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In our day we had curtains & blinds. We closed them when we didn't want people to see inside & opened them when we didn't care what they saw. But it was always assumed that windows are 2-way, so people will see in them. Usually we leave our curtains open all day for natural light, & it's harder to see inside, & close them at night when it's easy to see inside.

I'm seeing in modern housing, apartments & condos, hardly anyone is using any curtains & blinds anymore. Do they really expect that nobody will see inside, even if they're on an upper floor?

Curtains & blinds also can be only partially open to allow only a narrow view from outside. Or there's light colored & sheer curtains that allow lots of light in but a dull or distorted view of the inside.

If you like a wide open glass look, you should expect people to see inside.
Hi Betty,

My tech friend said exactly the same thing about the repair guys and I certainly will never use them again. If it hadn't happened on Thanksgiving the first person I called would have been my associate.

What you say about the binoculars sounds right so in this case it's not so egregious. As I recall from the previous similar incident, a photographer set up a camera and then took pictures of people in their apartments and put together a book with the pictures. The courts ruled there was nothing the people who had been photographed could do about it which I truly felt was not only outrageous but incredibly unfair.

Andy G.
I didn't think much about the delay. I thought with the holidays, you got too busy with other stuff. I wasn't gonna worry unless we didn't hear from you by Monday.

A real repair shop would have found what caused the problem, fixed it, & restored your files even if you didn't have a backup drive. Basically to wipe out a drive & do a clean fresh install of the OS, all he had to do is insert the OS istallation disk from a DVD or thumb drive, & press "install". Then come back in about 20 minutes when it's done. Windows would then get updates & drivers for it automatically.

Your emails & their drafts are stored on the internet on whatever email service/server you have. You may have a program or folder that links to them from the internet in your computer, but all that stuff is really out there stored on your email service. You can log into your email service directly from your browser of your choice to get to them too.

I'm about a week behind in clicking on all the links in your art reviews. I do too much reading, so I usually have to stall some of it for later.

Looking at the one about the binoculars on the terrace, I don't think anyone has to worry about privacy. Looking close at the binoculars in the pictures, I recognized them all small kid's toy binoculars that can be bought at Walmart or your corner drugstore for under 10 bucks. As a binocular astronomy fan, I can spot those crap toy models a mile away.

Those toy binoculars will make things look a little bigger, but the view would be a very narrow spot. The optics/lens in them are so crappy, the image would be blurry, distorted, & low contrast. You'd get a better view with more detail looking in the windows with the naked eye, than through those toys.

The binoculars may be a gimmick & attraction, but not very useful.
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

For those of you accustomed to reading the weekly Flickr on Saturday I would certainly have liked to oblige. Aside from when I moved to my current house more than ten years ago I don’t think I’ve ever missed a Saturday. Unfortunately on Thanksgiving morning I turned on my computer and nothing happened. I really will make a long story short by saying I took the computer into a local repair shop where they wiped the disk and reinstalled the operating system. Of course that left me with no programs or files. So I called an old associate of mine who does tech work and he spent the day bringing everything back to more or less the way it had been. By chance last month I bought an external drive to back up the system. He was able to retrieve everything including my emails which were the most important thing as far as the Flickr post. I do the Flickrs several weeks in advance and store the links in a draft folder. Had he not been able to retrieve my draft folder I don’t know when I would have returned to posting it as the time I spend on it each week is considerable. But I’m happy to say, here we are, so enjoy.

Other than that things are fine. We experienced two days of bitter cold weather. On my morning walk the first day it was 15 degrees while the second day it was 10 degrees. I walk for an hour and while I loathe the cold I can deal with it as I’m constantly in motion. What I can’t deal with, and is one of the contributing factors to my retirement, was waiting in sub-freezing weather for a bus to come that didn’t arrive. My last winter working I stood in 3 degrees temperature for an hour one morning waiting for the bus.  That was when I decided I couldn’t retire soon enough. But back to art.

More auctions this week; I think this does it for a while, we’ve now viewed all the major art periods.

I walked up to Sotheby’s and all I achieved was a long walk. When I went for the Impressionist preview they had highlights from the American preview. The auction was scheduled for the following Friday so I went back expecting to see the full lot. All that was up was the same highlights I had seen. I queried one of the consultants and she couldn’t tell me why, offering to have someone take me to see anything I wanted to see but I didn’t want them pulling things out of the back. She gave me the business card of a VP Specialist in American Art and I emailed her as to why the full selection wasn’t up. She wrote back and said the full collection would be up the next day. I wrote back and pointed out that the preview dates preceded that by a week which was definitely misleading. She agreed and apologized and said she would personally contact me prior to upcoming auctions so as to give me the heads up. Not being a billionaire I wrote back and said it was very nice of her to reach out but that I kept a close eye on the website and as long as the preview schedule was accurate I would be fine. Her being so accommodating is an example of the concept that on the Internet nobody knows you’re not a billionaire. Which is homage to this old cartoon from the New Yorker.

I hadn’t planned on going back but the next day was such a beautiful day, albeit a little chilly, I decided to go. I initially thought the collection still wasn’t up because there were a  number of things I didn’t see. I asked at the counter and was sent to a young man who showed me several of the things I missed. But for whatever reason there were a few things missing from the wall that I would have liked to see, a Winslow Homer and a Thomas Moran for two. But the rest was very nice. I’ll link to a few things below. 

Edward Hopper – Two Comedians – This is Hopper’s last painting and he and his wife Jo, a model for many of his paintings, are the two comedians bowing off the stage. I linked to this with the last Sotheby’s post but I love Hopper so I’m including it again as I said I would. Perhaps my last chance of seeing it as it will more than likely wind up in some billionaire’s living room. Or worse, in some Asian Country from which it will never be seen again.

Jasper Cropsey – Mediterranean Ruins – There was a collection of Hudson River painters and those are always enjoyable. I liked this fairly large landscape and it appears so did Cropsey. After he painted it he retained it to hang in his studio where it remained until he died. The notes say he was fond of the Italian landscape which he visited often in the 1840s and 1850s.

Winslow Homer – The Life Brigade – A watercolor – There were several items that had been on display and taken down leaving just the card on the wall and I was disappointed as one of them was a Homer and another was a Moran. Below the Homer is the Moran that was up.

Thomas Moran – Big Springs in Yellowstone Park – Another watercolor – There’s a long essay on the website describing how this painting came about. I’ve truncated it to 3 paragraphs below. 

“In March 1871, the United States Congress appropriated $40,000 for the geological survey of the Yellowstone Territories to be led by Dr. Ferdinand V. Hayden, under the direction of the Secretary of the Interior, Columbus Delano. Along with his team of scientists and geologists, Hayden invited Thomas Moran and photographer William Henry Jackson to document the inherent artistic beauty of the region’s dramatic landscape.“

“Big Springs in Yellowstone Park is a stunning example of Moran’s artistic capabilities as both a colorist and draughtsman. Showcasing his mastery of the medium, the present watercolor depicts the expedition’s survey of the geothermal springs at Yellowstone. The striking modulation of color and deft handling of multiple washes of watercolor echoes the work of J.M.W. Turner.”

“Upon his return from the survey, Hayden wrote a complete account of his scientific findings and experiences. Illustrated with Moran’s sketches and Jackson’s photographs, Hayden’s report was presented to Congress in March 1872, alongside a bill that proposed to block the Yellowstone area from private land development. Since most members of Congress had never seen the region’s geological marvels, Moran’s sketches were fundamental to the Committee’s appreciation of Yellowstone’s natural artistic wonder. On March 1, after the bill passed unanimously in Congress, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the act establishing Yellowstone National Park into law. Yellowstone became the first official national park, not only in the United States, but anywhere in the world.”

So we have Moran to thank for this and other National treasures.

Norman Rockwell - TIRED SALESGIRL ON CHRISTMAS EVE – There were five Rockwell’s and below are two of them. Both of them were painted as Saturday Evening Post covers and whoever wins the auction will receive a copy of the magazine as well which is a rather neat bonus.


Maxfield Parrish – Dupont Mural – This is a very large painting, 12ft wide x 7ft high. In the gallery there is no space between the panels and I thought it was one large canvas. I say this every time I show one of his works but he always achieved a special effect with the way the colors come off the canvas and I wondered how he did it.  Wikipedia explains it thus, “He achieved such luminous color through glazing. This process involves applying alternating bright layers of oil color separated by varnish over a base rendering.”

Andrew Wyeth - THE JAMES PLACE – I discovered Wyeth a few years ago and I’ve come to enjoy the simplicity of his paintings. His buildings look lived in and his landscapes seem natural as do his people.

The Heartfelt Story Behind Grant Wood’s Portrait of his Sister – This is an article about a painting of Grant Wood’s sister Nan which I surmise has been withdrawn from the auction as it no longer appears on the list with the other lots. She was his model for many paintings especially American Gothic. The image of her in that painting elicited hurtful comments about her stern appearance and to make it up to her he painted this portrait which the article says endows her with a Mona Lisa quality. He said that he painted it as a gift for her but it’s the only painting of his he kept his entire life.

I also visited Christie’s for their American art auction preview. It was a smaller group than Sotheby’s but there were some very nice Hudson river paintings which I’ll link to below. The first four are gorgeous landscapes by three artists I love who weren’t represented in the Sotheby’s auction.

Sanford Robinson Gifford - White Mountain Scenery

Sanford Robinson Gifford - Lake Winnipesaukee

Frederic Edwin Church - On Otter Creek

Albert Bierstadt - Lake Tahoe, California

Jasper Francis Cropsey - The Home and Studio of Thomas Cole, Catskill, New York – This is wonderful pencil sketch which I wish I was able to enlarge more than the site allows. It’s from an online auction not the main auction and the website treats online auctions differently in sizing. Cole is considered one of the fathers of the Hudson River group and artists like Cropsey visited and paid homage to him.

Thomas Moran – Jumièges and Ponts de St. Cloud et De Sévres: A Pair of Works – Moran was a follower of JMW Turner as I’ve mentioned previously. He identified these paintings as being, “after Turner”, Jumieges is a watercolor copy of Turner’s engraving.

Thomas Moran - Venetian Scene – Moran painted many Venetian scenes and they are really evocative of Turner.

Winslow Homer - Arthur B. Homer and Entrance to Roslin Chapel: A Double-Sided Work – Homer isn’t part of the Hudson river group but he’s also someone I love. This drawing of his younger brother was done when he was 17 years old, another precocious artist.

Georgia O'Keeffe - The Red Maple at Lake George – I’ll end with this colorful depiction of a leaf. It’s a nice addition to the other O’Keeffe’s I discussed that recently went for big bucks. There’s a very long essay on the painting at the website.

Let’s visit the Flickrs now.

Andy G.


Gothic Lady in red

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Hi Betty, I came here as usual on Saturday to see andyg's post and I see he has not posted anything since last week. I hope all is well and he is just away visiting his brother or something. Will check back in the morning and hope all is OK.
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« Last post by Angela M... on November 23, 2018, 11:44:44 PM »
Hope you and the kitties had a good Thanksgiving Betty. As you mentioned your sister will come to visit soon and bringing food and pies, my favourite food, well any baked goods to be honest. I am glad you still have your sister to visit you. Mine does not drive and lives across town so we don't see each other often. She retired two years ago but looks after her husband who has MS among other things so she does not get out much. I drop off British magazines and food stuff from over home once in awhile as I did with mom when she was alive. I don't see my brother very often as he works away from home quite often in the U.S. or England. Funny the older we get the less we see each other and that is the time we need each other more. Anyway have a good weekend Betty.
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« Last post by Betty on November 23, 2018, 04:21:44 AM »
Thanks. I hope everyone had a good holiday.

People with COPD can't really have a feast. Eating much causes the breathing to go out of control. So one must eat much smaller but more frequent meals. Just tiny meals 4-5 times a day with small snacks in between. It should be easily digestible food or it causes us to breathe too hard.

I did set aside some stuff for the holiday though. Had some home made lemon pudding, & some chocolate pudding for lunch. I had a little chicken, carrots, & mashed potato with gravy for dinner -- that's all my COPD handle in a single meal. Made a small batch without spices for the kitties too.

Wednesday, I did have ramen with some vegetable cocktail (mostly tomato juice) & spices in it. It tasted almost like some decent spaghetti.

Some time this weekend or Monday my sister will be in town with some Thanksgiving leftovers & pie. Most of my surviving family live pretty far away these days, & it's way out of my price range to live anywhere near where they do.

The leftovers will probably be way too much more than I can eat before it spoils, so except for the pies, it will be frozen until I use up the pies first. These pies usually turn to mush by freezing & thawing them, so should be consumed first. The rest of the leftovers will probably be added to my regular meals for weeks to come... lots of turkey/ramen stews & soups.

I spent a lot of time Thanksgiving tracking down some TV shows & movies that my sister missed to give her when she gets to town.

Eating more than normal tired me out more though, so I was pretty lazy & tired after lunch. After dinner, the kitties & I really needed a nap.

But I stay up most of the night. I breathe better at night when air pollution is lower outside, indoor building pollution is lower, the air is cooler, & humidity is lower. My internet & web server speeds are faster overnight too. So I'm almost always a night-owl these days, except when I have too much to do in the daytime. But most of what I do, I can do either at night or in the day.

So I actually usually go to bed after breakfast before or after dawn, & get up for lunch. But if it's only been a few hours of sleep, I'll need a nap after dinner too.

This works out with the cats too, because they want a nap just about the same time I need to. So we can all pile together for nap time. I'm on cat daylight savings time.
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« Last post by Angela M... on November 22, 2018, 10:58:00 AM »
A Big HAPPY THANKSGIVING to andyg, Betty and all our friends here from the U.S. hope you all have a great day.
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« Last post by andyg0404 on November 21, 2018, 11:26:50 AM »
Happy Thanksgiving to Betty and all the members of the board who celebrate the Holiday. Hope it's a day you all can get together with family and friends and enjoy a nice meal. Betty, I hope you'll have more than Ramen for the Holiday.

Best regards

Andy G.
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

We had our first snowstorm this week, a little early in the season but hopefully not a harbinger of what’s to come. Especially since it was predicted to be minor with 1-3 inches and we wound up with 6-8 inches. Today is a much more pleasant day. The aftermath of the storm in New Jersey and New York is very different. We had piles of snow in the streets and many sidewalks uncleaned while in New York much of the snow had been cleared away. What surprised me were the number of branches that had been knocked off of trees in Manhattan, I can’t ever remember seeing so many.

This week I had the pleasure of going to Christie’s Contemporary and Impressionist art auction preview. Among the large amount of art on display were two outstanding collections. Barney Ebsworth and Herbert and Adele Klapper. I thought the bidding was going to go through the roof for these works as they are really of fine quality and you can see from this article and video that I was right.

I really hope these paintings don’t wind up in some distant foreign land where we won’t be able to see them again.

This is a long, well-illustrated essay on Barney Ebsworth and his collection.

This is Christie’s press release announcement.

This is two articles discussing the Edward Hopper painting that is the star of this auction and, of course, my favorite item in it. It set a record for the artist. It’s so famous that when my brother first saw the announcement he echoed my thoughts and said that he had seen it in so many exhibits he had no idea it was in a private collection. The first article mentions that it had been a promised gift to the Seattle Art Museum but Ebsworth’s children decided to put it on the block instead.

This is an essay on the Christie’s website which discusses the lives and collection of Herbert and Adele Klapper.

This is the Christie’s press release announcement.

These are some of the many things that I enjoyed. Some of them have long essays with interesting background on the artist and the work.

These are the two Hopper paintings for sale, an oil and a watercolor. Chop Suey is so iconic and has been in so many exhibitions that as my brother said it was surprising to discover it was still in private hands. You can see on the website the dozens of exhibits it appeared in since it was first shown in Rochester, New York in 1930. I love Hopper so you can imagine how pleased I was to get this opportunity to see it for what may be the final time although I certainly hope not.

Edward Hopper – Chop Suey

Edward Hopper - Cottages at North Truro

Charles Demuth is another American artist I’ve written about many times, each of his watercolors is a treat to see. I wish I was one of the billionaires who do the actual bidding in these auctions as waking up to a Demuth on the wall would be very pleasant indeed.

Charles Demuth – Fruit and Flower

Charles Demuth - Three Lilies – This is unfinished and I assumed he had been working on it at his death but he had painted it a number of years prior. It left me wondering if he deliberately left it unfinished or abandoned it to work on something else and never went back to it. The little bit of color on the pencil drawing is very light and delicate.

Albert Bierstadt - Western Landscape – This is a lovely little landscape, 7” x 10”, showing a mountain lake in pure untouched serenity.  I’ve enlarged it in the second link.

I’ve also written about Charles Sheeler whose paintings of industrial sites can seem almost photographic. There are two works of his in this auction, one an industrial scene and the other a still life of a pitcher, a vase and a glass with water and a leaf in it.  The essays on each site explain his work as a photographer and then his translation of that into the paintings. I think what draws me to Sheeler’s paintings is their geometric appearance, the same thing that allows me to enjoy Mondrian’s geometric paintings. The still life was a bit of a surprise as I don’t think I’ve come across many of those before.

Charles Sheeler – Cat-walk

Charles Sheeler – Still Life

I refer to Mondrian above and this is one of six paintings in the Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale by that artist, all ironically landscapes. I’m not sure I’ve ever come across a landscape by him before and here we have six. This is one of them. The second link is an enlargement. 

Vincent Van Gogh - Coin de jardin avec papillons – This is the start of the Klapper’s  collection, there’s very little I need to say about these paintings, they’re all by major Impressionist artists and of fine quality. The second link is to a video and essay on the painting. I was very surprised that it didn’t sell falling $10M short of the $40M low range estimate. My brother, who is far more knowledgeable about art than I am, had said he thought it wasn’t a major painting and didn’t think it would live up to the pre-auction hype.

There are six paintings by Monet in this auction and all of them are going to go for many millions of dollars. These two will bring the biggest yield.

Claude Monet - Le bassin aux nymphéas – This is a large painting roughly 3ft x 6 1/2ft and one of the 60 Nympheas paintings he executed. It was the top lot of the night, selling for $28M to an anonymous Asian buyer. Hark back to my concern about where these paintings would land. The price, however, was still below the $30M-$50M estimate.

Claude Monet - L’Escalier à Vétheuil – This is a depiction of the stairs on the property on which he and his family lived and is one of a series of paintings.

Claude Monet - Vue du village de Giverny – When I approached this painting I assumed it was by Cezanne or Pissarro and was surprised to see it identified as Monet. But the essay explains that the period when this was painted was one of turmoil for the artists as some of them were moving towards Post Impressionism. This is an excerpt from the lot essay.  “In the present painting, however, he came as close as he ever would to a Post-Impressionist interpretation of the landscape, transmuting the forms of the natural world into an abstract order. More characteristic of Cézanne than Monet, Vue du village de Giverny is first and foremost a carefully composed patchwork of formal elements—different shapes, colors, and textures—that takes priority over the depiction of a particular place under specific conditions of weather and light. Rather than a panoramic landscape in the conventional sense, the painting represents a constructive transformation of a corner of the countryside, seemingly viewed at close range and excerpted from a larger whole.”

Paul Cézanne - Vue d’Auvers-sur-Oise—La Barrière – I thought it appropriate to follow with the only painting by Cezanne in the auction. This is his earliest Impressionist work which was exhibited at the First Impressionist Exhibition. He had been working with Pissarro and it was Pissarro who arranged for the painting to be in the exhibition despite objections from the other artists. It was also the first painting to be sold outside of his immediate circle. The second link is an enlargement.

Camille Pissarro - La Rue Saint-Lazare, temps lumineux – There were six paintings by Pissarro in the auction and this one was my favorite and apparently was the favorite of the bidders as it had by far the highest pre-sale estimate. It closed just above the high end. I love the busy City street with the people and the carriages. I’ve enlarged it in the second link.

The Klappers owned six bronze statues by Degas as well as this lovely pastel depiction of dancers.

Edgar Degas - Quatre danseuses

Edgar Degas - Préparation à la danse, pied droit en avant

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec – Danseuse – It’s appropriate to follow Degas with this Lautrec as he idolized Degas and followed in his footsteps at depicting the dancers at the ballet. Unfortunately for him, according to the lot essay Degas never acknowledged him whether due to being annoyed at his idolatry or feeling a moral sense of distaste since Lautrec’s dancers came from the lower forms of entertainment.

This was just an extraordinary visit for me seeing so many brilliant paintings. Both Ebsworth and the Klappers had exquisite taste to go with their riches.

Elsewhere in the art world was this story which I really find outrageous. A similar situation arose a few years ago in New York City and had an unsatisfactory outcome as I remember. Very ingenuous to say you put in picture windows so you’re not entitled to privacy.

As Angry Neighbors Sue Tate Modern Over Peeping Visitors, an Artist Installs Binoculars on Its Terrace to Better View the ‘Art’

On that outraged note let’s visit the Flickrs.

Andy G.

Another Himekaji shot from our time in Puroland (Hello Kitty Land)!!!

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Pvc maid's outfit.

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