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Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Well here we are at another end to my favorite season, all too quickly as far as I’m concerned. Contrary to all the suffering that’s going on due to these horrific hurricanes the weather here in New Jersey has been remarkably beautiful. And it looks like we’re heading into a heat wave of a few days before it starts to cool down for the Fall. The prognosticators are calling for a wet Winter here and I’m hoping they’re misinformed. I can live with the rain although I always hope it comes when I’m asleep and not when I’m on my walks but I really dislike snow. It comes and causes chaos and then lingers causing additional annoyance. I guess I’ll take solace for the moment that the snow, if it comes, is still a few months away.

TCM frustrated me this week with disruptions of service. I’m accustomed to watching at least one movie a day from their on-demand service and it wasn’t working properly for most of the week.  I Googled the problem and it’s an issue other people have and one that has been a problem in the past. What made it especially odd is that newer movies would play while older movies wouldn’t. And the real time feed for movies worked fine, they played on the computer just like on your television. As I said, it was very frustrating. I wound up watching movies on Youtube for a few days. This is not the best solution as many of the movies on Youtube are badly edited, most likely taken from television viewings where commercials have been removed and which already had been badly cut. And the overall quality of the films is inferior; I watched Something to Sing About with Jimmy Cagney from 1937 and it was hard to see due to the darkness of the print. But it’s back and I’m happy. Last night I watched Ninotchka with Greta Garbo and Melvin Douglas which was wonderful. It’s a comedy that was publicized with the tagline Garbo laughs. This hearkens back to her first talking picture, Anna Christie, which was publicized as Garbo talks. It was her next to last film, made in 1939, and she lost out on the Academy Award as Gone With The Wind swept the Oscars. Her final film was not a success and she retired from acting becoming more a less a recluse and New York legend.

Like Asian art, sculpture is something that I’ve only come to appreciate in the last few years. The breakthrough for me was the 2014 exhibit, The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux at the Met. The show was filled with many beautiful objects by the 19th Century French Sculptor but his masterpiece was Ugolino and his Sons which you can revisit here This sad marble depicts Canto XXXIII of Dante's Inferno. In the story, the Pisan count Ugolino is sentenced to die in a tower prison with his children and grandchildren. Carpeaux shows Ugolino at the moment where he considers cannibalism. The statue is on view in the Met’s sculpture Garden.

I had occasion to view it again this week as I went back to the Met for their recently opened exhibit, Rodin at the Met. The exhibit celebrates the Centenary of Rodin’s passing as well as the Met’s collection of his work. A number of items have been brought out of storage for this show which takes place in the corridor outside the European painting rooms with the Impressionists. On the walls are paintings by several of his friends and contemporaries, Renoir, Monet and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes. Many of the works were purchased directly from the sculptor by Met benefactors.

This is a bronze bust of Chavannes which the wall card said reveals the "enthusiasm and veneration" with which Rodin said he modeled the original clay likeness. Chavannes was less than pleased saying Rodin had sculpted a caricature.

In an adjoining room on display were drawings by Rodin as well as photographs of his sculptures by Edward Steichen.

This is The Golden Age which is in a much more finished state than most of his drawings.

Final Study for the Monument to Balzac – This great work was misunderstood by critics as you can see below in this quote from the website.

In 1891 Rodin was commissioned to construct a posthumous monument to the illustrious literary figure Honoré de Balzac. It took the sculptor seven years to arrive at the final study from which this bronze was cast. Gaze fixed toward the horizon, a disheveled Balzac leans back, his body transformed by a shapeless oversize cloak into a dense and formidable monolith. Today Balzac’s shrouded figure is understood to be symbolic of the author’s imposing genius. Contemporary viewers, however, were baffled by its inarticulate form. The work provoked harsh criticism upon its debut in 1898, but Rodin defended it, explaining that "a man celebrated for his heart and mind should not be [represented by] his body."

In 1908 Rodin moved a plaster version of his sculpture to his garden where Edward Steichen made a number of photographs at night. When Rodin was presented with the pictures he was very pleased and said to Steichen, "You will make the world understand my Balzac through your pictures. They are like Christ walking on the desert."

No pun intended but I think this must be his most well-known work, The Thinker. It was created to sit atop another of his monumental works, The Gates of Hell at the Musée Rodin. This link to Wikipedia discusses its origins.

The one in the Met show is one of about 28 versions as mentioned in the Wikipedia article.

I think I enjoy his marble works the most.

Orpheus and Eurydice – This depicts the moment just before Orpheus turns to look at Eurydice dooming her back to Hades.

The Tempest - Rodin unleashes sound from stone, giving voice to the shrieking figure emerging from the marble. Will this banshee apparition remain enchained by the braids that bind her? Or will her streaming tresses dissolve the block of marble to free her?

Pygmalion and Galatea – In this sculpture Rodin sculpted Pygmalion in his likeness rather than as a handsome youth while also inscribing his name on the base of next to Pygmalion.

Madame X (Countess Anna-Elizabeth de Noailles) – This bust, done on commission, was rejected by the Countess due to Rodin’s obscuring the details of her hair and face. And she especially disliked the way he did her nose. It was given the title Madame X when purchased for the Met directly from the sculptor.

I’ll close with two more bronzes.

The Weeping Burgher (Andrieu d'Andres) – This is a study for Rodin’s monumental The Burghers of Calais which is based on an incident that took place at the end of the Hundred Years War between the English and the French.

This is a link to the Wikipedia page that discusses the Burghers of Calais.

And this is the actual monument which I visited in the sculpture court where Ugolino also resides.

This is a link to all the objects in the exhibit.

This is a link to a photographic essay from the website about the installation.

This is a link to a website with some nice screen captures of selected objects, some linked above and others I didn’t link to.

The show just opened so it hasn’t been reviewed yet but I’m sure the reviews will be laudatory, it was a grand exhibit.

And now let’s fall into Flickr.

Andy G.

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« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2017, 05:12:04 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

This has not been a pleasant week for me as I’ve been ill. I woke up on Tuesday morning and realized that I had somehow caught a cold. It’s been several years since my last cold and this one really came out of nowhere. I took some pills to stop my nose running and just generally felt lousy. Then the next day I woke up and I was really sick, not only was I unable to do any of my exercise routine I was literally off balance, stumbling around the house. I came downstairs in the morning and just sat in my chair for an hour before I got up and sat in front of the computer for a while. That night I got hardly any sleep at all. I’m starting to feel somewhat better today but I’m still weak and unsteady. I wonder if it was a milder form of the flu, the last time I remember feeling this bad was when I actually had the flu but this couldn’t compare to that in intensity. When I was working I usually got the flu shot in early September since there was a Duane Reade around the corner from my office but this year, being retired, I felt I would just wait until I go for my annual checkup in late October. I wonder if I should revisit that idea.

Monday, before I caught the cold, I found myself back at the Met again, I certainly get my money’s worth from my membership, this time for their latest Chinese exhibit, Streams and Mountains without End: Landscape Traditions of China. This is another instance of the Met rolling out portions of its vast collection supplemented in part by a few loans. It’s really just a reinstallation of the gallery. The website states that it will be shown in three rotations which I’ve entered on my calendar so as to remember when to go again. One of the paintings is by Chi-Chien Wang better known as C. C. Wang, a 20th Century Chinese landscape painter. He was also a collector and in 1998 donated 25 of the paintings in his collection to the museum. At the time of his death in 2003 there were 275 paintings left in his collection and a lawsuit was filed the day of his funeral in probate court. Wikipedia says that as of 2008 they remained missing while also citing a Chinese newspaper report from 2003 which purported to show a handwritten note by Wang accusing a family member of stealing the paintings. At any rate the Met is very lucky to have received those that they did.

C. C. Wang  - Landscape No. 882

Other interesting items are below. Be sure to enlarge them to appreciate the details.

Square-form vase with decoration of Su Shi’s Former and Latter Rhapsodies on the Red Cliff – In addition to the scrolls and tapestries, there were objects like this beautiful vase with a painting of a boat drifting down the river. Being square accommodated two sides of art with two sides of poetry. Right next to it was another vase which I can’t link to as it’s from a private collection and there is no image available.

Su Xuejin - The immortal Magu with a deer -  A strikingly beautiful piece of porcelain. As you can see, it wasn’t just paintings that drew my interest in this exhibit.

Mythical Realm – A colorful hand painted tapestry suitable for a birthday celebration.

Hou Maogong - Lofty Mountains – Colorful long hanging scroll of landscape art showing two scholars with their assistants having a conversation at the very bottom.

Playing the zither for a crane – This painting is by an unidentified artist from the 16th Century Ming Dynasty.  Something about the enormous landscape with the tiny man sitting in his tiny hut playing his instrument for his pet crane which is standing outside the hut tickles me.

Xu Yang - The Qianlong Emperor's Southern Inspection Tour, Scroll Four: The Confluence of the Huai and Yellow Rivers – There were several enormously long scrolls of which this is one. It’s approximately 36 feet long by 2 feet high and the illustration is of a segment. There’s a lot to see as you walk along in front of it following the progress of the Emperor and seeing further on the preparations being made for his eventual arrival. Another scroll, similarly enormous, isn’t illustrated on the website but a note on the card said that it took the artist 18 months to complete.

This is a link to all the images in the exhibit.

This is an illustrated review from the NY Times.

I look forward to the second rotation in January of next year.

Let’s visit the Flickrs now and see if there’s anyone from the East.

Andy G.

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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2017, 04:48:27 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

This is an early Flickr as I will be out all day tomorrow.

I had occasion to visit Sotheby’s this week for their American art auction preview. It was a small show, all on one floor, with no blockbusters but many beautiful things. Here are some of the items I particularly enjoyed.

Irving Ramsay Wiles - REYNOLDS MILLER – I thought it was appropriate to start with a boy in a dress.

Albert Bierstadt - MOUNTAIN LANDSCAPE – There were four small Bierstadt’s and I could have picked any of them but I thought this depiction of the snow covered mountains and the lush greenery nicely showed off the pristine beauty of the landscape.

Jasper Francis Cropsey - LAKE GEORGE – Cropsey is another of my favorites and this Autumn scene with the brown foliage is quietly restful. You can just barely make out the two men and the sailboat at the edge of the water.

Francis Augustus Silva - EARLY MOONRISE, CONEY ISLAND – I’ve said it before, I’m a sucker for a moon in paintings and this being in the center of the frame immediately catches your eye as it illuminates the waves rolling in to the shore, rather rough waves it looks like, could be trouble for the ship off in the distance.

Reginald Marsh - CONSTRUCTION, STEEL WORKERS – This is, to my eyes, a rather uncharacteristic style for Marsh who usually paints men and women in crowd scenes in front of a movie or on the beach. I like the geometric layout and the way you see through the structure of the girders.

Norman Rockwell - STUDY FOR 'THE THING TO DO WITH LIFE IS LIVE IT!' (OUTRIGGER CANOE) – Here’s another unusual  style, almost Gauguin like, from Norman Rockwell.

John Singer Sargent - PORTRAIT OF EDWIN GREENE – Always nice to come across a Sargent, this one a charcoal portrait.

Frederic Remington - ON THE WAY TO THE PLATTE – Nice ink drawing of a man leading a wagon train.

George Henry Smillie - VILLA ARCOMATIC, LAKE COMO – This beautiful watercolor is my favorite of the lot. It’s by a minor artist who I’m unfamiliar with but it’s the kind of art that I can imagine waking up to everyday and smiling when I look at it. It’s really reasonably priced with an estimate of $5-$7K and if I bid on things like this I would bid on this.

A nice collection I think. I was surprised Christie’s didn’t have a concurrent auction but nothing shows on their calendar.

This is a link to the website with all the items in the auction.

And now it’s time for the Flickrs.

Andy G.

Some new pix at this link

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« Reply #3 on: October 07, 2017, 07:10:26 AM »
That flu sounds scary.  I have stage 3 copd and am really afraid of flus and colds.  I carry a small squirt of hand sanitizer for my public outings.  Hope this post finds you well...  Love the "Boy In A Dress".  Thanks

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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2017, 04:36:45 PM »
At this stage, a flu would probably kill me. He's still pretty healthy & gets plenty of exercise, so I'm hoping he'll be OK. It sounds like just a bad cold though. I get those at least a couple times a year but so far none of them was bad enough to be hospitalized. Just made me miserable, & couldn't move around much without gasping for air.

I actually had to wear a diaper during my last cold. I was gasping for air so bad just trying to walk to the bathroom, that I was afraid I was gonna mess my underwear because I couldn't make it there soon enough. I'll tell you, once you start desperately breathing hard, it makes you need to go pee & poo even more & makes it harder to hold in!

I was lucky though, never messed the diaper except once with just a couple drops of pee. So I was able to save rest of the disposables for the next time.

I can't go anywhere without my breathing getting bad. I have to keep my air filtered, & somewhat climate controlled just to do anything inside. Even going out to sit on the porch on the best days, my breathing starts to get worse after about 30-60 minutes. I can't walk more than a couple doors down without totally getting out of breath. Just going down the stairs I have to catch my breath for 10 minutes. Going back up, I have to rest for 10 minutes halfway, & then another 10 minutes when I go the rest of the way.

So I'm home-bound. The only time I step out of my place is to answer the door or check my mail twice a week. Most of my stuff is paperless, so I only get junk mail most of the time. When people drop off stuff to fix, they have to carry it up, & carry it back down themselves.

Most of the time my only view of outside is through my small window. It's like being in prison except I have cats, radio, TV, music, & computers. It's a small place too.

One good thing though. It's been almost 2 years since my condition has gotten any worse. It's stabilized. So at least I can get used to it & adapt better, instead of it spiraling worse out of control every month. 2 years ago, the doctors & I didn't expect me to be here by 2017. I'll probably be here for 2018 too, unless I get a bad flu.

A bad flu is what destroyed my lungs, & gave me a heart attack in the first place. I died twice that night! Nasty stuff! Before that flu I was running, jumping, climbing, bicycling, & swimming better than most people half my age. I didn't even know a flu could cause permanent lung damage, until it happened to me.

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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2017, 05:16:31 PM »
hi betty,this cold weather must be trying you allot.When i get flu ,i also get bronchitis and because i smoke this in turns make me end up in bed or worse in hospital.As you get older the body cannot cope or takes twice as long to deal with.this in turn  slows  your body  down .I am not house bound ,but walking up and down 2 flights of stairs is now taking its toll.

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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2017, 10:09:28 PM »

I'm feeling better but I think the virus hasn't quite exited my system yet. I spent the day in New Haven with a friend who said immediately she could tell that I wasn't in my normal state. I still haven't started doing any of my exercises again and when I do I'll probably start off slowly and not try to do the full routine which consists of two six mile rides on the stationery bicycle and one three mile walk. Had a great day of art which I'll probably discuss in next week's Flickr.

Andy G.

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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2017, 10:56:37 PM »
Hey andyg0404,
I am glad you are feeling better as it does take us longer to recover as we get older. I got the Flu just after Christmas this year and had it for almost three months off and on. I could not shake it for very long. Hope you continue to get better. I will need to get my Flu shot again this year as my doctor insists with my imune system being very low due to all the meds I take. I am glad you got to go visit New Haven and your friend. As usual your gallery visit was a joy to read and I look forward to reading every week even if I don't make it on Saturday nights as much as before.  Thanks again for you weekly commentary.

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« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2017, 02:55:37 PM »
...this cold weather must be trying you allot.When i get flu ,i also get bronchitis and because i smoke this in turns make me end up in bed or worse in hospital... I am not house bound ,but walking up and down 2 flights of stairs is now taking its toll.

Actually, on average, I do much better in the cold weather... except on damp or humid days, or when the air pressure is low. The air pressure has to be above 30 inches (above average) for me to have a fair day. But there is more a fear of those colds & flus with the cold weather. Even outside, I do better in the cold. It has to get down below 15F (-9C) before it gets so cold to make my breathing worse.

Hot days aren't too bad if the humidity is low & the air pressure is up. But that's rare around here being downwind from the Great Lakes in hot weather. Usually if it's hot, it's muggy & steamy, & the air pressure is usually low on summer days.

Smoking is for the young. No matter what it takes, you have to give it up when you're older -- it's a matter of life or death. You might try the electric cigarettes to get used to not smoking & kick the habit. They're a lot less harmful than real cigarettes. They come in kinds with nicotine so you can get used to not smoking. Nicotine is a relatively harmless (but an addictive drug) compared to all the other nasty stuff in smoke. You can choose the amount of nicotine in electric cigarettes, to cut back gradually. They come in all sorts of cool flavors including the taste of your regular cigarettes.

After you get used to using the electric ones with no nicotine at all in them for a couple months you can quit them too. Maybe get some gum or a chewing toy to support the nervous habit of getting used to handling & puffing on cigarettes.

I used just a tiny pinch of wintergreen chewing tobacco to chew on when I got the urge to smoke. You don't need gobs of it like baseball players used decades ago. You just take a tiny pinch of modern chew between your gums & cheek to suck on for flavor & gradually absorb the nicotine. When the flavor is gone, them you chew it for more flavor. Tiny pinches at a time of modern chew are even safe to swallow after chewed, rather than spit up, unless you have a sensitive stomach.

I quit cigarettes years before I got any COPD. With the taxes on them, they got to be almost $10 a pack in my state, & it was getting too difficult to get them illegally tax free anywhere anymore. So it just got too impractical to support the habit. It's good thing though. I imagine I'd be much worse or dead by now if I still smoked by the time I got COPD. Years before quitting I was already down to only a pack or 2 a week. Then 10-14 cigarettes a week. So by the time I switched to electric ones it was easier for me, & easier to totally quit.

But quitting was a evolutionary process. I tried to quit before & started again. One time about 20 years ago, I quit for 2 years, but was stupid enough to start again. But each time I re-started I tried to smoke less than before. If you can't quit, it's always healthier to smoke less. And the less you smoke the easier it becomes to finally quit once & for all.

It another words, it's always best to try to quit or cut back as often as you can than, even if you fail, than not to try at all. You'll find each time you try, it gets a little bit easier the next time, so you can eventually quit.

I have the strength for stairs, & still keep as fit as possible. My muscles, & bones don't get sore. I just get out of breath rather easily & quickly. More some days than others. Even my severe back pain is gone most days because I don't do any heavy lifting, shoveling, & climbing anymore.

On a bad day when I'm gasping for air just walking to the bathroom, nothing is getting done that day. On a good day it may take an hour or 2 to sweep the kitchen, because I have to frequently stop to catch my breath. For a normal person it would have took 10-20  minutes. That's the frustrating thing... when I am breathing fair enough, it still takes a really long time to get my chores done.

And because I have so many bad days when nothing to get done. When I have a good day things have fell behind so much, I have to rush around as best I could to do as much as possible, because I don't know if my breathing will get worse again in an hour or the next day.

I even prepare my meals way in advance on a good day, then I can or freeze them so I can easily have a good meal on a bad day. Still living on Ramen soup, rice, beans, oatmeal, powdered milk, homemade bread, & coffee a lot anyway, because I really can't afford other food most of the time. I make lots of bread all at once, freeze it, & cook down a lot of rice & beans, then can it for later.

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« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2017, 05:07:59 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

I think the virus has finally left my body so the other day I decided to start exercising again. I planned on going slowly and working back up to my regular routine. On Thursday I awoke and did my stretching exercises and pushups, then ran around the inside perimeter of my house. Finally I started to run up and down the steps ten times. On my first trip back down the steps I stumbled about three or four steps from the bottom and fell. I have a banister and I’m not sure if I grabbed for it and missed or just didn’t react quickly enough but consequently I fell to the ground with a thump. And immediately realized I was very lucky that I hadn’t broken my hip as it was remarkably sore. It’s still sore but I don’t think I’ve done any permanent damage. I got up and went and sat in my chair for a few minutes to recover then went upstairs and rode the stationary bicycle. Yesterday and today I rode the bicycle again, once, and didn’t do any of the other exercises. I think I’ll wait another few days before I add the warm up and running back to my routine and then build up to the two bike rides and long walk slowly. It becomes harder to bounce back as we age and this was an excellent reminder of that for me.

The reason I published last week’s Flickr a day early is that I took my friend up to New Haven to visit the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art which is directly across the street. New Haven is a two hour ride on the Metro North railroad so it was a very long day. We left my house at 9:15AM and didn’t get back home until 9:30 PM.  It was a splendid day from top to bottom, the weather cooperated and the only minor dissatisfaction I had was I should have brought my flannel shirt as there were times in the museum where it was chilly. I’ve wanted to revisit the two museums for some time now as they both have wonderful permanent collections. I was a little disappointed that the Asian galleries were closed for renovations but with all the time we spent in the European and American galleries I don’t think we would have found much time to spend there. Below are some of the treasures we viewed on our tour. Be sure to enlarge all the images.

Yale is fortunate to own four Edward Hoppers, all first rate, and this was a highlight of the visit as he is one of my favorites.

Rooms by the Sea – Hopper’s paintings spoke of alienation and loneliness and I’ve always felt Rooms by the Sea expresses a notable absence of life, perhaps someone who walked through the door shown and continued walking into the ocean never to return.

Sunlight in a Cafeteria – And here we have two people who define the phrase alone together.

Western Motel – What can be more lonely than being in a rural motel all by yourself, the background landscape tells you this woman is in the middle of nowhere.

Rooms for Tourists – And a private home with rooms to let but the absence of any actual renters or cars to show the rooms are inhabited.

We saw side by side two of the great Italian urban landscape painters, Guardi and Bellotto and while they didn’t have one from the master, Canaletto, there were a bunch at the British Art museum.

Francesco Guardi - View of the Grand Canal from the Ponte di Rialto

Bernardo Bellotto - The Lock at Dolo

Canaletto - Old Walton Bridge

The Dutch were well represented, no Rembrandt which I found surprising, but they had three magnificent Hals displayed together on one wall. The elderly man and woman are pendant portraits, that is, a pair of paintings with something in common, quite often marriage partners. These are large, somber depictions of a well to do couple. You can see the wonders Hals created with black paint to depict the man’s hat, clothing and cloak. The Preacher is a much smaller painting and he certainly does not appear to be a dominant, imposing figure. One of the reasons I’ve wanted to visit the museum was that they have on display a long term loan from the preeminent collectors of Dutch Masters, Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo. I thought the exhibition had been taken down at the end of last year but I was very pleased to see that it is still up. The Preacher is a loan from the Otterloos.

Portrait of an Elderly Man, traditionally called Heer Bodolphe

Portrait of an Elderly Woman, traditionally called Mevrouw Bodolphe

Portrait of a Preacher

Jan van der Heyden - View of the Westerkerk, Amsterdam – This is another loan from the Otterloos. I was privileged to visit the Bruce Museum a number of years ago for an exhibit of Van der Heyden which was a highlight of my museum visits. In the exhibit was a painting he had done on copper which absolutely glowed.

Speaking of the Otterloos, this article is from today’s New York Times and it discusses their gift of 113 artworks to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. It’s a remarkable gift. I was surprised that Yale didn’t get anything but in the second paragraph it states that the Otterloos are Boston based so I guess that explains it. I’d love to see this but I don’t know when I’ll get the chance as Boston is about a four hour ride from New York which means if I went I would have to stay overnight. But perhaps I can convince my friend to go with me sometime in the future.

Boston Museum Gets Major Gift of Dutch, Flemish Masterpieces
OCT. 11, 2017
BOSTON — The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston on Wednesday announced a pledged gift of more than 100 17th century Dutch and Flemish masterpieces that will give it one of the nation's foremost collections of Dutch Golden Age art.
The donation of 113 works by 76 artists from Boston-area collectors Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo and Susan and Matthew Weatherbie includes a research library and funding to establish a Center for Netherlandish Art at the museum, the first of its kind in the U.S.
It is the largest gift of European paintings in the museum's history and will nearly double in size its collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings.
"We are extremely grateful to the van Otterloos and Weatherbies for their deep commitment and for their support of the mission of the museum in such a generous way," Director Matthew Teitelbaum said.
The collection includes one of the finest privately owned Rembrandt portraits. The 1632 portrait of Aeltje Uylenburgh, a cousin of Rembrandt's wife-to-be, is in nearly perfect condition.
Works by Gerrit Dou, Peter Paul Rubens, Jan Steen and Jan Brueghel the Elder also are part of the collection. It is comprised of portraits, landscapes, seascapes, still lifes, flower pictures, cityscapes and more.
"This gift of beautifully preserved paintings will fill major gaps in the collection and allow us to present the full range of artistic production in the Netherlands in the 17th century in varied and meaningful ways," said Ronni Baer, the museum's senior curator of paintings.
Some of the works already are part of a new installation dedicated to Dutch and Flemish art that runs through Jan. 15.
"Eijk and I couldn't be happier that our collection will find a home at the MFA, where it can be displayed, loaned and shared with the widest possible audiences," Rose-Marie van Otterloo said.

Continuing on with the Dutch the Museum owns several wonderful Van Gogh’s.

Vincent van Gogh - Le café de nuit (The Night Café) – Everywhere there is a clash and contrast of the most disparate reds and greens.” The clashing colors were also meant to express the “terrible passions of humanity” found in this all-night haunt, populated by vagrants and prostitutes.

Vincent van Gogh - Square Saint-Pierre, Paris – A rare example of his pointillist painting.

We came across Turner’s Ovid which I assume was on loan from a private collection. I didn’t check the wall card but I see that this painting isn’t in the Yale database. I originally was lucky enough to see this painting at the Frick’s recent Turner exhibit.  The art gallery has no Turner oils of their own but the British Art Gallery has a number of them, one of which is displayed below.

J. M. W. Turner  - Ovid Banished from Rome

Joseph Mallord William Turner - Dort or Dordrecht: The Dort Packet-Boat from Rotterdam Becalmed

We saw several Monet’s and one glorious Manet.

Claude Monet - Port-Domois, Belle-Isle

Édouard Manet - Reclining Young Woman in Spanish Costume – Love the cat.

I’ll end with some American painters.

Frederic Edwin Church - View of Cotopaxi – The lush greenery contrasted with the snow covered volcano.

George Inness – Moonrise – I always say I’m a sucker for a moon in paintings and this is a gorgeous orange moon dead center hiding between two trees. You have to look closely to see the man standing in the field admiring it and the homestead all the way in the back at the right.

Albert Bierstadt - Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point Trail - Under a broad golden sky, a mountain guide at lower left points to the distance, instructing his companions where to look. The sun’s golden orb, thickly painted, sits like an ingot in the sky, a shining emblem of the land’s riches.

Winslow Homer - Old Mill (The Morning Bell) – The start of the workday for these young women.

And finally a portrait from Sargent. This portrait is of the mother-in-law of Sargent’s friend Edward Austin Abbey, American muralist, illustrator, and painter. The wall card compares this portrait favorably to Sargent’s society portraits, expressing intimacy, simplicity and warmth.

John Singer Sargent - Mrs. Frederick Mead (Mary Eliza Scribner)

I could keep going on as it’s a vast collection but I think this will give you some sense of why I so especially wanted to visit the museums again. I will reiterate that we both had a really splendid time.

Let’s see what’s on the Flickrs now.

Andy G.

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