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Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
« Reply #20 on: May 02, 2018, 12:05:18 PM »
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Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
« Reply #21 on: May 05, 2018, 04:12:58 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

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

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

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

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

19th and 20th Century Art, Evening Sale

Art of the Americas, Evening Sale

Fine Art, Day Sale

Travel and Americana

English & European Furniture, Ceramics and Decorations, Part I

English & European Furniture, Ceramics and Decorations, Part II

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

Cape Ann Granite

Rich’s House

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

Where Are the Boats

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

Yellow Carn of Cornwall

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

San Geremia

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

The Entrance to the Grand Canal

Moonlit Shipwreck at Sea

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


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


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

Fleurs dans un vase

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

Nymphéas en fleur

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

Femme assise dans un jardin

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

Planteuse de betteraves

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

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

Fillette à la corbeille fleurie

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

Odalisque couchée aux magnolias

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

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

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

Off to the Flickrs.

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Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
« Reply #22 on: May 12, 2018, 05:07:30 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale

Auction Results

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Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
« Reply #23 on: May 19, 2018, 04:50:21 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is a link to the Met press release.

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

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

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

And now, on to the Flickrs.

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« Reply #24 on: May 26, 2018, 09:56:58 AM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A few artists new to me.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andy G.


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Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
« Reply #25 on: June 02, 2018, 04:48:10 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

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

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

Take a Walk Through a Beautiful Brueghel Landscape

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

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

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

New York Interior

A Woman in the Sun

Early Sunday Morning

Apartment Houses East River

Seven A.M.

Cape Cod Sunset

Railroad Crossing

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

River Rouge Plant


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

Buildings, Lancaster

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

Poker Night (From A Streetcar Named Desire)

Grant Wood

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is a review from the New York Times

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

Now let’s hop over to the Flickrs.

Andy G.


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Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
« Reply #26 on: June 09, 2018, 04:43:22 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

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

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

A Magnificent Double Portrait by Sir Peter Lely

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gustave Caillebotte - LE PARC MONCEAU

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

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

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

Claude Monet - Bouquet of Sunflowers

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

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

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

This is a link to the Overview page.

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

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

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

This is a link to an installation view of the exhibit

All very beautiful making for a pleasant outing.

Now let’s visit the Flickrs.

Andy G.

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Girls night in watching movies and drinking girly cocktails <3

Two boys dressed up for gender reversal day at school.

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Re: Can it be the Spring Flickr when there’s still snow on the ground?
« Reply #27 on: June 16, 2018, 05:26:53 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These are some of the things I particularly enjoyed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now for some pictures at the Flickrs.

Andy G.

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