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Re: As we sadly bid farewell to the Summer Flickr in walks the Fall Flickr!
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2017, 05:24:20 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Of late, we’ve been experiencing Fall weather here in New Jersey. I finally broke down and turned on my heating system when the temperature dipped to the 40’s at night. It was 40 degrees this morning when I went to the Shop-Rite but it warmed up into the 70’s, it’s 77 degrees now. When I say 40 degrees it makes me think that 40 degrees in Mid-October is different from 40 degrees in say, December or January. Different in my perception of them I guess. This morning when I saw 40 degrees on the thermometer I wore my flannel shirt over my tee shirt as well as my hat and I was fine. But in January when I go out in the morning and it’s 40 degrees I’ll be wearing my winter coat and probably a scarf. I keep hearing that the Northeast is going to get a lot of snow this year and I’m really hoping that doesn’t turn out to be the case. My sole consolation is that if it does snow a lot I have no reason to be out in it like I did when I was working. 

This week I returned to my fallback venue the Metropolitan Museum of Art to view their newly opened drawing exhibit, Leonardo to Matisse: Master Drawings from the Robert Lehman Collection. This is another Met exhibition which is composed entirely of art from their permanent collection. I’ve written previously about Robert Lehman and his amazing bequest to the Met. These drawings are from the more than 700 that he bequeathed the Met along with all the other paintings and objects. In describing him as a collector the Met explained that he took advice from connoisseurs but, like Duncan Phillips who established the Phillips Museum, he often simply purchased what appealed to him. And what appealed to him were things that are pleasing to look at which you’ll see below.

This is a link to the Met website which has three sections. When you click on the link it opens to the exhibition overview, then off to the side are links for Exhibition Themes which replicate the main wall cards for each section of the exhibit and also a link to all the items in the exhibit. Be sure to click on the images to enlarge them.

For the most part I liked everything in the exhibit but I’ll link to a bunch that especially appealed to me.

The exhibit opens with a very small Goya self-portrait, pretty much the size of a post-it, showing him in middle age and vigorous prior to being struck with a grave illness.

There were three drawings by Ingres, a favorite of mine. This one is of a personal nature to the artist. It’s a portrait of Madame Félix Gallois who was the cousin of his second wife. He created this as a gift to her husband, there’s an inscription on it and you can see how lovingly he drew it, he touched up her jewelry with gold paint.

Paul Signac – The Dining Room – Signac painted his Mother, Grandfather and housekeeper in his pointillist style and having just seen the Hoppers in New Haven, this was evocative of Hopper’s alienation theme, three more individuals alone together.

Georges Seurat - Foal (Le Poulain) [also called "The Colt"] – I was taken by the way, using what the website refers to as his scratchy lines, the artist formed an animal out of what is basically a blob of black ink.

Albrecht Dürer - Self-portrait, Study of a Hand and a Pillow (recto); Six Studies of Pillows (verso) – I found this two sided drawing very appealing as on the front (recto) is the self-portrait while on the back (verso) is the studies for the pillow.  When you click on the link you can click on additional images and see the verso drawing.

Vincent van Gogh - Road in Etten -  Another favorite artist, this charming view of a tree lined lane showing workers and peasants is done in several mediums, chalk, pencil, pastel and watercolor. The underdrawing in pen and brown ink.

And could Mr. Lehman’s collection be complete without a few Rembrandts.

Rembrandt - Cottage near the Entrance to a Wood – This rather rough landscape sketch is one of his largest and the cottage is described as overwhelming nature.

Rembrandt - The Last Supper, after Leonardo da Vinci

And, of course, he would need an actual Da Vinci.

A Bear Walking – An anatomy lesson from the master, you can see he enlarged one of the paws in a separate sketch.

Canaletto - Warwick Castle: The East Front – Having seen a number of Canaletto’s grand paintings in New Haven it was nice to see this lovely drawing.

Camille Corot - The Palatine Hill, Rome – You need to really enlarge this to see what the website describes as meticulous graphite drawing of the ruined villas of the Palatine Hill… The artist deftly organizes vestiges of ancient monuments in obsessively exacting draftsmanship. He’s really captured so much.

Many beautiful things here, a very enjoyable exhibit. Next week I’ll write about the Christie’s drawing auction which is upcoming.

Knowing I had recently visited the Rodin exhibit at the Met my brother sent me an article about a Rodin bust of Napoleon that resides in the Borough Hall of Madison, New Jersey, It’s been there for 80 years and it was only recently that they realized what they have. It’s currently valued at between $4 and $12 million dollars and the township is loaning it to the Philadelphia Museum for an upcoming exhibit. The Times picked up the story in today’s edition which you can see here,

Now let’s go to the Flickrs.

Andy G.


With friend Lucinda. She was wearing one of my wigs and we both had the same dress.

Gorgeous bride

Yellow PVC fun

Practising my curtsy

Serving for Mistress 1


Bridal gowns


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Re: As we sadly bid farewell to the Summer Flickr in walks the Fall Flickr!
« Reply #11 on: October 28, 2017, 04:59:24 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

More drawings this week as I visited Christie’s for their Prints and Multiples auction preview. It had a large amount of Andy Warhols, someone I’m surprised is still held in high esteem and a similar large amount of Picassos which isn’t surprising as he was extremely prolific. Late in his life I think he created things more for their monetary value than to bolster his greatness as an artist but these are mostly interesting drawings. But none of them prompt me to include in the list below of things that I was taken with as I strolled around the viewing room. I’ve had some trouble with Christie’s website finding things, you’ll note below that there are a number of items that are from previous auctions or other sources.

Toulouse Lautrec was well represented, they had a complete ten leaf portfolio, something that isn’t seen on a regular basis. Lautrec’s posters and drawings are colorful and very appealing.

Lautrec - Partie de Campagne, from L'Album des estampes originales de la Galerie Vollard – This is a sheet from the portfolio

Marcel Duchamp - Couple Amoureux (Morceaux choisis d’après Ingres II) – Duchamp’s art always seems to me to be laughing at us for taking it seriously. But this simple little line drawing is very interesting as the closeness of the couple shows intimacy but the look on the woman’s face isn’t necessarily pleasure and she’s looking away from the man.

I’m not mad for contemporary art but I was very much taken with an Ed Ruscha embossed work, Ghost Station. It doesn’t reproduce well but it’s pure white on the wall. It’s the outline of a gas station. I think the second link might be a little clearer.

Rene Magritte - Les Bijoux indiscrets – Magritte’s art is always fun as he plays with perceptions and dimensions. Here he superimposes a face on the wrist of a hand.

Grant Wood – Fertility – Wood is known for American Gothic and occasionally I’ve seen other drawings and paintings by him at the auctions. This is a splendid farm scene with house, barn, silo and what I think is a corn crop.

I’ll group the next two drawings together as they both show trains. First a favorite, Edward Hopper, then Thomas Hart Benton.

Hopper – The Locomotive

Benton – The Race – A horse racing a train. And winning.

I think the items I enjoyed most were drawings by Martin Lewis, an artist according to my records I’ve only encountered once before at an auction preview last year. He was born in Australia and had an interesting life. Here are some lines from Wikipedia describing him.

In 1900, Lewis left Australia for the United States. His first job was in San Francisco, painting stage decorations for William McKinley's presidential campaign of 1900. By 1909, Lewis was living in New York, where he found work in commercial illustration. His earliest known etching is dated 1915. However, the level of skill in this piece suggests he had been working in the medium for some time previously. It was during this period that he helped Edward Hopper learn the basics of etching. In 1920, after the breakup of a romance, Lewis traveled to Japan, where for two years he drew and painted and studied Japanese art. The influence of Japanese prints is very evident in Lewis's prints after that period. In 1925, he returned to etching and produced most of his well-known works between 1925 and 1935.  Lewis is most famous for his black and white prints, mostly of night scenes of non-tourist, real life street scenes of New York City. During the Depression, however, he was forced to leave the city for four years between 1932 and 1936 and move to Newtown, Connecticut. His work from this period includes a number of rural, night-time and winter scenes in this area and nearby Sandy Hook. When Lewis was able to return to the New York City in 1936, there was no longer a market interested in his work. He taught printmaking at the Art Students League of New York from 1944 until his retirement in 1952. Lewis died largely forgotten in 1962.

In reading this I can see why I was drawn to him, teacher of Hopper, influenced by Japanese prints, black and white street scenes, all things that resonate with me. 

Sun Bath

Reginald Marsh - Tattoo-Shave-Haircut – I included a Reginald Marsh in last week’s post commenting that it was atypical of his work. This is much more typical of the type of scenes he drew and painted.

James McNeill Whistler - The Two Doorways, from First Venice Set – I’ve always been fond of Whistler’s Venice etchings.

Mary Cassatt – Afternoon Tea Party – Lovely colored etching of two woman at tea.

Henri Matisse - Jeune Hindoue – Exotic, bejeweled, nude woman looking totally comfortable lounging on a sofa chair.

I’ll close with a colorful screen print by Red Grooms, Saskia Down the Metro. Red’s work is always a lot of fun, he usually creates what he calls installations, dioramas, sometimes on a very large scale. One of his installations was a New York City bus, full size, filled with people. This is a two dimensional colorful print filled with people and images from New York City. The second link is larger and a better reproduction than the one on the Christie’s website.

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

Many beautiful things, I’m glad I went.

Let’s see what beautiful things are at the Flickrs now.

Andy G.


Another From Halloween, 1989




1998 Paradise in the Poconos ~ A Fabulous Frilly Crinoline Petticoat

Sissy Doing Her Maid Chores!



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Re: As we sadly bid farewell to the Summer Flickr in walks the Fall Flickr!
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2017, 09:40:13 AM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

This is an early Flickr as in a little while I will be heading to Washington D.C. for exhibitions at the National Gallery and the Phillips Museum. I’ve been looking forward to this trip with great anticipation and I’ll write about it next week.

This week though finds me back at Christie’s for their Old Masters and European Art auction previews. My brother didn’t go as he said it didn’t look particularly interesting and I can’t really argue with him. It wasn’t terribly exciting. The two biggest paintings up for auction that I saw are both from different auctions.

There was a Rembrandt portrait, Petronella Buys, which is from the London Old Masters auction. It’s not one of his masterpieces, I found it much less dynamic and vivid than those I see in the museums. Looked a little washed out not very bright. You can see a small reproduction of it on the website.

And here’s a larger, if not better, reproduction.

The second big lot, which had an expected price range of $6.9M-$9.5M, is by El Greco, an artist I’ve never really been able to warm up to. Saint Francis and Brother Leo in Meditation – This is from the upcoming Impressionist and Modern Art auctions and it’s from the Collection of Stanford Z. Rothschild, Jr.   I didn’t notice on the wall card but it appears this painting is owned by the National Gallery of Canada or perhaps there is more than one copy although if so, they look identical. This is a link to the Gallery, click on the image to enlarge it.

There was a lovely watercolor, Lake Lucerne, with the Rigi, by JMW Turner which I almost missed; it was on the wall to the left of the Rembrandt and I only saw it because I heard two people talking about it. As it turns out, this wasn’t in the auction either. As a matter of fact I can’t find it on the Christie’s website at all.  This is a link to the last time it was up for auction at Christie’s in 2013.

But as always, there were some beautiful things actually in the auction which I’ll discuss below.

Francesco  Guardi - The Island of Lazzaretto Vecchio, Venice – Unlike his usual large paintings this one is rather tiny, roughly 6x10 inches, but lovely nevertheless

Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun - Portrait of the artist, bust-length – I’ve written a number of times about the magnificent Le Brun exhibit at the Met so it’s always a treat to come across one of her paintings at the auctions.

I love the Dutch and there were two small examples of note.

Gerrit Dou - A barber-surgeon examining a girl.

And Jan Steen - A woman and a man smoking, viewed through an open archway

Edwaert Collier - A trompe l'œil letter rack with newspapers, scissors, a quill, a knife, a seal, a comb, and letters – I always enjoy examples of trompe l’oeil. Another exhibit I’ve written about was at the National Gallery and was devoted to trompe l’oeil, which I think was one of the best exhibits I’ve seen. In looking at my records I see it was 15 years ago so you can tell it made an impression on me.

John Atkinson Grimshaw - A Moonlit Lane – This is my painting with a big old moon for this post.

Jakob Philipp Hackert - The waterfall at Anitrella, with goats grazing near – This is a wonderful landscape and you can almost hear the roar of the water coming down the hill. It was up for auction at Sotheby’s in 2015 but didn’t sell, that’s where this image stems from.

Giusto Suttermans - Giovan Carlo di Cosimo II de Medici in armor and a red sash, bust-length – I’ll close with this image which I include only because it looks like someone painted a fake Groucho mustache on the image.

These are links to all the objects in the two auctions. At least the ones that haven’t disappeared from the site.

And now the Flickrs.

Andy G.

A legendary Womanless Wedding

Fun. Halloween is the time to have fun! It is one time a year where we can dress outlandish and laugh at our selves and everyone else is doing the same thing!

Party girl


Gemma goes Red - Sept 2017

Bite n bite green apples says mommy and you'll grow up

retro off-the-shoulder floral summer dress

Hot mess

Cocktail dress

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Re: As we sadly bid farewell to the Summer Flickr in walks the Fall Flickr!
« Reply #13 on: November 11, 2017, 04:38:32 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

We’re getting our first taste of winter now, below freezing temperatures, a wind to boot and a blindingly bright sun that offers no warmth. I’m glad the only time I had to spend outside was on my morning walk. I almost fell on ice when the I walked by one house whose sprinklers had gone on. All summer I have to duck as I walk by these sprinklers which also water the sidewalk. Why someone needs to water their lawn in 18 degree weather is beyond me. The weatherman says this is unseasonably cold and in a few days we should return to more temperate weather.

Last weekend I took a friend of mine to Washington D.C. to the National Gallery of Art to see an exhibit I have been waiting to see for a long time, Vermeer and The Masters of Genre Painting. It was sensational.

We took Amtrak down on Saturday afternoon and due to track work our train ran 40 minutes late so we arrived around 6PM. We had trouble figuring out the Metro card vending machine as did everyone else in the station. I asked the Guard and he explained and we were able to buy our cards. My friend’s GPS has walking instructions and we used that to navigate to the hotel from the subway station.

We checked into the hotel by which time the museums had all closed so we walked to the Lincoln Memorial as well as the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and then walked back to the hotel and had dinner. It rained but otherwise it was fairly mild, especially for this time of year.

The next day started at 8AM when I knocked on my friend’s door and we went down to breakfast. As we had so much time, after checking out, we decided to take the long walk to the Freer Museum which opens at 10AM, an hour before the National Gallery opens. The Freer has an outstanding permanent collection and we spent an hour going through their galleries.   The Freer is home to the Peacock Room which was designed by James McNeill Whistler for a wealthy British shipping magnate, Frederick Richards Leyland. Mr. Freer anonymously purchased the entire room in 1904 from Leyland's heirs and had the contents of the Peacock Room installed in his Detroit mansion. After his death in 1919, the Peacock Room was permanently installed in the Freer Gallery of Art. This Wikipedia link will explain the details from design to finish to its ultimate arrival at the Museum. There are two views of the room on the website, as well as a separate image of Whistler’s painting. Click on the image at the top and open a three image slide show.  We subsequently walked through the American, Chinese and Japanese galleries where we saw lovely paintings by Sargent, Whistler and Homer as well as Japanese screens and Chinese scrolls. At 11AM we walked across the mall to the National Gallery.

There was a line for the Vermeer but it moved fairly quickly and after about 30 minutes we were inside. It was spectacular! There were about 70 paintings in the exhibit and all were first class. There were 10 Vermeers. There are only 34 paintings in the world that are attributed to Vermeer and one of these was stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and to date has not been recovered. So this selection is roughly a third of his output.  I’ve used links from Wikipedia since they have good illustrations as well as information on each of the individual paintings.

I’ve grouped four paintings below as they all have the same model, wearing her fabulous yellow, ermine trimmed jacket and pearls as in one of the Frick’s Vermeers, Mistress with Maid. In The Love Letter, the maid is also present.

Woman with a Pearl Necklace - Staatliche Museen Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Gemäldegalerie, Berlin

A Lady Writing a Letter – National Gallery of Art, D.C.

Woman with a Lute  - Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Love Letter - Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

The Lacemaker and the Astronomer both come from the Louvre.

The Lacemaker


In addition to A Lady Writing (above), A woman Holding a Balance is from the National Gallery of Art in D.C

A Woman Holding a Balance

The Geographer, Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt

Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin

Lady  seated at a Virginal, National Gallery of London

The rest of the exhibit was superb as well; here are a few that particularly struck me. There were a number of paintings from private collections.

The Lacemaker – Nicolaes Maes – This was hung to the right of Vermeer’s version. It comes from the Met.

There were a number of paintings by Gerard ter Borch another favorite of mine. He had his own magnificent exhibit at the National Gallery some years ago which I very much enjoyed. Here are four from this show.

The Sleeping Soldier is from the Taft Museum in Ohio

Woman Sealing Her Letter with Her Maid is from a private collection, imagine having this painting on your living room wall.

Two Women Making Music with a Page or The Concert – This is from the Louvre

Woman Writing a Letter from the Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in the Netherlands

Two paintings by Gerrit Dou

Astronomer by Candlelight is from the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, this striking painting was a favorite for both of us.

Dropsical Woman is from the Louvre

And finally a painting by Samuel Van Hoogstraten, an artist I’m unfamiliar with.
View of an Interior or The Slippers – There’s a lot going on in this painting, not the least of which is a reproduction of a Ter Borch painting on the wall in the back. That painting by Ter Borch was also in the exhibit.

This should give you some idea of the broadness of the exhibit; there were many more artists represented as well and as I said everything in the exhibit was worthwhile.

The second exhibit we visited at the Gallery was Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures. This was a small exhibit of lovely, colorful paintings and you can see a sample of them at the website link below.

We stopped for lunch and then proceeded to the East Building where Contemporary art lives. This was a quick visit as I only wanted to visit with the two Edward Hopper paintings in the Museum’s collection.

Cape Cod Evening


Seeing them again was a treat.

We went back to the West Wing and wandered through the permanent collection which rivals the Metropolitan Museum in its enormity and brilliance while looking for the final exhibit that I had come to see, Bosch to Bloemaert: Early Netherlandish Drawings from the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam. By the time we found it I was concerned that we wouldn’t have enough time to visit the Phillips Museum so we rather rushed through the galleries. There were lovely things to see and you can see some of them at the website link.

From the Gallery we went to the Phillips Museum to see an exhibit built around Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party, arguably his greatest painting. It has a room of its own and you enter through a doorway and turn left and there it is in all its magnificence. The rest of the exhibit was paintings by Renoir that he created as preliminary to the major opus as well as paintings by and of his peers. Afterwards we explored the rest of the permanent collection. I was disappointed that half the collection wasn’t on display as the original building housing the collection was under renovation but I would have come regardless as I wanted to see the Luncheon painting again.

This is a link to the Wikipedia page for Luncheon of the Boating Party with a nice image which can be enlarged and other details about the painting.

The Phillips has a room dedicated to the abstract artist Mark Rothko. I’ve mentioned on more than one occasion that I totally don’t get the appeal of his art while my brother, and most art critics, consider him a genius. The room is about 12 feet square with a painting on each of the four walls. I told my friend about the disagreement I have with my brother about Rothko and we entered the room to sit in the middle and look at the paintings for a minute. She wasn’t able to garner anything from them either. When we exited the room a young woman was entering and she turned to her friend and said, I don’t get this at all but my brother loves him, a comment which made both of us laugh.

I would have enjoyed this trip under any circumstances but having someone along with me to discuss it with really made it special. And my friend made clear that she is amenable to future trips.

Well, if anyone is still reading at this point you will be rewarded now with the Flickrs.

Andy G.

Happy Halloween 2017


At Sissy Manor 😊

At The End Of A Long Day

Lacing Up



May 2007 Transpitt's Garden Party ~ "1950s Housewife" Robyn and Sissy Princess Amber

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« Reply #14 on: November 11, 2017, 04:53:53 PM »

Can't say why but the preview didn't work again this week. This was unfortunate as when I went back to check my links a number of the Wikipedia links didn't work. Like this one, If you follow the explanation and click on the link on the page it successfully opens but gives you the same link as the one above. I find this totally baffling. Anyway, I replaced the bad links so everything in the post should work now.

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« Reply #15 on: November 11, 2017, 04:57:58 PM »
I see now that for some reason when the link is uploaded it's not recognizing the closing paren. I had four links that ended with a closing paren and all of them needed to be replaced.

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« Reply #16 on: November 11, 2017, 09:05:20 PM »
Yes andyg, we actually had our first snowfall on Friday and although it was a light dusting, with the cold and the traffic it was slick in some places for driving. One of my other jobs was sales, design and Install of Inground Sprinkler Systems and most would be on a timer system for watering in the early morning hours. These systems should be shut down in October and drained so the cold and Ice does not damage the piping and sprinkler heads. If you don't do this and shut down the timers you risk damaging expensive systems. If the programs are set correctly they should finish watering very early to avoid contact with people walking by on their way to work etc.
Again I would thank you for your gallery visit and commentary. As always I enjoy and yes I read to the end and click the links. I would love to accompany you on a visit also but I have not been to the U.S. for sometime now and my Passport has expired. Any traveling I do now is local or not a very great distance from my city.

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« Reply #17 on: November 11, 2017, 10:44:43 PM »
I see now that for some reason when the link is uploaded it's not recognizing the closing paren. I had four links that ended with a closing paren and all of them needed to be replaced.

Having parenthesis in a URL (web address) is always a bad idea. Most browsers won't recognize it as a valid address. Also because parenthesis are used in programming, PHP, java, & javascript code, it may be interpreted as an invalid script or website code rather that an address.

Around the time you posted, this site was down for a little over 15 minutes. I believe you were interacting with a cached version of the page in your browser rather than the real page live. As you interact with the cached version the browser will try to send the information to the page until it accepts it. The cached version in the browser is good to view a page, but not so good to try to interact with if the site is down & won't connect with it.

Usually if the site senses there's a problem, it will send you to a mirror of the site on our backup servers, & update between the servers when the problem is gone. But if the server is completely down or inactive, it can't even send you to the mirror/backup site or update the mirror site.

I still can't figure out the cause yet. We've been having a few slowdowns, & minutes of downtime here over the past week. There was no heavy traffic at the time & we were not under any attack. There is some server slowdowns or few minutes of downtime around or after 3am E. USA time during regular server maintenance & backups, but not during prime American & UK time when we need it the most.

Stories, on another server with the same company, with 3 times the traffic, & tons more material to serve has been functioning fine. Actually it was extremely busy there today without a problem. But the two servers are independent from each other & not connected.  I suspect the machine we're using for the server here is wearing out, or it's hard drive may be near the end of it's life. Our backup servers are our old servers & not even from the same company.

Even right now, the server here is still much slower than it should be & unresponsive. To lighten the load & keep it functional, I've restricted the sites to members only so they get less traffic & the server don't have to work as hard.

If they can't resolve this issue soon, or it continues to get worse, I'll just move it all to another server or use the mirror site. If this server continues to perform as bad or worse than our old servers currently used for backups & other stuff, there's no reason to spend a cent on this server anymore.

It's not as easy to move a site like this with the programming & security, with different compatibility issues between servers as I make it sound. It can take 24-48 hours with no sleep to move everything to another server intact, & get it all to work right. So I dread the thought. But it is easier for me than most.

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« Reply #18 on: November 11, 2017, 11:23:18 PM »
Got down to 17F (-8C) last night with wind chills of 6F (-14C), after a high of 46F (8C) just the day before. We had a faint powder of snow. You had to look carefully to see any snow on the ground anywhere at all. The wind was pretty bad though. It rattled the windows. Boy-cat got scared & hid under the bed. Nothing scares his brave sister though. She'll calmly sit beside me during the worst thunderstorms. When I had a prowler outside my door she ran to the door & growled loudly like a dog.

They just replaced the roof & some siding on my building this summer because of all the wind damage we got last spring & last fall. Last fall, wind knocked down a huge tree next door. It just missed hitting my place by about 8-10 feet. I haven't seen any bits of our building laying around recently after wind storms, so they must have fixed it good.

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It’s auction time again and there’s a lot to see. This covers the Impressionist and Contemporary Art auctions. Two big paintings at Christie’s are by Fernand Leger and Vincent Van Gogh. Both are listed as saying estimate on request which seems to say to me that if you have to ask the price you can’t afford it. Of the two, for me, the Van Gogh wins hands down as the Leger is abstract and doesn’t overly excite me. This is a link to a video and discussion of Van Gogh’s Laboureur dans un champ.  This is a link to a video and discussion of Leger’s Contraste de forms.

Fernand Léger - Contraste de forms – This went for $ 70M

Vincent van Gogh - Laboureur dans un champ – This went for $81.3M

Oddly enough the biggest painting for Christie’s Contemporary auction is Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, another lot that was posted estimate on request. It didn’t make any sense to me that it would be in the Contemporary auction and I actually missed seeing it when I was there. I went back a day later on my way to Sotheby’s and understood how I had missed it. I wasn’t expecting to see it and I approached the Christie’s entrance from the West Side so I didn’t see they had set up a separate entrance to the gallery where it was displayed. If you didn’t use the separate entrance there was no way to see it. When I went back a couple of days later for the American previews I saw that the timing for my visit with Leonardo had been good as I was able to just walk right in. That day there was a line down the block with people waiting in the rain for up to an hour for the privilege of seeing it.  It was hung all by itself in a rather dimly lighted alcove. I can’t say it was magnificent or awe inspiring but I’m glad I got to see it as it isn’t often one gets to view a Leonardo, or if you listen to the skeptics, almost a Leonardo. My brother explained its appearance in the Contemporary auctions by noting that Christie’s is pairing it with an Andy Warhol work titled “Sixty Last Suppers”, but I also read that it was lumped in with the Contemporary art because that’s where the big bucks are now rather than Old Masters. 

Leonardo da Vinci – Salvator Mundi

This is an essay and video about the Leonardo and below that is a similar link for the Warhol.  - The Warhol went for $60.8M

There has been a fair amount of skepticism as to whether this is actually a Leonardo and this article comes down strongly on the side of not. I say above that it wasn’t awe inspiring and in this article he says it’s just dead.

But it looks like Christie’s has the last laugh, it went for $450.3M. You can read about it in this Times article.

There’s a remarkable auction in Hong Kong which I would very much like to have seen but since I can’t make it I was lucky that Christie’s showcased a few of these items in New York It’s art from Monet’s personal collection. This is a video and essay on Monet and his collection.

Here are three of the items up for bid, a black chalk drawing of boats washed up on a beach and an oil painting of three poplar trees by Monet and an illustrated letter from the artist Paul Signac.

Claude Monet - Barques échouées sur la plage

Claude Monet - Trois arbres à Giverny (Peupliers)

Paul Signac - Autograph letter to Claude Monet

This is a link to all the items in the Hong Kong auction, you’ll see a bunch of those Japanese woodblock prints I’ve come to admire in addition to drawings and paintings by his peers.  In addition to being a wonderful artist the man had exquisite taste.

These are some more of the things I enjoyed.

An beautiful oil painting of the Tuileries Garden in Spring, lush greenery under a blue sky with puffy clouds by Pissarro as well as a little treasure of a drawing, a self-portrait from when he was in his early twenties.

Camille Pissarro - Le Jardin des Tuileries, matinée de printemps

Camille Pissarro - Autoportrait (recto); Deux esquisses d'un âne (verso) -

And this small, elegant still life by Pissarro’s good friend, Cezanne.

Paul Cezanne - Poires dans une assiette blanche

Henri Matisse - Les régates de Nice – Very colorful interior scene of a woman looking out a window at a boat race.

And while this isn’t Luncheon of the Boating Party it is a very nice portrait by Renoir.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Buste de femme, de profil

This is a link to everything in the Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

This is a link to everything in the Impressionist and Modern Art Works on Paper Sale

This is a link to everything in the Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale

I spoke of Contemporary art, the Warhols and Rothkos and there were lots of other artists represented but as I’ve mentioned many times, this isn’t really the art I come to look at. But sometimes I find something I like, in a previous post I mentioned the Ed Ruscha Service station and in this lot I was rather taken by Wayne Thiebaud’s paintings which I find amusing. Here are two of them.

Wayne Thiebaud - Bow Ties

Wayne Thiebaud - Desk Set

And if you care for this sort of thing, here are links to all the items in the two Contemporary art sessions.

Post-War & Contemporary Art Morning Session

Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Sotheby’s Impressionist sale offered paintings from the collectors Martin and Barbara Zweig. It’s a lovely collection. You can see the following five paintings in this slide show.
Paul Cézanne - Nature morte
Edgar Degas - Après le bain
Edgar Degas - Avant la course
Pierre-Auguste Renoir – Baigneuse
Pierre Bonnard - Femme accoudée avec chien et nature morte

Also from their collection
Paul Gauguin - EVE BRETONNE (II)

There were other collections with nice things in the auction as well such as this one.
Vincent van Gogh - LE MOULIN À L'EAU

And this
Vilhelm Hammershøi - INTERIOR WITH WOMAN AT PIANO, STRANDGADE 30 – I saw an exhibit of Hammershøi’s art and this one isn’t as stark as his others. He favored muted colors so this little dash of color is unusual.

As you can see there really was a lot to see.

And now let’s see the Flickrs.

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