors are both small, approximately 8.5 x 7.5, and I was taken by the details depicted, particularly in the first one.  The man and woman’s ornate outfits, the two tiny birds in the air, the threatening storm clouds overhead and the tiny village in the distance where the storm has already started.

A LADY PREPARING FOR THE BEDCHAMBER - MUGHAL SCHOOL, NORTH INDIA, CIRCA 1730-40 – I found myself returning to this little painting as well. Exotic and erotic, you have the two women attending to the third with the little still life tableau laid in front of them.

YUAN YUNYI – Vegetables – Colorful watercolor scroll.

YU FEI’AN - Pair of Birds on Plum Blossom Branch – This is one of the items from the Collection of Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell, acquired in China between 1911-1936, thus by descent through the family. The General had good taste in acquiring what Duncan Phillips would have approved of as artwork pleasing to the eye.

SUN YI - Ducks in Pond –  The Christie’s site is behaving oddly not allowing access to certain artworks and not enlarging where it should. The second link is an enlargement and better shows off this scroll. Click on the image at the second link to enlarge. I love the expressions of the ducks, especially the two at the top with their beaks opened.

JI KANG – Tiger – In all its ferocity under a full moon.  Again, the second link is the enlargement but you need to click on the image.

PU RU -Pavilion on Cliffs – Pu Ru is someone I’ve seen in previous auctions and enjoyed. This is a beautiful landscape scroll, watercolor on silk, of the pavilion high up in the isolated  mountains.

ANONYMOUS -  Sixteen Arhats – This is a very long scroll 12” x 352” which you really need to enlarge as much as possible to appreciate and then imagine walking from one end to the other. Here’s what the website has to say about it. “Executed by an anonymous painter employing ink and line drawing technique, Sixteen Arhats illustrates the lives and preaching scenes of the sixteen lohans, the preservers of the teaching of Buddhism. In a well-plotted composition, each lohan and every element on the scroll was meticulously and vividly rendered in very fine and vigorous brushstrokes, which resulted in powerful and striking images.”

After Ding Yunpeng - Scholar in Autumn Forest – I’ll end with this scroll which unfortunately is a very poor reproduction of something that I really liked, the solitary scholar at the bottom of the painting dwarfed by the immense forest. It’s another one that disappeared from the Christie’s website.

Now let’s spring over to the Flickrs.

Andy G.

boys in girls leotards and tights

we love pink


peasant square dance dress


Two little girls again.

Surrey March 2006

sissy housewife

Pink 'n' frilly

sissy gina & Flocka at Erotic Cabaret
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: Betty on March 24, 2018, 10:08:52 PM
I'll consider it spring when there's no snow on the ground, & it stays above 40F (4.4C) for at least a week.
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: andyg0404 on March 25, 2018, 01:06:35 PM
Hi Betty,

Amen to that. I forgot to put in the usual disclaimer that it's Spring on the calendar but not necessarily in the neighborhood.

Andy G.
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: Betty on March 29, 2018, 11:56:22 PM
We had daytime highs in the 40F, so all the snow melted. But we're expecting more Sunday.
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: andyg0404 on March 31, 2018, 04:40:36 PM
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Well today is a lovely day, fairly mild after a not so great week of rain and cold. But the forecast for Monday is possible snow showers with rain on the succeeding days so it doesn’t appear that April is having any effect on actually changing the weather. It’s like reading a series of books, to be continued.

It was this announcement by the Met that brought me back there this week. The announcement stated the Met will be replacing the skylights in their second floor galleries, a project that looks like it will take 4-5 years to complete. It will be done in two phases, the first, beginning in next month, will be the closing of 60% of the European galleries to the right side of the stairs leading up from the Great Hall. This includes galleries devoted to Italian, French and Spanish paintings. The second phase, beginning sometime in 2020, will affect the other 40% of the galleries, Netherlandish and German paintings of the Renaissance, from Van Eyck to Bruegel; 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Rubens, and Van Dyck; British 18th-century paintings, including works by Reynolds and Gainsborough; and Italian 16th-century painting, from Raphael to Titian and Veronese.

I decided it would be a good time to visit the galleries due to be closed in April to see paintings that will be out of circulation for a while. Of course many of the items in these galleries will be moved to other areas of the museum and, I’m sure, brought out for small exhibitions during the time of renovation, but this was a chance to see everything again. As I walked through the galleries I realized there were a number of rooms I had probably only been in once or twice, especially those where religious art is displayed as that’s never been a genre I’ve greatly admired. Some of the links below will be to artists I’ve discussed in the past while others will be to lesser known artists, certainly lesser known to me.  Remember to click to enlarge everything.

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo - The Chariot of Aurora – Tiepolo and his son Domenico are artists that I’ve linked to many times for their drawings which the Met has in abundance but the Met also has a nice collection of his oil sketches of which this is a nice example.

Pompeo Girolamo Batoni - Portrait of a Young Man – Batoni was an Italian portrait painter of the 18th Century. I was struck by the many facets of this painting in addition to the full length portrait, the landscape through the window, the carving and statue he gestures to, the dog at his feet and the way the drapery hangs.

Pietro Longhi – The Letter – Longhi was a genre painter, a contemporary of Canaletto and Guardi.  Wikipedia tells me that If Cannaletto and Guardi are our window to the external rituals of the republic, Longhi is our window to what happened inside rooms. I was drawn to this painting much as I’m drawn to the Dutch genre painters such as Gerard Ter Borch who also painted about a letter in Curiosity, a link to which is below Longhi.

Bernardo Bellotto - Vaprio d'Adda – I was going to link to Canaletto but I see that it would have been the same painting I chose the last time I visited the galleries over the summer so instead I’ve chosen Bellotto, who was nephew and pupil to Canaletto.

Philippe de Champaigne - Jean-Baptiste Colbert – Champaigne was a 17th Century French artist of the Baroque era. He painted portraits and religious works. I found myself admiring this portrait and thinking to myself of its similarities to the Dutch portraits.

Jean Siméon Chardin - Soap Bubbles – Chardin was an 18th Century French genre painter. This painting is influenced by the Dutch as well and the website notes that the idle play of children was one of Chardin’s favorite themes.

Pierre Paul Prud'hon - Charles Maurice de Talleyrand Périgord – Talleyrand was a French Bishop, politician and diplomat of the late 18th, early 19th Centuries. The Met has two portraits, this one by Prud’hon which Talleyrand commissioned in 1817 and the one below by Gerard ten years earlier in 1807. Prud’hon was a French Romantic painter. Gerard was a portrait painter who studied under Jacques Louis David.

Baron François Gérard - Charles Maurice de Talleyrand Périgord

Jacques Louis David - Antoine Laurent Lavoisier (1743–1794) and His Wife (Marie Anne Pierrette Paulze, 1758–1836) – I wanted to include David and this is one of the three large paintings on view not far from the Gerard. Lavoisier was known for his pioneering studies of gunpowder, oxygen, and the chemical composition of water.  Unfortunately he was guillotined during the French Revolution

Francisco de Goya y Lucientes - Tiburcio Pérez y Cuervo – Goya is someone I’ve mentioned and linked to many times, his oil paintings and etchings are all wonderful. The Met has a good selection of both his paintings and etchings. Pérez was an architect and a close friend of Goya’s. His works could be grim but the website notes  Pérez's rolled-up sleeves and slight smile suggest a directness and warmth that are rare in the artist's oeuvre.

Francois Boucher – The Toilette of Venus - Boucher is someone I’ve spoken of many times, Mr. Frick transported an entire room of his artwork and reconstructed it in what is now the Frick museum.  From Wikipedia, Boucher was a French painter, draughtsman and etcher, who worked in the Rococo style. Boucher is known for his idyllic and voluptuous paintings on classical themes, decorative allegories, and pastoral scenes. He was perhaps the most celebrated painter and decorative artist of the 18th century. This was commissioned by his patroness, Madame de Pompadour, and is probably an illusion to the Madame’s portrayal of Venus in a similarly titled play, the Toilet of Venus. Lush is the best word to describe this painting I think.

Well, I could go on and on but I think this is a nice selection of what I saw that day. Once again it speaks of the broadness and quality of the Met’s collection.

Now let’s visit the Flickrs.

Andy G.

Pink Ballet Sissy

sissy maxine

White, Clean And Neat.

in the pink



Sophie Rebecca

The legendary John Hunter as a ballerina.


just a sissy
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: andyg0404 on April 07, 2018, 09:36:28 AM
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

This will be an early Flickr as I’m treating a friend to a day in the City ending in dinner and then dessert at my house.

I took the long walk up to Sotheby’s to see their American art auction preview and once again enjoyed what I saw. This was by no means a blockbuster sale, the painting that brought the biggest winning bid was:

Ernest Lawson - THE FLATIRON BUILDING -  This went for $375K.  I enjoy depictions of old New York; this juxtaposes the city’s growing real estate development with the inclusion of the horse drawn carts not completely replaced by the automobile as yet.

Second after the Lawson was:
Grandma Moses - HURRAH FOR CHRISTMAS which went for $206K. – Grandma Moses didn’t start painting until she was 78 years old and lived to the ripe old age of 101. Her paintings are fairly primitive but colorful and sentimental. I think her fame emanated considerably from her advanced age rather than a great talent but I’m not a critic by any means. They’re pleasant enough but for a couple of hundred thousand dollars I think I would opt for something else if I had the money to spend.

Martin Johnson Heade -– There were two paintings by Heade in this exhibit, links to both are below. These floral still lifes are from his later years and I’ve always found them very beautiful. Earlier he painted wonderful landscapes, seascapes and tropical subjects which were equally wonderful. I’ve linked to Heade’s art in previous auctions.

Most of the additional lots sold for less than $100K with many at the lower end of the scale. I was standing next to a couple who were admiring a painting and the man said to the woman they could think about it as the pricing was reasonable. Reasonable for them appears to have been a range of $20K to $30K, 

There were three very rough sketches by Edward Hopper for sale, two of which have disappeared from the site to my regret. This remaining one went for $5,625 which was at the low end of the expected range which was $5K to $7K. This was an illustration for a book and there were several items up for bid from commercial illustrators. Illustrator has quite often been used as a pejorative term in art trying to ghettoize illustrators from “real” artists. Norman Rockwell is a good example of someone whose art broke free of the ghetto and now goes for many millions of dollars. Hopper’s early life was spent in commercial advertising and he certainly went on to be considered one of America’s greatest artists.


Norman Rockwell - STUDY FOR 'THE COLLECTOR' – I’ll just copy part of the Catalogue note from the website to describe this preliminary painting.
“The present work is a color study for Norman Rockwell’s most famous advertisement for The Franklin Mint, The Collector, which he painted in 1971. Famously meticulous, Rockwell utilized the color study in order to develop the palette and light patterns displayed in the final painting. To accomplish this, he typically painted directly on a photograph of a charcoal drawing. Often exhibiting a more painterly style of execution, Rockwell’s color studies allowed him to select the color combinations that would achieve an immediate and dramatic visual impact for his viewers.”

Leyendecker and Smith were also illustrators, the first is a study for a Saturday Evening Post cover while the second is an invitation to an exhibition of her artworks. Both are nostalgic and sentimental.

Joseph Christian Leyendecker - STUDY FOR "IRISH LIBERTY"


And I was pleased to see a number of selections from the Hudson river painters I so much enjoy.

William Mason Brown - AUTUMN LANDSCAPE – Brown is new to me and I thought this a lovely painting. The colors of the foliage, the clouds in the sky reflected in the water, the hunter off to the side stalking the elk that is almost submerged in the water and the two men in the boat.

Jasper Francis Cropsey – AUTUMN – A similar scene from our old friend Cropsey who almost always appears in these auctions, there were three of his paintings in this one.

Albert Bierstadt - LANDSCAPE WITH LAKE – Another colorful depiction of a small lake in the woods.

Francis Augustus Silva - MOONLIGHT SAIL – This seascape is a nice note to end on with the giant full moon sitting dead center of the painting illuminating the boats and water.

This is a link to all 170 lots in the auction. There were lots of other things I liked.

Andy G.

Sweet Little Miss

TGirl Gemma - Christmas dance.

Corinne with new skirt

I Made My Sister My Maid

Yes, another old dress



New dress, new heels, and new pantyhose! What more could a girl want? <3

The maid

Susan and the girls
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: andyg0404 on April 14, 2018, 04:41:04 PM
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

At last we have some Spring like weather to celebrate. Temperatures in the 70’s yesterday and today. Sun shining and no rain. Hurrah! Of course tomorrow the temperature should top out in the forties and we’re going to have rain but let’s not look too far ahead, we’ll only be disappointed.

I get emails from both the auction houses and there’s usually something interesting in them. This is a brief essay and slide show about a portrait painted with flowers. That is, the image is composed of flowers. Anatomy of an Artwork: Allegory of Spring

This week I walked up to an apartment house on Park Avenue and 79th Street to again visit Questroyal Fine Art. This is a gallery that specializes in American art, especially the Hudson River painters. I’ve now been several times and I’ve never been disappointed by the display. It’s in a multi-room apartment and the paintings are hung at eye level on the wall as well as on stands in some of the rooms and even on the floor. The current exhibition and sale is, The Last New World: Important Hudson River School Paintings. I’ve looked forward to this as I received their catalog with illustrations prior to attending. Everything on view was pleasing and I’ll make note of some of the things I particularly liked. Each page has a biography of the artist.

First several works by Sanford Robinson Gifford.

Manchester, Massachusetts, 1864 – As soon as I saw this I was fascinated by the illusion of a face in the rock and wondered if Gifford had deliberately painted it this way or if he was recreating a mountain he had visited.  I sent the image to my brother and asked his opinion and he replied that he didn’t see any significance in the face and said the human brain likes to find faces in things.  Further to that theory, the second link shows an optical illusion you may have seen before, an object that can be seen as either a vase or two faces.

A Sketch of Schloss Rheinstein – I was so taken with the wonderful castle at the very top of the picture that I didn’t much notice the rest of the picture which has many interesting facets. The moon hidden behind the mountain, the travelers carrying their parcels on their heads walking along the road, the trees growing down the side and what looks like a tiny candle off in the distance at the lower right. I have no idea what it actually is since it seems to be an odd place for a lighthouse.

Sunset, 1865 – Just a wonderful seascape with the waves gently rolling in under a quarter moon.

Jasper Francis Cropsey

Doune Castle, 1848 – This is a 14th Century structure with a long history as you can see from the Wikipedia link below.  The castle itself takes up just a small portion of the canvas in the distance while the rest of the picture is dominated by the lush verdant growth.

Winter, 1860 – We can see the isolation of the tiny cabins in the immensity of the snowcapped mountains while the sun peeks over the mountaintop. And the two figures either strolling or exploring with their dog while you can just barely make out other figures closer to the cabin.

John Frederick Kensett

New England Sunrise – A fine seascape with the brilliant sun just emerging over the horizon illuminating the rippling water with a single boat and several tiny birds flying off in the distance.

Pro Patria (Sunset on the Coast) – And this contrasting depiction of the sun obscured as it slowly sinks while still illuminating a portion of the water. Everything calm and serene.

William Trost Richards

Woodland Interior, 1856 – Stately trees in the wilderness by a body of water.

Off Conanicut, Newport, 1904 – Another seascape with roaring surf and a brilliant sun which I think is rising.

Thomas Cole

Catskill Mountain House – Nice to see this after the wonderful Met exhibition of Cole’s work, another instance where he has inserted himself into the painting sketching the mansion on the hill from down below among the colorful foliage.

Ralph Blakelock

Moonlit Stream – While there only two examples of Blakelock’s work in this exhibit the gallery specializes in his art and recently had an exhibit devoted solely to him. This naturally appealed to me for the big moon hanging in the sky.

Albert Bierstadt

Niagara Falls – Capturing the immensity of the falls power and showing the mist emanating from the water obscuring a portion. You can almost hear the roar of the moving water.

Martin Lewis

Snowstorm, Danbury, Connecticut - This is the first painting, a watercolor, I’ve come across for Lewis. Everything I’ve seen before has been a drawing or engraving. I linked to his drawings in the Swann auction preview.

Hermann Herzog

Twilight, 1876 – Herzog is new to me. I found this very atmospheric, the elk coming to the water, the beautiful blue sky with a few clouds drifting over a very calm body of water, the mountains off in the distance. It’s a large painting and you have to scroll over to see the rest of herd off to the right.

William Hart

Under the Bluff – Hart is also new to me but I enjoyed this small oval landscape similar to Gifford’s Schloss Rheinstein, the structure way up high on the mountaintop shown on a beautiful day with a small figure at the bottom enjoying the view while birds fly overhead.

This is a link to the website list of their artists should you want to explore further.

There were many other beautiful things in the exhibition but this should give you an idea of how enjoyable it was for me. I’m never disappointed when I visit.

And now let’s spring over to the Flickrs.

Andy G.


He Learns

My mommy style polka dot swimsuit. Not ready for a bikini yet.

Lucy Summers

Lady outfit .

Red Sissy (2)

Michelle's Weekend Styling 👠💄👗💅👛💍👄



MISAKKY's Younger ages 003
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: Betty on April 15, 2018, 05:15:52 AM
70s? I'm jealous. It's currently a windy 29F (-2C) here just across the state. It snowed a little last night, & now we're having a light ice storm (raining ice not snowfakes). Frequent light flickers, & a few brief power outages due to ice on lines & ice weighing down branches.

My second battery backup for my O2 machine hasn't arrived yet, but is due any day now. With my current battery backup for the machine, & O2 storage, I would probably have enough O2 to last me 24 hours durimg a power failure if I'm frugal with it.
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: andyg0404 on April 15, 2018, 04:11:30 PM
Hi Betty,

Thanks for the link fix. The 70 degree weather went away quickly and today it's in the 40's, very windy and heavy rain is due to start falling soon and last well into tomorrow afternoon. Our endless Winter continues.

Andy G.
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: Betty on April 16, 2018, 01:18:01 PM
I think we had spring in February. We're on a second winter.
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: andyg0404 on April 16, 2018, 04:14:49 PM
Gosh I hope not, one Winter is bad enough.
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: Angela M... on April 16, 2018, 06:49:36 PM
Good one Betty,
it almost feels like a second winter. I woke up today and shoveled 6 inches of Ice pellets and slush from my walks and driveway. Just doing errands today and I saw many downed trees, fences and some hydro poles and some areas to the north of me were without power yesterday for 12 hours. Even towns like Port Dover and Port Stanley along Lake Erie, were without power for awhile. The high water level in Hamilton has flooded many homes and condos along Lake Ontario as well.
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: Betty on April 16, 2018, 06:58:34 PM
Not much on the ground in my neighborhood. Just a thin sheet of ice. But it's starting to snow now. The low air pressure, high humidity, fog, & high ozone levels are making my breathing worse than it's been in over a month. I don't think we had any ozone levels this high around here since last summer. I could even smell it.

They're saying this is the second coldest April ever in my area... and the month is only halfway over. The coldest ever was just a few years ago. Below 0F to 20F through most of March & April that year. It wiped out a significant amount of wildlife because they couldn't endure an extended extra cold winter.
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: BillieJo on April 20, 2018, 01:08:24 PM
The trouble with winter is that you get it at the beginning of the year and at the end of the year, and sometimes (like this year) you also get it somewhere in between.
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: Betty on April 20, 2018, 05:53:08 PM
This is what causes so many climate change & global warming deniers among people who don't understand weather, or who think politicians know more about weather than real scientists.

Please let the scientists do their job, the politicians are just word & money jugglers.

People see it's cooler, & only look at the weather map of their local area or country, so don't think there's global warming (That's why the call it climate change now). But if you look at a wider animated view of the weather, you see vortexes or jetstreams blowing warm air up to the poles, displacing/pushing the cold polar air downward to us. So as we get colder, the poles, Alaska, & Greenland get warmer.

In the Oceans, salty water absorbs more heat energy than fresh water. This energy drives the gulf stream & other ocean currents that helps keep some land warmer. Western Europe would be a lot colder without the Gulf Stream. As polar, Greenland, & mountain ice melts, the oceans become less salty as they become diluted by the fresh water ice melting. This causes the oceans to absorb less heat energy. That slows down warming ocean currents & the Gulf stream, or may even stop them someday.

The Gulf stream is already slowing. Without the Gulf stream The UK & a lot of Western Europe would be covered in ice & snow most of the year. So global warming may actually cause the UK to freeze over as Greenland thaws.

Meanwhile, locked in ancient ice, & deep in frozen northern or polar ground, is a lot of Co2... a greenhouse gas. As the ice melts, & the northern frozen ground thaws, it releases all that CO2, causing even more global warming. So at one point it causes a dangerous unstoppable chain reaction that may make the planet uninhabitable for people & most animals.

Once the plants die off you can kiss the oxygen we need to breathe goodbye. It takes a lot of plants worldwide to keep oxygen levels high enough for us & animals. With only a few thin zones suitable for plants, it wouldn't be enough to provide oxygen for animals & people. But long before that happens, as plants & animals start to die off, we'll run out of food & starve to death.
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: andyg0404 on April 21, 2018, 05:03:01 PM
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Winter persisted into this week with temperatures in the 30’s and 40’s for the most part. Monday it absolutely poured down rain, several inches according to the reports, and the winds were ferocious. Yesterday the winds were very strong as well. As I approached my house after my morning walk I watched as my neighbor’s garbage cans blew completely down my block and across the street. I retrieved them as if I hadn’t they certainly would have been lost for good. It’s in the 60’s today with the sun shining but it was in the 30’s when I went for my walk and I’m anxiously looking forward to the day I can retire my winter coat for the season. I’m being optimistic that this will eventually happen.

This week I visited Christie’s to see the Old Masters, European, Japanese and Korean art auction previews. There were some nice things in the Old Masters and European but there was hardly any Japanese or Korean art which surprised me as the listing on the web was extensive. I particularly wanted to see the three dozen woodblock prints up for bid. So I called Christie’s to ask and the agent told me that the woodblock prints were on the second floor in a room I had gone through but they were in the drawers of a glass case rather than displayed on the walls. That’s certainly something I never would have expected and I was annoyed, mostly at myself, for not asking one of the people walking around.

These are items from the Old Masters and European preview that I enjoyed.

Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres - Virgil Reading from the Aeneid – Not the usual Ingres portrait or what he considered his real legacy, the religious paintings, but a depiction of the ancient Greeks. There is a very long essay on the website about Ingres’ obsession with this topic. He created something on the topic in many different mediums throughout his life with this being his final rendering.

Joseph Mallord William Turner, R.A. - Harewood Castle from the south east – Again, there’s a long essay on the site about this painting, an early oil that was the impetus for Turner’s tour of the North of England. He was invited by the 1st Earl of Harewood to Yorkshire to make a series of views of the House, Castle and grounds

Claude Gellée, called Claude Lorrain - A landscape with Tivoli and the Temple of Vesta, hunters and an artist sketching in the foreground. – The essay says this is his only hunting scene but that the figures are a small part of the idealized landscape.

Sir Anthony van Dyck - François Langlois, called Chartres (1588-1647) – Langlois was a print dealer and also a friend of Van Dyck. It was painted as a gift and Van Dyck subsequently made another copy for himself. It’s said that his best portraits were of his friends.  – Surprising to see that it went for below the low estimate..

Sir Peter Lely - Portrait of a lady, traditionally identified as Mary 'Moll' Davis (c. 1651-1708), three-quarter-length. – Lely is new to me, he was a contemporary of Van Dyck and renowned as the court painter for Charles II.  I thought it was influenced by Van Dyck and to my mind resembles the self-portrait of Van Dyck as a young man that hangs in the Met. That painting is the second link. Once again this picture has disappeared from the Christie’s site. It occurs to me that perhaps it was withdrawn prior to the auction.

Francesco Guardi - The Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, with the Punta della Giudecca – The essay said this was a favorite view of Guardi’s, one he visited many times, with this being one of the best. My brother and I agreed this was one of the nicest things in the auction.

Sir Peter Paul Rubens - A satyr holding a basket of grapes and quinces with a nymph – This is a wonderful painting and is probably the star of the auction, it’s estimate is $5M -$7M, although it sold just below the mid-range.  The literally devilish grin is priceless. Images of satyrs were a favorite subject for Rubens and the artists in his circle.

Tiziano Vecellio, called Titian - Double portrait of Guidobaldo II della Rovere, Duke of Urbino (1514-1574), and his son, Francesco Maria II (1549-1631), full-length – I wasn’t overwhelmed by this one, I think it looks better on the web than it did on the wall. I thought it could use a good cleaning and some touch-up and I clicked on the condition report to see if I could find anything out. But when I did the site requested a phone number so they could chat with me if anything changed and I felt that would be going a step to far. The essay says this one of small handful of full-length portraits by Titian, who, more than any other artist, redefined the status of portraiture in the 16th century and influenced that of subsequent centuries. I see it went well below the low end estimate.

There were many more which you can see at the links below to all the objects in the different auctions.

19th Century European Art

Old Masters Part I

Old Masters Part II

Several days later I went back to Christie’s for the Prints and Multiples preview and also to try and see the Japanese wood block prints. This time I asked where the Japanese wood block prints were and I was escorted by a young woman over to a table and asked to sit down. Then she unlocked the glass case next to me and pulled out a pile of them telling me that when I was through she would give me the second pile. She also asked me if I wanted the catalog and paper both of which I declined. I confess to feeling a little like a fraud but after I had finished the first batch a woman approached and the agent gave them to her and I had the impression she was no more a buyer than I was. The prints were marvelous.

EDWARD HOPPER - Evening Wind – This was a much nicer etching than the one I wrote about seeing at Sotheby’s. I note that it didn’t sell.

VINCENT VAN GOGH - The Potato Eaters – A real treat, I haven’t seen many of his lithographs. This went in the midrange of the estimate, I think due to its repaired condition.

WINSLOW HOMER - Perils of the Sea - Very nice, went far above the high estimate.

JAMES MCNEILL WHISTLER - The Doorway, from Venice, a Series of Twelve Etchings –  I’ve seen many of the Venice etchings, one at the Swann’s auction a few weeks ago.

MARY CASSATT - In the Omnibus – Charming, sentimental engraving with tinting. Two women and a baby in the foreground while there’s a nice still life in the background showing a bridge.

HENRI MATISSE - Odalisque au magnolia – The first is a lithograph drawing while the second is the painting which wasn’t up when I visited but will be when the Rockefeller collection goes on the block. Christie’s clearly expects a big return on the painting as instead of a bid range you have to request the estimate.

RICHARD ESTES - Holland Hotel – Estes creates these remarkable screenprints based on oil paintings done in this photorealistic style. They’re really brilliant, one of this series hangs in the Tate in the UK. Several years ago I saw an exhibition of his work and it was filled with large scale prints similar to this. You really have to look closely to see that it’s not a photograph.

UTAGAWA HIROSHIGE - ASAKUSA TAMBO TORI NO MACHI MODE (ASAKUSA RICE FIELDS DURING THE COCK FESTIVAL), FROM THE SERIES MEISHO EDO HYAKKEI (ONE HUNDRED VIEWS OF FAMOUS PLACES OF EDO) – I chose this example as I love the cat. I think I must have mentioned this one before as I know I’ve seen it before but I can’t remember exactly where. You can see all of the wood block prints, as well as the other items in the Japanese/Korean auction, at the second link.

This is a link to all the objects in Prints and Multiples.

Now, the Flickrs.

Andy G.




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Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: andyg0404 on April 28, 2018, 05:04:12 PM
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

I went back to the Ronin Gallery for their current exhibition, KUNIYOSHI: THE MASTERPIECES, and unlike last time the gallery was open and I was able to go in and admire the woodblock prints I enjoy so much. Kuniyoshi painted in the Japanese genre Ukiyo-e, which Wikipedia defines as, “a genre of Japanese art which flourished from the 17th through 19th centuries. Its artists produced woodblock prints and paintings of such subjects as female beauties, kabuki actors and sumo wrestlers, scenes from history and folk tales, travel scenes and landscapes, flora and fauna, and erotica. The term ukiyo-e (浮世絵) translates as "picture of the floating world."  The bulk of these pictures are of samurai in epic, fantastical battles and against mythical demons and monsters.

Aigo Gozaemon Hisamatsu – a lone warrior on his horse riding into battle

Miyamoto Musashi and the Whale Off the Coast of Hizen – You can barely see Musashi riding atop the whale getting ready to stick his sword in as the ocean waves move wildly. The second link is an enlarged illustration. I’ll include one where available going forward.

Takiyasha and Skeleton Spectre in the Ruined Palace at Soma – Fantastical skeleton dwarfs the two samurai.

The Earth Spider Conjures Goblins at the Mansion of Minamoto no Yorimitsu (Raiko) – Fantastic creatures swarming above the men, the two game players seemingly oblivious to them. Click second link to enlarge.

Disciple of Buddha Hattara Sonja with White Tiger – Buddha sitting nestled snugly against the enormous white tiger.

Asahina Saburo Yoshihide Wrestling with Two Crocodile Sharks at Kotsubo Beach, Kamakura – Lots of action here, Yoshihide struggling with his arm wrapped around one shark while the other leaps in the air, ready for attack, while the crews in the three boats watch with emotion. Click on second link to enlarge.

Nyuunryu Kosonsho  - Menaced by the enormous serpent with the giant fangs.

Last Stand of Kusunoki Clan at Shijo-Nawate – Three Samurai against a sea of arrows.

Here’s a link to everything in the exhibition.

Andy G.

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Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: sissybaby34 on April 28, 2018, 06:55:34 PM
Andy, some excellent finds this week. The cvip98.gwo folder is a very good find. Takes me back a lot of years to when my older sister used to practice makeup on me. I used to complain, but down inside loved every minute of it!

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Post by: ChuckyV on May 01, 2018, 10:06:01 PM
Confession.  The Cvip98.gwo account is mine.  :)

Glad you all like it!
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: andyg0404 on May 02, 2018, 10:34:15 AM
Thanks for compiling and sharing it.

Andy G.
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Post by: ChuckyV on May 02, 2018, 12:05:18 PM
And thank YOU for the weekly Flickrs!
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Post by: andyg0404 on May 05, 2018, 04:12:58 PM
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

This week I went back to Christie’s for an event I’ve waited several months for, the preview of David and Peggy Rockefeller’s collection. It was cool and very windy outside, by the time I got to the auction house I really looked like the mad professor as it’s been some time since I got a haircut. At least it warmed up the rest of the week although I read in the newspaper that certain areas of New Jersey had some snow flurries although nothing stuck to the ground. Snow flurries on April 30th, that’s pretty remarkable.

I was concerned that I might not have been allowed in. It’s viewing by appointment, that is, you have to reserve time. I went to the website and the entire preview calendar was taken. Last week I called and asked if the public would be let in and was told it was timed admission, if you don’t have a reservation to enter you have to line up outside. When people leave, more people are let in. I got there at 10:35AM expecting to line up outside for an 11AM opening. There was no line when I got there. I walked up to the desk and was told that walk-ins could enter at 11:30AM after the reserved guests had arrived. The receptionist said that for the three previous days they had no problem admitting walk-ins. So I left and took a walk up to 71st Street, then turned around and came back arriving at 11:20AM. They let me right in.

It was a spectacular exhibit. It’s been speculated this will be the first billion dollar auction and having seen it I will not be surprised. As my brother says, the rich have nice things. I previewed it on the web so nothing was really a surprise but seeing it all in person was phenomenal, everything was quality and very beautiful. What’s truly amazing about this collection is that it’s what remained after they had already donated an enormous amount of quality art but it’s also not surprising since I’m sure they held on to the things they most enjoyed. In following Duncan Phillips philosophy everything they owned was pleasing to the eye. The amount of tableware, dishes, serving plates, etc. was overwhelming, whole rooms of it. Clearly they had no problem entertaining large groups. 

This is such a voluminous collection that rather than try to auction it all at once it will be done is a series of six auctions over three days. In addition there is an online auction for miscellaneous items that are expected to sell for anywhere from $100 to $10,000. Below are links to the six auctions where you can see everything that was on display when I visited. I’ll also list some of the things that I really enjoyed bearing in mind that there wasn’t anything that I wouldn’t consider worthwhile. I’ll link to the webpage for each item and below that I’ll also link to an enlarged version.

19th and 20th Century Art, Evening Sale

Art of the Americas, Evening Sale

Fine Art, Day Sale

Travel and Americana

English & European Furniture, Ceramics and Decorations, Part I

English & European Furniture, Ceramics and Decorations, Part II

Edward Hopper – I might as well start with the paintings I was most pleased to see, two by Hopper. It’s been a few years since a Hopper appeared on the block. In 2013 Christie’s auctioned  East Wind Over Weehawken for a record setting $40.5M. You can read about that here  While I’ve seen his etchings and engravings I’m fairly confident I’ve never seen one of his oil paintings at a preview.

Cape Ann Granite

Rich’s House

Winslow Homer – This is one of his watercolors and depicts three women on the shore looking out for the return of their husbands.

Where Are the Boats

William Trost Richards – Richards is one of my brother’s favorite American painters and I too enjoy his land and seascapes. I linked to one a few weeks ago in my Questroyal note.

Yellow Carn of Cornwall

John Singer Sargent – I’ve linked to many of Sargent’s watercolors and this not surprisingly is one of his better ones. This is a church in Venice.

San Geremia

Thomas Moran – The first is also a painting of Venice and shows Turner’s influence on Moran. This is from an essay on Moran, “The marine paintings are dramatically conceived, with brilliant sunsets and vibrant bluegreen seas, recalling the glowing color of Joseph M.W. Turner.” The second shows a destroyed vessel on turbulent seas under a brilliant moon almost obscured by clouds.

The Entrance to the Grand Canal

Moonlit Shipwreck at Sea

Albert Bierstadt – One of the great Hudson River painters, this shows an isolated section of the Arctic with several men in a rowboat having rowed away from the ship off in the distance.  This is the lot essay from Christie’s,


Charles DeMuth – I’ve written often and also linked to images of DeMuth’s floral work, flowers, fruits and vegetables.


Paul Gauguin – This is the first of the Impressionist paintings in the collection I’ll link to, more flowers in this vibrant colorful still life.

Fleurs dans un vase

Claude Monet – This is another of his water lilies which will no doubt yield one of the higher returns of the auction. Estimate is only available on request.

Nymphéas en fleur

Edgar Degas – This is a painting of one of his cousins, although which one isn’t clear. This is a link to the lot essay,

Femme assise dans un jardin

Vincent Van Gogh – A drawing of peasants working in the fields, one of many that evolved from Jean Francois Millet’s influence on him.

Planteuse de betteraves

And to close, two more paintings that will reap very large sums, like the Monet, estimates are available on request.

Pablo Picasso – There is so much Picasso out there and to my mind much of it is run of the mill but this really is something special. A striking portrait of a nude girl with a flower basket, very realistic and certainly not painted to the girl’s benefit as she isn’t especially attractive.

Fillette à la corbeille fleurie

Henri Matisse – Picasso’s peer and rival, I linked to this a few weeks ago when I saw a lithograph of the painting at the Christie’s drawings auction preview.

Odalisque couchée aux magnolias

I’ll stop here although I could just keep going on and on as you’ll see if you visit the full listings to the auctions I noted above. This is the best auction preview I’ve ever been to and I’m immensely pleased I was able to see all these wonderful things.

This is a link to a long article on the Rockefellers and their collection in Vanity Fair. I echo Ronald Lauder’s comment, “I have three categories of art: Oh, Oh my, and Oh my God. This is all Oh my God,”

Whew, that’s a lot to get through, hope you made it.

Off to the Flickrs.

Andy G.

Boy on a Chair

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Post by: andyg0404 on May 12, 2018, 05:07:30 PM
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

The Rockefeller auction didn’t earn a billion dollars but still set a record at $833M.  The item that generated the most astounding return was a 14-karat-gold money clip depicting Rockefeller Center which sold for $75,000 with fees (against an estimate of about $1,200). Not bad. All the proceeds will go to charity, including museums. A success all around I would say.

This week I walked up to Sotheby’s for their Impressionist and Contemporary Auction previews. The main reason to go was a remarkable Modigliani Nude, Nu couché (sur le côté gauche). It’s one of 22 reclining nudes he painted in a three year span from 1916 to 1919. It’s a very large painting 35” x 58” and the only one of the 22 to include the entire figure. It’s truly magnificent and in remarkable condition, it looks like it was painted recently. In 2015 Christie’s auctioned off one of the horizontal nudes and it brought in $170 million and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if that record is broken. It’s listed as estimate on request on the website but articles have speculated that it should go for at least $150 million. This is the link to website page with a very long essay under Catalog Note.

This is the only real blockbuster in the auction, others will garner multi-million dollar bids but nothing like the Modigliani. I’ll list some of the other pictures I saw which I found enjoyable.

Claude Monet - MATINÉE SUR LA SEINE – There are three Monet’s in the auction and this is the big one moneywise with an estimate of $18-$25M. Very moody and tranquil, the essay describes it as a meditation in sky and water, trees and shrubs, reflection and suspension. Also below is a brief video explaining how Monet was a precursor to the abstract artists.

Claude Monet - INONDATION À GIVERNY – With an estimate of $2-$3M I actually prefer this lovely landscape to the one above. The essay for this one says, it strikes a balance between the naturalist-realist origins of Impressionism and a boldly experimental approach to capturing the changing qualities of light.

Édouard Manet - PROFIL DE JEUNE FILLE – I don’t think Manet’s come up for auction quite as often as Monet’s, certainly not in the same quantity. This is noted as a portrait while the painting of the young man below is considered, “a personification of the engagement of a people with the foreign and spectacular.” While the young woman is pensive the toreador expresses action.


Edvard Munch - SOMMERNATT (SUMMER NIGHT) – Much of Munch can be dark and oppressive but this is a bright landscape which owes a lot to Van Gogh’s influence on Munch.

Marc Chagall - L'ESPRIT DE ROSES (AU-DESSUS DES FLEURS) – Chagall was Russian and Jewish so suffering persecution from prejudice and the pogroms, it was difficult for him as an artist. He traveled to France to study art and eventually came to the United States during the second world war. He painted he and his wife at the top of many of his paintings floating in the ether or in flight from persecution. This painting shows an angelic like being floating above a brilliant bunch of blood red roses.

Camille Pissarro - MAISON SUR LA FALAISE – There are five Pissarro’s in the auction and this one caught my eye because it’s only approximately 7 ½ by 5” and the actual painted image is substantially smaller than that. But it’s a charming little landscape of a house by the sea with boats sailing by and clouds in the sky.

Camille Pissarro - ALLÉE DANS UNE FÔRET – A striking landscape of a path in the deep woods with tall trees and vegetation with a tiny solitary figure amidst the isolation. I can only speculate that it’s the artist and his figure really isn’t defined.

Maurice de Vlaminck - SAINT MICHEL PRÈS DE BOUGIVAL – There were nine paintings by Vlaminck, a French painter who along with Andre Derain and Henri Matisse is considered one of the principal figures of the Fauve movement which emphasized intense color. He must have been very prolific as there are always a number of his paintings at these auctions. It’s the colors and boxiness of the houses that appeals to me.

Maurice de Vlaminck – FLEURS – It’s the colors again that leap out at you from this still life.

Henri Matisse - TÊTE DE FEMME (LORETTE) – The essay describes how models were hard to come by in World War I Paris and how upon the recommendation of a fellow artist Matisse came to know a young Italian woman named Lorette who, in the course of their year-long association, he painted some fifty times.

Salvador Dalí - PORTRAIT DE MADAME DUCAS – Dali, like Picasso, did a lot of art that was questionable being motivated more by profit than muse. The essay says he was a masterful portraitist and this is quintessential Dalí in its physiological intensity and prodigious technicality. In addition to the woman there’s a lot going on in the background that’s interesting not the least of which is the way he portrays the clouds in the sky.

Eugène Boudin - SAINT-VALÉRY-SUR-SOMME, LEVER DE LUNE SUR LE CANAL – Boudin is another artist who appears regularly in the auctions and I’m fond of his beach scenes of which there are many. This time I was taken by this picturesque landscape with the big bright moon shining overhead.

It was not a good day for traveling. On the way into the City my bus was late and standing room only so I waited for the next one. I spent about an hour and fifteen minutes at the Gallery so I was tired when I left. When the Crosstown bus got to 72nd Street on the West side I was not happy to see that the 72nd Street station was closed. I walked up to 79th Street and just missed the train which got me to the Port Authority so I just missed the bus. I was glad to be home but happy that I had seen the Modigliani. When I wrote to my brother to vent a little about the subway he sent me a MTA notice stating that the 72nd St and 86th Street stations will be closed for repairs until October. These end dates are always more of a wish than a statement. I will have to remember each time I come into the City for an exhibit depending on where it is.

The first Impressionist auction will be held Monday, May 14th while the second will be on Tuesday, May 15th. Until the auction has been held you can see all the items offered for bid in the first two links. Once the auction is over you’ll have to click on the third link, Auction Results, and look for the auction by date. You can narrow the list to just New York by using the drop down menu next to Locations.

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale

Auction Results

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Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: andyg0404 on May 19, 2018, 04:50:21 PM
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

What a dreadful day! I went into the City this morning for the American preview at Christie’s which I’ll write about next week after I visit Sotheby’s for their version.  it was 50 degrees and raining. And for such a miserable day the City was remarkably crowded. It’s been an equally dreadful week as far the weather goes, rain and cold pretty much every day. I’m thinking that instead of going from Winter to Spring we’ve instead turned around and gone back into Fall. If it’s suddenly 90 degrees next week and we’re in Summer I won’t complain.

I did a doubleheader one morning this week, walking up to the Cavalier Gallery on 57th Street and then on to the Met.

The Gallery exhibit was Realism: Then and now, and in it were contemporary paintings as well as 19th Century works. It was very pleasant. I’ve written many times about how I don’t care for contemporary art but it’s really abstract contemporary art that doesn’t appeal to me. I find realism in painting from any era enjoyable. I like artists who try to paint like their predecessors. Andrew Wyeth is a contemporary artist that I’ve come to appreciate and he and his son Jamie are both represented in this exhibit. A number of years ago there was an article in the New Yorker by Adam Gopnik in which he wrote about his attempt to learn to draw. If you care to read it here’s the link, He takes a class with an artist named Jacob Collins who” supervised an “atelier” in midtown, called the Grand Central Academy of Art.” He’s only mentioned by his full name once, at the beginning of the article. Towards the end of the article Gopnik mentioned that Collins had a current exhibit at the Adelson Gallery which I subsequently went to and enjoyed so I was pleased when I saw that one of his paintings is in this show. There were a couple of Sargent’s that didn’t really impress me but some works by the trompe l’oeil artist, William Harnett which I always enjoy. Here are some of the things I liked.

Jacob Collins, Yellow House on Thompson's Point at Twilight, 2012 – This is representational of Collins’ work, a moody seascape that would have fit in nicely with the Hudson River painters or the Dutch masters like Ruysdael.

Frank Corso, Warm Summer Skies – A pleasing landscape with wonderful clouds.

William O. Ewing, Gone Fishing, 2014 – A trompe l’oeil by a current artist.

William M. Harnett, Tabletop with Still Life and Fruit and Wine, 1876 – And one from the 19th Century

Frederick Brosen, Piazza delle Cinque Scole, 2015 – I think this might be my favorite image in the exhibit, a watercolor which is almost photo like.

Glen Hansen, Ellis Island, 2017 – Another painting, this one oil, that also has very photogenic qualities to it.

Thomas Kegler, August Dawn, Job 19:25, 2017 – Another seascape in the which the big moon was what caught my eye.

Daniel Ridgway Knight, The News, 1886 – Another of the “then” artists, lovely rural scene.

John Singer Sargent, Mrs. Frances Abington (after Sir Joshua Reynolds), 1900 ca – This is the Sargent portrait which actually looks better on the web than it did hanging in the gallery.

Andrew Wyeth, House on Stone's Point, 1977 – I always enjoy Wyeth’s farm houses.

Aside from Collins I’m completely unfamiliar with the other contemporary artists noted above but I’m glad some artists continue to paint in the realism tradition. And I’m glad I was able to take this show in. This is a link to the Gallery website where you can do a slide show of the exhibit as well as see other works by the artists.

Afterwards I walked uptown to the Met to visit an exhibit that just opened, Painted in Mexico, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici. I was surprised at how extensive it was as there were only 33 images on the website and it didn’t say selected images. It turns out there are 110 paintings in the show, room after room, many of them enormous wall size paintings. It’s an odd shaped gallery, it didn’t lend itself to my usual method of continuing in one direction and then working my way back. I wrote to my brother that there were some interesting things in it, too much devotional art for my taste but some nice portraits and views. He wrote back saying he didn’t care for it and I admit it’s not a show that I especially enjoyed. If I was bringing a friend to the museum there are many other exhibits I would show them before this one. I’ll just list a few of the things that struck me.

View of the Plaza Mayor of Mexico (Vista de la Plaza Mayor de México) - Juan Patricio Morlete Ruiz – I like this as I see something of the Venetian influence, something a Canaletto or Guardi might paint.

Self-Portrait (Autorretrato) - Juan Rodríguez Juárez – A striking self-portrait of the artist looking directly at we, the viewers, or, as it says on the website, at a mirror.

Portrait of Doña Juana María Romero (Retrato de doña Juana María Romero) - Ignacio María Barreda – A full length portrait of a lady of a type Goya painted but not quite up to his quality. You can see Goya’s Duchess of Alba below.

While there were some other nice things, most of the other paintings on the web are religious in nature and not art that I go out of my way to view. It’s a major exhibit for the Met, I will be curious to see if it proves a crowd pleaser, it certainly wasn’t crowded the morning I visited.

This is a link to the available objects on the website.

This is a link to the Met press release.

There aren’t any reviews yet but this is a review from the LA Times which is where the exhibit appeared prior to traveling to New York.

And this is a web notice of the exhibit with a few illustrations, one of which is of an enormous screen which I thought worthwhile.

I forgot to check the subways before I left so I actually turned on my cellphone, brought up Google and checked subway advisories to make sure the 79th Street station was open which it was. It’s the first time I’ve used the cellphone for something other than texting NJ transit to see when the next bus into the City was due. I was pleased it worked.

And now, on to the Flickrs.

Andy G.


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Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: andyg0404 on May 26, 2018, 09:56:58 AM
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

This will be an early Flickr as I’m taking a friend out for the day.

Had a bit of an unintentional adventure this week on the day I walked up to Sotheby’s. On my way home I wound up at the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, New Jersey which is 11 miles away from my house . Why did I go to the Willowbrook mall? That’s where you go when you go to the Port Authority bus terminal, walk up the stairs of the platform next to the one you want and then get on the bus that arrives without paying attention to where it’s going. How did I do that? Absolutely beats the hell out of me although in retrospect I realize I was distracted by a couple hesitating before walking up the steps. In 40 years of commuting this is the second time I’ve wound up on the wrong bus. The first time was close to 40 years ago in a terrible snowstorm when I took the wrong bus, and wound up trudging, probably a mile, through a foot of snow to get back to where I wanted to be. I’d say this was a senior moment but that would leave me with no excuse for the error 40 years ago. What I don’t understand is that I gave the driver a bus ticket for zone 3 and the Mall is zone 6 and he just accepted it. The drivers always ask riders where they’re going if their ticket doesn’t cover the fare so I don’t know if he was just being nice to me as I’m an old man or what he was thinking but I wish he had questioned me. Once at the mall I didn’t want to have to go back into the City and then return to NJ on the right bus and I knew there was a bus that would take me to my town. So I found the bus stop and checked the schedule which told me I had just missed the bus and the next one would be in an hour. I texted the bus stop number and it didn’t show my bus on the schedule which concerned me. So I used my cellphone to make a call to NJ Transit, the first call I’ve ever made, which was unsatisfactory for different reasons but she did tell me the bus would arrive. When I boarded the bus the driver asked me if I was the customer who had called and when I said yes, she told me I didn’t have to pay as the agent had spoken with her and told her I had taken the wrong bus. Using the cellphone wasn’t easy for me and I couldn’t figure out how to disconnect when the call ended. Later on I looked at the manual and it said there is an end call icon to click on which I did not see on my phone but that may have had something to do with the fact that I was outside and it was sunny. I was very happy to be home albeit two hours later than I expected.

Aside from that it was a successful morning as I saw a number of very nice things which I’ll discuss now.

These were the American auction previews at both houses and there were many familiar names.

Sotheby’s had 13 Norman Rockwell’s up for auction while Christie’s had three. I liked them all but I’ll just link to a few.

Tender Years: Mowing the Lawn – Of the three this was the one that went for the least but I thought it the most evocative.

BLACKSMITH’S BOY – This is one of the notorious paintings from the Berkshire museum which had to fight to be allowed to put it up for auction. I wrote about this last year.

OVERHEARD LOVERS – Like Mowing the Lawn, this was a Saturday Evening Post cover.

There were two sketches by Edward Hopper at the Sotheby’s auction preview and I didn’t really think that much of them being very rough sketches. But apparently they are very significant and Sotheby’s has a long essay on Hopper and how he influenced photography. The drawings are from the collection of Steve Martin. This is a link to the essay.



Frederic Edwin Church - VALLEY OF SANTA ISABEL, NEW GRANADA – Another Berkshire painting and I can’t believe the museum felt it could let this go as it’s a fabulous, “Edenic landscape suffused in warm light and imbued with tranquility.” Very atmospheric with the sun shining down and showing its reflection in the water. Probably the best painting in the auction in my estimation and I was stunned when I saw that it hadn't sold.

Winslow Homer – BOYS FISHING, GLOUCESTER HARBOR - There were three lovely watercolors, I would be happy to see any of them hanging on my wall so I’ll just pick this one as I like what I take to be smoke from the chimney of the boat off in the distance.

Albert Bierstadt – There were three at Christie’s and two at Sotheby’s, four being typical of his landscapes but the fifth was a style I had never seen before.

Island in the Lake – This is typical and I love it for the lighting effects and the clouds and the water.

VIEW OF NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS – This is just very different, manicured foliage, much more civilized, a marina rather than a wild untamed landscape. Lovely but very different.

Thomas Moran -  There were five at Christie’s and one at Sotheby’s. Several of the Christie’s were online auctions. All were excellent and it’s hard to choose so I’ll just pick two.

The Lagoon – Like others, this one is very much in the style of Turner.

A SHOWERY DAY, GRAND CANYON – This one more in the style of the Hudson River artists, a magnificent landscape.

Andrew Wyeth – Six from Sotheby’s and two from Christie’s. I like them all so I’ll just pick this one.

PERPETUAL CARE – Always something eerie about a graveyard and the title seems to be mocking with the overgrown weeds and wilted flowers.

A few artists new to me.

William Henry Lippincott - Nantucket Beach, Idle Hours – A simple tranquil beach scene of a type like Eugene Boudin, someone I enjoy, would paint.

William J. McCloskey - Wrapped Oranges – If you read the lot essay you will see that McCloskey was a student of Thomas Eakins who in his class would have advised, "Paint an orange. After you have it done, introduce a white thing...Take an egg or an orange, a piece of black cloth, and a piece of white paper and try to get the light and color." He really captures the paper and the texture of the fruit and the colorful orange is set off by the black background.

Lilian Westcott Hale - Portrait of a Woman – I was taken by this simple pencil and charcoal sketch and the lot essay says she was considered a consummate portraitist.

James Fairman - JERUSALEM FROM THE MOUNT OF OLIVES – The European auctions were held at the same time and while there were no blockbusters and really not a lot of well-known artists there were some things that I really enjoyed. Fairman was actually an American. I thought this a beautiful landscape that shone out from the sunlight on Jerusalem from the great distance.

John Atkinson Grimshaw - OCTOBER GOLD – It’s not as apparent on the web but this painting had a wonderful glow as well and it’s such an intricate representation of the foliage.

It was also Masters week and while there was really nothing of note from the U.S. auction there was a floor with a number of items from the London auction scheduled for July. This is a link to a slideshow where you can see many brilliant paintings.

One of the paintings in the slide show is by Jacob Ochtervelt and this is another essay from Sotheby’s on the painting and he. I thought it marvelous, it very much reminded me of Gerard Ter Borch, another of the Dutch Masters I’m so fond of. My brother tells me that while Ochtervelt’s are as widespread in the United States there are many in Holland. This is a very good one. 
Restituted Ochtervelt Masterpiece Makes Auction Debut in London

This is a link to all the objects in the American auctions, Christie’s first followed by Sotheby’s, noting their realized sale prices.

Now if you still have a Flickr of interest let’s see what other pictures we found.

Andy G.


Susan with her dolly

sissy maid at work

You got me covered

As a sexy bride last night at translivings event in Bournemouth

Portrait of John Hunter in the J.C. Williamson presentation of The Kiwis, 1953(3)

Rafia T

Calli at Macy's

Facial Expression ;-)

Why less is more
Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: andyg0404 on June 02, 2018, 04:48:10 PM
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Today is a beautiful day but it was another week of on and off rain. There’s more rain in the forecast over the next few days as well. I’m wondering if it is going to continue raining until it starts snowing again.

This is one of the paintings from the London Old Masters auction I wrote about. It’s a one minute video which brings the painting to animated life and I was very impressed by it. 

Take a Walk Through a Beautiful Brueghel Landscape

I walked down to the Whitney Museum this week for their Grant Wood exhibition. It’s a beautiful new building which I’ve only visited one time previously just after it opened. It has 8 floors with art on five of them and the galleries are very large, it’s a loft style building. There are staircases inside and outside that offer a beautiful view of the Hudson River and New Jersey. I visited every floor and aside from the Wood exhibit I very much enjoyed their permanent collection display, Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1900–1960. They had 7 Edward Hopper paintings on display, several of which I’d never seen before it. It’s the most I can remember being on display aside for a Hopper show. Other nice things as well by Charles Sheeler, Thomas Hart Benton, Georgia O'Keeffe and others.  I enjoyed the Wood exhibit but he really has a very odd style, some of it is awkward and primitive. But I love his wide swaths of color depicting fields and landscape. The New York Review of Books has an essay on the exhibit which you can read at this link.  They discuss the brightness of his colors saying, “With colors heightened—the yellows are of a brightness rarely seen outside Betty Grable’s Technicolor musicals of the late 1940s—and spatial relations bending like molten glass, the elements of the natural world take on the sheen of freshly fabricated playthings.” In many of the paintings the figures that appear are tiny in contrast to the vast landscape.

These are samples from the permanent collection and the Wood exhibit.

Edward Hopper – As I’ve said numerous times Hopper is one of my favorites and the Whitney is the repository for an enormous amount of his output. After his wife passed away she bequeathed their joint collection of more than three thousand works to the Whitney. It’s always frustrated me that so little of what they own is on display so seeing seven works up was very enjoyable. I can’t remember seeing New York Interior or Apartment Houses East River.  So this was an extra treat.

New York Interior

A Woman in the Sun

Early Sunday Morning

Apartment Houses East River

Seven A.M.

Cape Cod Sunset

Railroad Crossing

Charles Sheeler – Sheeler is mostly known for his Industrial paintings and photographs. Many of the paintings have a photographic quality, he depicted factories, water towers and the like which are architecturally beautiful. Below you can see his painting of a Ford Motors plant. As well as something different, a colorful still life.

River Rouge Plant


Charles Demuth – I’ve written about Demuth and my love for his fruit and vegetable paintings, this is a painting from his later career when he practiced Precisionism. Like Sheeler this is an architectural painting of buildings in Pennsylvania.

Buildings, Lancaster

Thomas Hart Benton – Benton, like Grant Wood, was a regionalist, artists who painted scenes of the Midwest or Deep South, who rejected abstract art for representational art showing Americans depicted in everyday life.  This is a scene from the play.

Poker Night (From A Streetcar Named Desire)

Grant Wood

American Gothic – This is a painting that most people recognize even if they have no idea who Grant Wood was. It’s his iconic work and has been parodied endlessly. As the article in the NY Review mentions the author probably first came across it as a parody in Mad Magazine which is likely my first exposure to it as well.

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere – This is the my first encounter of Wood as an adult after I became aware of him as an artist and had seen American Gothic as he painted it. It’s a birds eye view of the town with a tiny Paul Revere on his tiny horse setting out to call his neighbors to arms.

Booster – This is a charcoal drawing illustration, one of several, he did for Sinclair Lewis’ Main Street.

Van Antwerp Place – This is early Wood when he had returned from Europe and was painting in an Impressionist style. Somewhat reminiscent of Van Gogh.

Woman with Plants – I liked his portraits, he was influenced by Hans Memling and Albrecht Dürer. In this one, like Memling, his woman dominates the canvas but there is another painting in the background equally interesting. The sitter was his mother.

Self-Portrait – Again, his head and shoulders dominates the portrait and you’re left to wondering what he’s thinking as he stares out at us.

Plaid Sweater – Another enigmatic stare that appealed to me. Does he wonder what he’s doing there when he could be playing with the football in his hand?

Dinner for Threshers – One of his paintings in anticipation of a mural which unfortunately was never commissioned. Rather like a Norman Rockwell. The essay on the website says about it, “Due to Wood’s meticulous, hyperrealistic style, many viewers responded to the painting as if it were a mirror of reality, writing letters questioning its accuracy. Wood countered by defending the composition as coming from his own memories of threshing season and questioning why viewers would allow him to bisect the house in a cutaway design but quibble about such details as the position of the shadows under the chickens, the dishes being in the cupboard rather than on the table, the open screen door, and the uniformity of the chairs.”

Spring Turning – This is a good example of the brightness of the colors that the article in the NY Review speaks of. It’s even more noticeable in real life. Again you have the vast expanse of the farm with the tiny figures at the bottom.

This is a link to the Overview page from the website. You can see many of the objects in it if you scroll down to Explore the Exhibition. In the links above I opted for a larger image of the painting which eliminates the brief essay about it which you can see if you go back and click on the matching picture here.

Wood was gay and this review of the exhibit from the Washington Post explores how that related to his art.

This is a review from the New York Times

So, an interesting guy and an interesting exhibit. And it was nice to go back to the Whitney and see the Hoppers.

Now let’s hop over to the Flickrs.

Andy G.


Salad days are here again.

Meijimura (2)




This boy is dressed up for a school reverse gender beauty pageant.

Wedding dress again....

maid in the kitchen

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Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: andyg0404 on June 09, 2018, 04:43:22 PM
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

This week turned out not to be the total washout predicted and today is a beautiful, warm day. Let’s hope this is a trend.

Harkening back to the auctions Sotheby’s sent me an email about this painting in their London Old Master’s auction. I thought it was very much in the style of Van Dyck, particularly the hands. I know Van Dyck was an influence and my brother said that Lely followed Van Dyck as the pre-eminent portrait painter of his time.

A Magnificent Double Portrait by Sir Peter Lely

And here’s Christie’s being taken to task for not doing its due diligence on Nazi looted art.

Did Christie’s Do Its Homework? Buyer of Nazi-Tainted Work Says No

I went back to the Met this week to see Public Parks, Private Gardens: Paris to Provence. It’s filled with Impressionist artist’s paintings of parks and flowers as well as some portraits. The bulk of the exhibit is drawn from the Met’s collection but there were also a number of things from private collections. Apparently there are issues with reproducing images on the website of items in the exhibit that are from private collections. Consequently I had to search the web to find them. Starting with the second item, the Courbet and continuing to the sixth item, Monet’s Water Lilies, all five are from private collections.

Attributed to Charles Williams or George Cruikshank - Imperial Botany – or a Peep at Josephine's Collection of Engilsh Exoticks, vide the Champion Jany 30, 1814 – This is an elaborate political cartoon showing Empress Josephine in her garden with notable figures represented as potted plants. “Wellington (on right) and Prince Regent (as Royal Sun-Flower) grew strong, while Napoleon (Crown Imperial) is a droopy weed.”

Gustave Courbet - Bouquet of Flowers – One of many still lifes in the exhibit of flowers bursting in color.

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot - In the Woods at Ville d'Avray – Woods rather than garden but still three women enjoying a pleasant day communing with nature.

Monet - Adolphe Monet in the Garden of Le Coteau at Sainte-Adresse – This is owned by Larry Ellison, founder of Oracle, and has been on display at the Met for a long time.

Gustave Caillebotte - LE PARC MONCEAU

Claud Monet – Water Lilies 1905 – I’m guessing this version is the painting from Sotheby’s auction. Monet painted so many Water Lilies paintings that’s it difficult to be sure, I found two that were painted in 1905 and I’m relying on my memory to choose this one.

Claude Monet - Garden at Sainte-Adresse – This is a companion to the Larry Ellison painting above again showing Adolphe Monet relaxing in a chair in the garden.

Edgar Degas - A Woman Seated beside a Vase of Flowers (Madame Paul Valpinçon?) – Besides being very beautiful I included this painting as it hung on the wall of our apartment in the Bronx when I was a child. My brother purchased a print for my Mother.

Claude Monet - Bouquet of Sunflowers

Van Gogh – Sunflowers – Very different sunflowers than the ones Monet painted.

Auguste Renoir - Bouquet of Chrysanthemums – Vivid, bright colors very representative of Renoir’s palette.

Claude Monet – Chrysanthemums – More subdued colors which Monet favored.

This is a link to the Overview page.

This is a link to objects in the exhibit although not all of them. For whatever reason there are only 114 images of the 150 items in the exhibit.

This is a link to videos concerning the exhibit. The one I recommend is the short clip of Monet painting in his garden. As it starts you can see the Japanese bridge he made famous in the paintings.

This is a link to an article in Forbes of all places with multiple illustrations from the exhibit.

This is a link to an installation view of the exhibit

All very beautiful making for a pleasant outing.

Now let’s visit the Flickrs.

Andy G.

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LBD '93

The legendary Richard Scheafer

Can I help you gentlemen?

Cheerleader '93


Girls night in watching movies and drinking girly cocktails <3

Two boys dressed up for gender reversal day at school.

Birmingham Belles April 2018

Title: Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
Post by: andyg0404 on June 16, 2018, 05:26:53 PM
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

This week was another double header for me, I saw two exhibits,  mostly of sculptures. First I stopped at the Frick Museum for the current exhibition, Canova's George Washington. Antonio Canova was an 18th/19th Century Italian artist who in 1816 was recommended by Thomas Jefferson to create a full-length statue of George Washington to stand in the State House in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was his only American commission. It was unveiled to great acclaim in 1821, and people traveled from far and wide to see it. Tragically, only a decade later, a fire swept through the State House, reducing the statue to just a few charred fragments. The star of the exhibit is the full-sized preparatory plaster model Canova created prior to the final marble statue. It stands alone in the Frick’s Oval room and it’s a remarkable work. This is the first time it has ever left Italy. You can see it here. In the notes it explains that he’s seated rather than standing due to size constraints in the State House in Raleigh. In addition to this there are several smaller pieces as well as some sketches by Canova and a portrait of the artist painted by Thomas Lawrence. One of the articles below discusses the nude Washington, a sculpture of Washington wearing no clothes which Canova created to study the body anatomically, a practice common to sculptures even when the final piece would be clothed. You can see that here.

This is a link to the Frick website overview page for the exhibit. Off to the left are various links to pages discussing the artist and his works as well as displaying all 13 objects in the exhibit.

This is an article from the NY Times which discusses the exhibit and the woman who arranged it.

These are two articles from the Times that also discuss the exhibit.

There are also two exhibits running concurrently with the Frick’s, a photography exhibit at the Italian consulate and an exhibit of Canova’s paintings at the Italian Cultural Institute. I’m considering visiting the painting exhibit and will write about it if I do.

I thought this a marvelous little show, a once in a lifetime chance to see a great work of art away from its far away home.

Afterwards I walked over to the Met Breuer, the Metropolitan Museums annex, to see, Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300–Now). This was also a predominantly sculptures exhibit that took over two floors of the museum. I found it rather schizophrenic insofar as most of what I viewed on the fourth floor was quite beautiful and intriguing while much of what was on the third floor I found rather grotesque. This short video from the Met is really a perfect introduction to the exhibit as it explains the impetus for it as well as showing many of the items in the exhibit.

This is a link to the Overview page for the exhibit and also off to the side are links to views of the exhibition galleries as well as selected objects in the exhibition.

These are some of the things I particularly enjoyed.

Many of the works are very life-like, such as two by Duane Hanson, an artist I’ve been familiar with for some time. He creates installations which depict people doing the things that people do, in work and at home. They are so life like that in exhibitions of his people often find themselves talking to the art thinking that it’s a real person rather than an inanimate being. There are two of his works in this exhibit.

Housepainter II – This opens the exhibit and is the first thing you see as you exit the elevator. This image from the web doesn’t convey the realism but in the Times article below there’s an enlarged illustration of the Housepainter in which you can see how real it looks.

Housewife – In this enlarged illustration you can get a better sense of the realistic portrayal of the woman.

Self-Portrait with Sculpture - John De Andrea – De Andrea, like Hanson is a 20th Century American artist. Hanson passed away in 1996 but De Andrea is still alive and working. This was my favorite piece in the exhibit. The realism is astounding. You can see De Andrea’s intense gaze at his creation which is likened to Pygmalion’s fascination with his sculpture Galatea. You fully expect the artist to get up and leave his chair when he rouses himself from his daze. Truly remarkable. The second link enlarges the image.

Bacchus - Domenico Poggini – Poggini was a 16th Century Italian sculptor. This is his full size marble statue of the God Bacchus.

Bust of Niccolò da Uzzano - Donatello – Donatello was a 15th Century Italian Renaissance sculptor. This is from the essay on the website, “Many believe that the likeness is based on a death mask... This method was considered a way of transferring and preserving the essence of the real human being. But the sense of his spirit here may have more to do with Donatello’s extraordinary ability to sculpt in color. The dynamism of the figure’s pose and folded drapery, the animation of his expression, and the realistic coloring bring him back to life, fleetingly and permanently.”

The Whistlers - Tip Toland – Toland is another American born in 1950. In the second link an article discusses this piece as well as 11 others as being the 6 Most Provocative Pairings in the exhibit. It’s paired with Portrait of a Monk by Angelo Piò, something I wanted to include but couldn’t find on the web. Another pairing of interest to the board is The Experiment by Elmgreen & Dragset and Sarah with Blue Dress by Juan Muñoz. Experiment shows a young boy in skin-tight briefs staring into a mirror, trying on a woman’s high heels and lipstick.

Pygmalion and Galatea - Jean-Léon Gérôme – This was one of the few paintings in the exhibit and explores Ovid’s tale from the Metamorphoses which I mentioned above in the notes of the De Andrea installation.

The Little Fourteen-Year-Old Dancer - Edgar Degas – Degas’ iconic little dancer was originally made of wax and fully clothed. After his death bronze castings were made of which this is one. This is from Wikipedia, “The sculpture is two-thirds life size and was originally sculpted in wax, a somewhat unusual choice of medium for the time. It is dressed in a real bodice, tutu and ballet slippers and has a wig of real hair. All but a hair ribbon and the tutu are covered in wax. The 28 bronze repetitions that appear in museums and galleries around the world today were cast after Degas' death. The tutus worn by the bronzes vary from museum to museum.”

This is a review of the exhibit from the New York Times with many illustrations.

This is a review from The New Yorker also with a number of illustrations.

This is a review from The Art Newspaper which touches on the grotesqueness of the exhibit that I found a little off-putting.

A very enjoyable show, much different from the usual art I report on.

Now for some pictures at the Flickrs.

Andy G.

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