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This year’s Summer Flickr
« on: June 23, 2018, 06:58:02 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Summer at last! Seems like I’ve waited a very long time for Summer to arrive. And while the weather has been Summer like of late today is rather cool forcing me out of my shorts and short sleeve shirt back into my long sleeved shirt and long pants. But tomorrow promises to bring some warmth so I will refrain from complaining.

This week, after a number of postponements, I was finally able to give my friend a day out. We took the bus to the Newark Museum to see their current exhibition, THE ROCKIES & THE ALPS - Bierstadt, Calame, and the Romance of the Mountains.

When we arrived at the museum I asked for one senior and one adult. The woman behind the counter asked me how old I was. I told her 67 and she processed our tickets. I can’t remember the last time I was asked how old I was but I can tell you it’s been years, but she didn’t ask for identification. I laughed because with my gray hair I was able to start requesting senior admission in my late 50’s and I never had anyone say to me, not so fast sonny.

It was a relatively small exhibition but it was filled with wonderful things, although there were far fewer Bierstadt’s than I expected. Alexandre Calame was a 19th Century Swiss landscape painter who is viewed as the leader of the Swiss alpine school of painting. His paintings complement Bierstadt’s in their subject and beauty. There were paintings from other Hudson river painters and there was supposed to be a Sargent but I went through the exhibit twice, very carefully, and I don’t believe it was on display. The museum  website doesn’t offer very many images so I was forced to search the web to find what I’ve listed below.

The first link is to a magazine that was on the Newark museum website and it’s well illustrated although the notes about which picture is which are a little confusing.  You’ll see paintings by Sanford Robinson Gifford, someone I’ve mentioned many times as being a favorite. They had one of his sketchbooks opened under glass to two pages but below it they had digitized the entire 100 pages and you could flip through that and enlarge the images as if you were turning the pages of the actual book. This was very cool. Another item was a Turner watercolor on loan from the Met which was a surprise.  The 19th and 20th Century American wing is closed for renovations but in a corridor on the first floor they had their Hopper, an O’Keeffe and a few others which I remembered and enjoyed seeing again. I always enjoy seeing a Hopper. You can see it here. Click on it to enlarge it as you should try with all images.

When we exited the exhibit we went up to the third floor for the Asian wing and saw some nice things. One in particular was Paradise Flycatcher Couple on Flowering Branch with rocks, a silk and gold slit small hanging tapestry. It was woven but you would have sworn it was painted. It was magnificently beautiful and also told a story about longevity through a rebus and puns. Unfortunately I could not find it on the web which is frustrating as I really wanted to include it here.

American Art Review – article on the exhibit.

Albert Bierstadt – Here are three typical Bierstadt landscapes, all very bright and majestic. The first showing what I take to be a clearing sky still showing storm clouds. Then majestic snowcapped mountains.  And finally, a brilliant depiction of an enormous waterfall.

Estes Park, Colorado morning

Western Landscape, Mount Whitney,_Mount_Whitney_by_Albert_Bierstadt.jpg

Cho-looke, the Yosemite Fall

Alexandre Calame –  First a rolling river in Berne, Switzerland and then a woman and her child enjoying a beautiful day of nature.

Berner Oberland

Souvenir of Lake Lucerne

Sanford Robinson Gifford – First a mountain pass showing people relaxing by the water, then the vast Wyoming prairie.

Stelvio Road

Valley of the Chugwater, Wyoming Territory

Frederic Edwin Church – First, as described on the Olana website devoted to Church, the ethereal apparition of a rainbow among granite peaks. Then, snow covered mountains reflected in the blue water.

Rainbow Near Berchtesgaden, Germany


This is a link to the Olana website I mention above with many more illustrations from Church.

John Ferguson Weir - Cadenabbia on Lake Como – Weir was a 19th/20th Century American painter, sculptor, writer, and educator, the brother of J. Alden Weir, an American Impressionist painter. I’ve heard of Alden but I was unfamiliar with John and was really taken by the beauty of this seascape. The mountains and the clouds alongside the quietly moving water with just a few boats sailing across it. Very tranquil and serene.

J.M.W. Turner - Fort of L'Essillon, Val de la Maurienne, France – The watercolor I spoke of above.

This is a link to a review of the exhibit with several illustrations that I was otherwise unable to find.

This is a link to the Hawthorne Gallery which loaned two works to Newark by artists I’m unfamiliar with but which I very much enjoyed.

A lovely exhibit well worth waiting for. The Newark museum is a little gem of a place with a marvelous permanent collection that I wish was able to attract more memorable exhibitions. I think it’s vastly underfunded and attendance is not great which is a shame. We were in the exhibition space for over an hour and we were the only visitors the entire time. This is wonderful from my point of view of being able to stroll through the gallery and linger in front of images for as long as I like but from an economic point of view it’s distressing for the museum. At any rate I look forward to going back at some point in the future.

After the museum we went out to a restaurant for dinner. It took my friend some time to decide on what she wanted to eat and the waitress came by several times before my friend came to a decision. She stated her choice and the waitress asked her if she wanted one or two and my friend looked at her with a bemused look on her face and said one. Then the waitress started to walk away without taking my order and I had to call her back. I’m not sure what exactly she was thinking but it’s another good illustration of how we become invisible as we age.

I subscribe to a daily email from Art Daily and every day they have articles and videos that interest me. This week they posted this 9 minute video of New York in 1911 from MOMA. It’s remarkably clear. Everybody is wearing a hat. More horse and carts than automobiles. The automobiles have a driver where we’re accustomed to having the passenger sit. The trolleys and the Elevated trains are up and running. For the most part everyone ignores the cameraman but occasionally you can see someone take notice.  I love old videos of New York City.

Last week I wrote about the Antonio Canova exhibit at the Frick and today I found this long article that offers more background on the statue of Washington and how it came about.

I also receive emails from Sotheby’s which are interesting, like this one on Henri Matisse.

21 Facts About Henri Matisse

Now let’s see what the first Summer Flickrs look like.

Andy G.

This sissy wont stop talking. You know what to do

stockings and a leather mini...


red lace dress

Another boy very happy wearng a pink dress.

Little girl

Remeber me

Super Sonico

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Re: This year’s Summer Flickr
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2018, 04:38:13 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

We are well entrenched in Summer now. Although the newspaper headline was probably dabbling in hyperbole when it trumpeted that the temperature this weekend would feel like 111 degrees. All I can say is, it’s certainly warm.

This week I walked downtown to the Morgan library to see their current exhibitions.

Thomas Gainsborough: Experiments in Drawing – This was a small exhibit in the Thaw Gallery, a small exhibition space on the first floor that’s probably 12’ x 12’. There were items from their permanent collection as well as loans from other museums and private collectors. It was all Gainsborough.  While he is renowned for his portraits he grew weary of them and expressed a wish to paint landscapes in a small village. You can see some of those below.  This is from the catalog, “Despite his commercial success as a figure painter, later in life Gainsborough wanted to escape from what had become for him the routine of portraiture and business life. “I am sick of Portraits” he complained in a letter to a friend, “and I wish very much to. . . walk off to some sweet village where I can . . . enjoy the fag End of Life in quietness and ease.”

Hilly Landscape with cows – I really liked this little chalk drawing and I had the sense that Van Gogh may have been influenced by it. It’s a subject he definitely painted often. Gainsborough was influenced by the Dutch landscape painters like Jacob Van Ruysdael.

Wooded Landscape with Cows beside a Pool, Figures and Cottage – Serene setting of rural England, I like the way the one cow is resting its head on the other cow. This is from the Met.

Landscape with Horse and Cart, and Ruin - oil paint, lead white chalk, watercolor, over black chalk, varnished, on laid paper.

Figures in a Wooded Landscape –  The card on the wall accompanying this drawing explained that he began favoring concepts rather than depicting a realistic view. In this drawing trees, animals and rocks lose their shape, and parts of the landscape veer toward pure abstraction. It said that this would influence later artists such as Turner and Constable.

Caroline, 4th Duchess of Marlborough – This is a lovely pastel portrait from a private collection.

A Boy with a Book and a Spade – This is his earliest figure drawing which was used as a study for the signboard of a village school. Things like this were how he earned his living when he was just starting his career.

This is a link to the website with an overview of the exhibit as well as selected images.

This is a 34 minute video from the Morgan website with a lecture by the curator about Gainsborough and the exhibit. It’s interesting but for me it’s marred by the lecturers unfortunate accent and manner.  It wasn’t just the fact that English was clearly a second language but that he read the speech in a monotone, stumbling and looking down through most of it. Just not a good public speaker.

This is an essay discussing the exhibit.

Wayne Thiebaud, Draftsman – Thiebaud is a contemporary artist I’ve come to appreciate in recent months from seeing his work at the auctions. He’s known for his brightly colored paintings of food but this exhibit shows his drawings and sketches. I enjoyed his works of streetscapes which I’ll link to below.

Three Roads – This is a charcoal drawing of a streetscape which is something I might expect of Edward Hopper or Charles Sheeler. I was gratified to read in an essay that his works like this are considered to be comparable to Hopper.

Diagonal City –I like the sensation of the vehicles traveling down the hill with the large city in the background.

Cakes No. 1 – This is typical of his food paintings, taking everyday images and showing them in place. It’s a realistic style, uniquely American in its subject matter.

Self Portrait – I like this simple pencil sketch of the artist presenting himself to us to take him as he is, staring directly out at us.

This is a link to the website with an overview of the exhibit as well as selected images.

This is a press release for the exhibit with illustrations.

This is a four minute video interview with the artist. There’s also a one hour video as well although I haven’t watched that as yet.

This is a summary of the show by era from beginning to current day.

Sotheby’s in London is having their Old Masters auction soon and they’ve posted several more paintings by Turner, two watercolors and an oil sketch. They’re all wonderful but I especially like the casino.

Three of a Kind: Turner Landscapes
BY  SOTHEBY'S | 27 JUN 2018

For the longest time I received emails from Sotheby’s and Christie’s until recently I realized that my Christie’s emails have stopped arriving. I’ve written to them with no response and have now tried opening additional accounts using Gmail addresses but so far it hasn’t taken. It’s another one of the Internet’s mysteries I suppose but I’m fairly certain it has to do with the fact that AOL is now responsible for what used to be my Verizon email. My brother has experienced the reverse, it’s Sotheby’s that for some reason has decided not to send their emails to him. Very frustrating.

With that tinge of technophobia let’s see what’s doing at the Flickrs.

Andy G.

The boys are dressed as girls for the school reverse gender day.


New Uniform

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Davina Wayne...Lazy Maid For Hire...

In The Pink

Different lol i certainly got noticed.

Mugging for the camera


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Re: This year’s Summer Flickr
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2018, 05:41:15 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Today was an absolutely beautiful day, the first of what looks to be a week of them.

Earlier this week, on one of the hottest days of the year, I took the long walk up to the Guggenheim Museum to see their current exhibit, Giacometti. The majority of the items in the exhibit are from the Fondation Giacometti in Paris. Alberto Giacometti was a Swiss artist and sculptor of the 20th Century. I’ve always enjoyed his very distinctive bronze sculptures which are instantly recognizable. He currently holds the record for highest price for any sculpture at auction,  L'Homme au doigt which was auctioned for $141.3M at Christie's in May 2015. This sculpture broke the previous record he had achieved in an auction by Sotheby’s in February of 2010. His L'Homme qui marche went for $104.3M. You can see both these sculptures at these two links.

The exhibit was filled with many examples of these tall slender figures but it also had examples of Giacometti’s other works which I confess were not as interesting to me. A number of them are completely abstract to the point of lacking any meaning at all to me, that is, to my eye they are totally formless and shapeless. This is a good example of one of them.

Very early in the exhibit are three of his most iconic sculptures, two from the Fondation and one from the Hirshhorn Sculpture Museum in Washington, D.C.
Walking Man 1
Tall Woman IV
Monumental Head

I got a kick out of his dog which Giacometti described as a self-portrait.

And his rather macabre Woman With Her Throat Cut, a surrealistic depiction of great violence.

There weren’t many of the portraits he painted but I did like this painting of his brother and collaborator, Diego, who worked with him till his death and continued on afterwards.
Portrait of Diego standing in the living room

He created a number of surrealistic drawings and I rather liked this one. Made me wonder if Edward Gorey had been influenced by them as his art can be similar to this.

This is a link to the Guggenheim website with an overview of the exhibition. On the same page are also two reviews of the exhibit, one from The New Yorker and one from the Financial Times which is behind a paywall but you can read if you go to a Google search page and type FT Giacometti. It’s currently the first article on the page and is displayed like this: Giacometti at the Guggenheim: only human after all | Financial Times.  Also, under exhibition views, you can see a few images showing the art in place.

This is a link to an installation view that lets you walk the ramp of the museum like I did and view much of the art.

This was a very large installation and I have to admit that it was a bit overwhelming, there was a lot of duplication with many of the bronzes echoing each other. And there was a fair amount of art that didn’t really appeal to me but on the whole it was an enjoyable way to pass the time on a very hot day.

Whenever I visit the Guggenheim I always walk through their Thannhauser gallery to visit with paintings I’ve always enjoyed. My favorite is something I linked to on my last visit but I’m going to do so again as it’s such a wonderful painting. There’s an essay about it as well and be sure to click on the image to enlarge it.

Camille Pissarro - The Hermitage at Pontoise

Previously I’ve linked to items up for auction at the Sotheby’s London Old Masters auction and the auction has now been held. This is an article from Art Daily reporting the results.  Lots of beautiful things sold including a Rubens portrait and a Turner watercolor which I’ve linked to previously. There was also a beautiful portrait by Gerard Ter Borch and the National Gallery in Washington, DC bought a Clara Peeters still life.

This is a link to the Rubens.

This is a link to a Turner oil.

This is a link to a Turner watercolor that sold for GBP2.05 million.

This is a link to the Ter Borch.

This is a link to the Clara Peeters.

This is a link to all the items in the Old Masters evening sale.

This is a link to all the items in the Old Master & British Works on Paper. There are 10 other Turner watercolors in this one.

I would have loved to attend in person but it’s also pleasant to visit by proxy over the web. Many beautiful things to see.

I guess it’s time for the Flickrs now.

Andy G.

Looking sweet and innocent for a change.

FBOFW Halloween Party Crossdress Cartoon


 resting between dances

Wonderful Princess Peach!


Just flowers

Due to Lighting


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Re: This year’s Summer Flickr
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2018, 09:45:39 AM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

When I was suffering through our never ending winter I never imagined that I would be enjoying this long streak of beautiful weather here. Very pleasant.

This week I visited the Neue Galerie for their exhibit, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele: 1918 Centenary. The Neue is the home of German Expressionism and this is the centenary of the death of Egon Schiele, a chief proponent of this type of art. He was a protégé of Gustave Klimt and, like Giacometti who I wrote about last week, had a very recognizable style. Wikipedia describes it thus, “The twisted body shapes and the expressive line that characterize Schiele's paintings and drawings mark the artist as an early exponent of Expressionism.” They were very intense and sexual, he painted many nudes and he is definitely an acquired taste, my brother does not care for him at all. But he also painted lovely landscapes and portraits as well. He died in the Spanish Influenza epidemic at the age of 28, just three days after his wife who was six months pregnant.

Gustave Klimt was an Austrian Symbolist artist of the 19th/20th Century. Symbolist painters used mythological and dream imagery in their creations. An example of this is the famous portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer which the Neue acquired at auction in 2006. This is a link to an article on Adele herself and her relationship with Klimt; some speculated they had an affair. There is an illustration of the actual painting as well.  The article discusses Klimt’s use of symbolism in this painting.  “It is evident in the painting how Gustav Klimt made sure to depict the kind of lavish lifestyle that Adele Bloch-Bauer led. It has been said that the different kinds of prints in her golden robe, such as eggs, triangles, and eyes, suggest sexual symbolism that were apparent in Klimt’s keen use of eroticism in his paintings.”

This is a link to a blog with 10 facts about Klimt and his art.

The majority of the items on view are from private collections and unfortunately the Neue website doesn’t show any of them so I was forced to search the web for examples which were few but can be seen below. I wasn’t able to locate many of his drawings which really depict his sexual and twisted style.

Schiele – Town Among the Greenery – One of his landscapes.

Schiele - Portrait of the Painter Karl Zakovšek – An example of his drawn out skeletal style.

Schiele - Portrait of Leopold Czihaczek, Standing – A standard portrait.

Schiele – Danae – This is an early painting inspired by Klimt which was supposed to go up for auction last year but was withdrawn at the last minute. It was an embarrassment for Sotheby’s as it was supposed to go for $30-$40M and was on the cover of their catalogue. Speculation was that it was withdrawn as it’s presale estimates were overvalued.

Schiele – Friendship – This is a good example of his iconic style, sexual and oddly shaped figures.

Schiele – Reclining seminude

Klimt – The Dancer formerly known as Ria Munk II – One of his many portraits

Klimt – Portrait of Ria Munk 111 – This is an unfinished painting

Klimt - Portrait of Gertrud Loew – In addition to the image there is a story of the history of the painting which was lost to Nazis for many years before being acquired by an illegitimate son of the artist. He left it, along with other paintings by his father, to his wife who established a foundation to house and research them. She found the original owners and an agreement was made for the painting to be auctioned with the proceeds split between them and the foundation.

Klimt - Adele Bloch-Bauer II – This is a companion piece to the other, more famous portrait. It is one of five Gustav Klimt paintings that were returned to Maria Altmann, the niece of Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, in January 2006. In November 2006, Christie's auction house sold "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II" at auction for almost $88 million.

Klimt - Black feathered hat – This seems like something Toulouse Lautrec could have painted, quite different from Klimt’s usual style.

Klimt – Portrait of a bearded man – A pencil sketch

George Grosz – Street II – This is from the permanent collection and just caught my fancy, there’s a lot going on here if you look closely.

An interesting exhibit and once again a chance to see things that don’t appear in the public eye that often.

This is a three minute video from Sotheby’s on Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights which allows you to look at it closely and speculate on the mind that created something this astonishing.

From Heaven to Hell and Back in Hieronymus Bosch’s 'Garden'

And this is a very sad story about the life of the granddaughter of the artist Guy Pène du Bois, an artist in her own right.
Artist Felix Pène du Bois dies at age 61

And now, the Flickrs.

Andy G.

All three glamour pictures

Where are you going?.

White 5


DeeDee 181

First mad dress

Sailor girl #1

lift tease

More pink maid

Hopelessly Pink

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Re: This year’s Summer Flickr
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2018, 03:19:51 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

It appears our long pleasant weather will be interrupted starting tonight. Rain is in the forecast literally for the next week if we can believe our weather forecasters. I’m heading into New York in early evening to have dinner with my brother and I’m not looking forward to the commute although I am looking forward to the dinner and company.

I went back to the Met this week for their exhibition, Visitors to Versailles, 1682-1789.  It was a large exhibit consisting of costumes, that is, period dresses and suits, furniture, jewelry and trinkets, tapestries and paintings. When I arrived home from the exhibit I emailed my brother and told him that I found it a pleasant viewing but not by any means a blockbuster or must see exhibit. There were some nice paintings but nothing in the first tier of artists that one would expect of an exhibit at the Met. I asked what his opinion of the show was. His reply was:

“It’s a very minor show.  I don’t know why the Met did it, although it probably didn’t cost a lot for the loans.  Weirdly there were no paintings by Boucher or the other great artists of the period. I suppose the focus is on the palace rather than the occupants. I guess it’s a legitimate subject, I’m just surprised that the Met gave it such a weak, uninspired presentation. “

I agree wholeheartedly and wondered why, if no one else, the Met didn’t include any of Elizabeth Vigee Le Brun’s paintings, she certainly did enough portraits of Marie Antoinette.

That being said, I’ll link to some of the more interesting items I saw.

This is a link to the Overview page If you scroll down, first you will see a link to view all the objects in the exhibit. Scrolling further you will see, Read more about Visitors to Versailles in this Now at The Met blog series published in conjunction with the exhibition. Clicking on the link brings you to four different blogs discussing the show.  Below that are two videos, one about the exhibit and the other a history of Versailles. I’ve listed below some of the things I enjoyed and added an additional link to an enlargement of the painting.

Exterior View of the Royal Chapel - Pietro Bellotti – This was one of the first things in the exhibit and I was attracted to it due to its similarity to paintings by Canaletto. This is not surprising as Bellotti was Canaletto’s nephew.

The Tuileries Palace Seen from the Seine - Nicolas Jean-Baptiste Raguenet – Another painting evocative of the Venetian painters by one of the many artists I was unfamiliar with.

The Rock and Belvedere at the Petit Trianon - Claude Louis Châtelet – I thought this a wonderful painting, so much to see. The Belvedere Pavilion surrounded by its stone lion guards, the men on the steps, hard to see what the man sitting on the steps is doing, fishing perhaps. The other men relaxing on the shore. The little waterfall and the reflection of the rock and the pavilion in the water. Very tranquil and serene. The second image is an enlargement. (This is a link to webpage in French that discusses the painting. Depending on your browser when you open the page it should ask you if you wish to translate. If it doesn’t, right click anywhere on the page and you should be able to click on a translate button to bring the page to English.)

Miniature Portrait of Louis XVI - Louis Marie Sicardi – Benjamin Franklin was Minister (ambassador) to France from 1778 to 1785. This tiny portrait was a gift to him when he left the Court. Originally the painting was surrounded by 408 diamonds which are long gone. Franklin bequeathed it to his daughter telling her to never wear the diamonds which she eventually sold.  Franklin was replaced as Minister by Thomas Jefferson.

Benjamin Franklin - Joseph Siffred Duplessis – This painting was done while Franklin served at Court.

Thomas Jefferson - Jean Antoine Houdon – Houdon was a French neoclassical sculptor, famous for his portrait busts and statues of philosophers, inventors and political figures of the Enlightenment. Along with Jefferson in the exhibit was his John Paul Jones.
John Paul Jones - Jean Antoine Houdon

Snuffbox with portrait of Louis XVI - Joseph Étienne Blerzy – Like the miniature portrait of Louis XVI mentioned above this snuff box was also embellished with diamonds and these remain in place. In looking at it through the glass case you can see the diamonds twinkling in the light. Be sure to enlarge the image to look at it closely.

Tableau - Manufactory:Sèvres Manufactory - Painted by Jacques-François Micaud – This lovely still life is painted on porcelain.

Cupid in a Medallion - Manufacture Nationale des Gobelins – Francois Boucher designed the Cupid in the center of this tapestry while two additional French artists designed the surroundings. Boucher is someone I would have expected to be well represented in this exhibit but this is his only appearance.

So, as I said, a pleasant gallery visit although not by any means a spectacular.

Now it’s off to the Flickrs.

Andy G.

It's shocking how lovely and feminine I feel in this girly pink dress! – Something new from our old friend Ladee Alana.


Candi Lingerie Blonde Bimbo Princess 15

Classic outline

Kendall Dreams (6)

Did Ya see that backhand? * . Ha!

Off out to Manchester clubbing


Happy Halloween from TG Miss Shoot

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Re: This year’s Summer Flickr
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2018, 04:41:45 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

The on again off again rainy weather has continued for another week and doesn’t look to be going away any time soon. I’m grateful that it hasn’t rained continuously and for the most part I’ve managed to avoid it when I had to be out of doors. Right now it’s a beautiful sunny day. As a matter of fact I even washed my car earlier in the day. Something I pretty much do annually. This suffices as it’s parked in a garage and doesn’t go out very often, especially in inclement weather.

Recently I visited the Brooklyn Museum specifically for one exhibit, William Trost Richards: Experiments in Watercolor. Richards is someone my brother and I both very much enjoy. It was almost a disaster. The museum is a venerable long time New York institution but I’m not sure what to make of it currently. It’s always been a step sister to the Met and the other major museums in Manhattan. I got there at 11AM, opening time, and there were a few extra people there for a David Bowie exhibit I didn’t know was running. That exhibit was an additional two dollars and didn’t open until Noon with timed admission but I decided to spend the extra money in case I was willing to wait in line.

The first thing I wanted to see was the Trost Richards watercolors. I went up to the Fifth floor, where the exhibit is located, and admired their collection of Hudson River painters and the Edward Hopper painting that they have on display and wondered why there were no signs for the Richards. Finally I asked a guard who told me it was in the Luce Center (basically their attic where art is hung randomly and only identified by a code which you need to cross reference. I say attic but it’s on the Fifth floor) and she showed me the way. The doors were locked and when we got inside there were men working. They had a discussion with the guard and I was told that it wouldn’t be open for another half hour. This also had something to do with the fact that the guards were understaffed. I was not pleased. I then went downstairs to the other floors to pass the time until I could see the exhibit.

I had seen an article that the bulk of their Impressionist works were sent out on tour to Winnipeg so I wasn’t expecting to see them but wondered what would be hanging in their place.  This is a link to that article.  Apparently the way they made up for the missing Impressionist art was to bring out very large paintings by minor artists and also leave space between them. Kind of like when we were in school and triple spaced our essays to make them look more comprehensive. There were still some great things but not many. I wandered through the period rooms to their Contemporary Art which seemed to be closed. I went to their Asian Wing which continues to have a small number of items on display as the wing continues to be undergoing renovations .

Then I went back upstairs and the Luce was still closed. A guard was speaking with an official and I asked when I would be allowed in. The official said he didn’t know if the exhibit would be open that day and wouldn’t know for another 15 or 20 minutes. I explained that I had come from New Jersey specifically to see this exhibit but he said there was nothing he could do. So I got on line for the Bowie. While I was waiting the official found me and told me the exhibit was open. I left Bowie immediately. The exhibit was buried in a corner in the back of the Luce Center, not very well lit. That being said it was a very nice, albeit small, exhibit, 30 paintings in all.  All of them are from the Brooklyn’s collection. I’ve copied links to them below along with their enormous Albert Bierstadt which certainly must be ranked among his greatest works and the Hopper I reference above.

All of these unless otherwise identified are by William Trost Richards.

Lake Winnipesaukee – Love that moon

Torre de Schiavi

Thunderheads at Sea, The Pearl – Beautiful painting of the undisturbed beach on a cloudy day. If you look closely you can see a few boats and possibly a bird.

Stonehenge – Sheep grazing next to inscrutable Stonehenge.

Recently another ancient Henge was discovered which you can read about in the link below.
In Ireland, Drought And A Drone Revealed The Outline Of An Ancient Henge

Landscape with fence

Landscape with Stream and Road, Chester County – A broad expanse of greenery.

The Sakonnet River

Beach Scene with barrel and anchor – Another deserted beach with some debris in the corner and a few boats on the horizon.

Woodland Boulders

A High tide at Atlantic City – What I take to be sunset or sunrise, a very melancholy picture.

This is a link to all of the above as well as additional paintings not in the exhibit.

This is a link to the museum overview page for the exhibit.

Albert Bierstadt - A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie  (Enlarged view)

Edward Hopper – Macombs Dam Bridge   (A little larger view)

I imagine the Brooklyn is very underfunded but I really think they need a President with vision to transform them into a force as opposed to what they are now which is a venerable institution, poorly run. I elected not to get back in line for the Bowie exhibit. It’s since closed but from what I’ve read it was a very successful exhibition for them, they wound up extending its run. I loved Bowie and his music but really didn’t have much interest in seeing his memorabilia.

Below is a paid notice for the philanthropist Florence Irving, who along with her husband, was a major benefactor to the Met as well as other venerable institutions. As you can read below, in 2015 they donated the bulk of their Asian art to the Met which is now the most comprehensive in the West.

The Trustees and staff of The Metropolitan Museum of Art mourn with profound sadness the passing of Florence Irving, longtime Trustee, devoted friend, and inspirational donor for more than 30 years. With her late husband, Herbert, Florence helped transform The Met's collection and galleries through extraordinary gifts of funds and works of art. She also served as a dedicated member of many board committees, including the Acquisitions Committee, and was chairman of the Visiting Committee for the Watson Library and a longtime member of the Chairman's Council. The Irvings were most recently responsible for a transformative, landmark gift of historic proportions that will support The Met's scholarship, collection building, and programming for generations. Florence and Herb were avid collectors of Asian art for more than 50 years, and in 2015 gave much of their superb collection to The Met, making the Museum's holdings of Asian art the most comprehensive in the Western world. They also endowed a curatorial position for the Arts of South and Southeast Asia as well as a librarian position within The Met's Thomas J. Watson Library, another area that has benefited greatly from their support. In recognition of their generosity, the Museum designated the Florence and Herbert Irving Asian Wing in 2004. That same year, the Florence and Herbert Irving Reading Room was named in their honor. The Museum is immensely grateful for their vision and support, and we will miss the warmth and care that Florence so genuinely extended to The Met community. Our deepest condolences go out to her children, Jeffrey, Gail, and Ronald, and their families. Daniel Brodsky, Chairman

This is a link to a Forbes article on her and her husband which describes their life together and philanthropic activities. I’m wondering if there is more art in store for the Met or if anything remaining was bequeathed to their children.

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Re: This year’s Summer Flickr
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2018, 06:13:35 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

More rain this week, it absolutely poured this morning while I was at the Shop Rite. I decided to put off my walk until later in the day and that proved wise as by Noon the rain had ended. Still more rain coming the rest of the week.

The Museum of Modern Art is not one of my favorite venues as many of their exhibits display abstract art. That being said, I came across this article from the Nation that was published when MOMA opened in 1929 and I found it interesting. I think it’s the entire article even though page three is blank. Their early exhibits were certainly to my taste. And I discovered I can view them if I want to.
MOMA has digitized every exhibit they ever mounted and all of them are available on their website as this article explains.
This is a link to the history of their exhibitions. The very first exhibit they ever put on was of Cezanne, Seurat, Gauguin and Van Gogh, an exhibit I would certainly rush to see if it was mounted today. Click on it and check it out.
In the catalog for this exhibit there is a chart that shows the extent of holdings of public museums of these artists in 1929 and it wasn’t exactly overwhelming although it does note that it doesn’t include the Barnes and the Phillips. It was a remarkable exhibit in its quality, the only unfortunate thing is that catalogs were printed in black and white back then. Still to see this is remarkable.

I visited two galleries this week, Hirschl & Adler and Forum Gallery. Hirschl & Adler is on East 57th Street and Forum Gallery is on Park Avenue just off 57th Street.  Both were exhibiting American art, contemporary and 19th Century. Hirschl had some very nice things including a painting by Fitz Henry Lane. Lane was an American maritime painter of the 19th Century and is one of my favorite artists. Many years ago my brother and I took a trip to Gloucester Massachusetts, his home town, to visit a museum entirely devoted to his art. We had to fly to a nearby City and then we rented a car for the visit. The museum was filled with his paintings and aside from getting a parking ticket in their lot it left me with some wonderful memories. Up until 2005 Lane was misidentified as Fitz Hugh rather than Fitz Henry and no one can say why. The frame for this painting actually identifies him as Fitz Hugh.  I don’t think I’ve seen a Lane in a gallery or an auction before. If I did it would have been a onetime thing. Hirschl had other works by noted American artists as well as some contemporary things that I enjoyed.

Forum Gallery had three Charles Demuth flower watercolors. He’s someone else I really like a lot who doesn’t appear that often although certainly more often than Lane. Demuth was an early 20th Century artist and for the most part everything else in the exhibition was from more contemporary artists. I’ve included links to things I enjoyed below.

Fitz Henry Lane - View of Boston Harbor – No one could paint boats like Lane.

William Trost Richards - A Marine Scene (Tintagel) – Richards made many trips to the British coast of Cornwall to sketch the cliffs and the ruined castle, Tintagel, with the ocean waves beating against the rocks.

Thomas Cole – Italian Autumn – I thought this a wonderful landscape and I linked to it the last time I was at the Gallery in 2015. I’m surprised it hasn’t sold.

Martin Johnson Heade - Still Life with Flowers in a Vase

Charles Sheeler – Ephrata - Sheeler was a 20th Century artist/commercial photographer who was known as a precisionist as his paintings were very linear and could be quite as faithful to the original as his photographs. He liked to paint buildings, machinery and industrial sites.  This is actually a tiny, (3.5”x 4.75”) charming scene of houses in Pennsylvania. I also linked to this several years ago. I guess the market for Sheeler is not wide as it too remains unsold.

William Michael Harnett – Music – Trompe l’oeil from the master.

Childe Hassam - Woman at the Door – On the website it discusses Hassam as being stylistically inconsistent rejecting the Impressionist label although this painting emulates the French impressionists.

Jeffrey Ripple – Shells, Butterflies, Flowers – Lovely still life by this contemporary artist.

Colin Brown - Chrysler Building – Brown is a contemporary artist and I was taken with this painting when I viewed it. It appears to be a photograph when you first view it and you have to look closely to see that it’s really a painting. Brown’s technique is discussed in a brief essay on this site. His art is similar to Richard Estes, another contemporary artist, whose works I’ve written about.

Stone Roberts - The Angry Man – Another contemporary artist, I was drawn to this painting for it’s realistic imaging, from the combative stance of the figure in the foreground to the cobblestones he is standing on to the wrinkles on his suit.

Charles Demuth, Flowers, c.1915 – I always hearken back to an exhibit of Demuth’s watercolors I saw at the Met many years ago which had many paintings likes these three.

Charles Demuth, Iris, c.1918

Charles Demuth, Flowers, c.1928-1932   

Guillermo Muñoz Vera, Peras Amarillas, 1996 – I really liked this rather large painting of a few pears on a shelf.

That’s it for this week.

Andy G.

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Re: This year’s Summer Flickr
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2018, 05:25:23 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Our ongoing damp summer caught up to me again this morning as I took my walk in the rain. It wasn’t pouring when I left and about half way through it stopped for a while before starting again in a drizzle. I’ve certainly been out in worse weather. And the whole day has pretty much been a washout, it’s surprising the Yankees managed to get their game in this afternoon.

I went back to the Met this week for their new exhibition, "Devotion to Drawing: The Karen B. Cohen Collection of Eugène Delacroix." Karen B. Cohen is an honorary trustee of the museum as well as a long time benefactor. She first promised Delacroix drawings to the museum back in 1998 from what evolved into an enormous collection. Eugène Delacroix was a French Romantic artist of the 19th Century.  He was regarded as the leader of the French Romantic school. Wikipedia defines romanticism as, “characterized by its emphasis on emotion and individualism as well as glorification of all the past and nature, preferring the medieval rather than the classical.” He had a profound influence on the Impressionists with his broad brushstrokes and treatment of color in his paintings. This is a link to the long essay on Delacroix on Wikipedia with many illustrations of his works.

This exhibit is a precursor to the Met’s upcoming Delacroix exhibit in the Fall which is a joint project with the Musée du Louvre and will display more than 150 paintings, drawings, prints, and manuscripts—many never before seen in the United States. I look forward to that with great anticipation. My brother is friends with a Professor of fine arts who has a fine collection of drawings himself and he viewed the drawing exhibit in France. He states that Delacroix is the least appreciated of the great French artists—that everyone knows a few iconic works but he’s not a popular figure. That may change with the Met’s Fall exhibit.

This is a link to the Met website overview of the exhibit. To the left you can click on Exhibition Galleries, which discuss the different phases of his art and also a link to selected objects. Unfortunately not everything in the exhibit is on display.

This is a link to the Met press release announcing the exhibit.

This is a link to a site with some illustrations not available on the Met website.

Below are some of the items in the exhibit I particularly enjoyed. Click on them to enlarge them.

Sunset – This colorful pastel painting is clearly influenced by the sky studies of Turner and Constable who Delacroix admired.

Goetz von Berlichingen Being Dressed in Armor by His Page George – There were several of his watercolors, he was masterful in any medium he chose. As noted on the website, “he skillfully described the texture of the brocade curtain and the glint of the armor, its specificity no doubt a product of his studies of armor in London in 1825.”

Three Arab Horsemen at an Encampment – Another watercolor.

A Moroccan Couple on Their Terrace – I think this is my favorite of the watercolors, I especially like the bright colors and the details of the couple’s clothing.

Crouching Tiger – Delacroix enjoyed sketching lions and tigers at the zoo and I’ve seen other examples at exhibits and auctions. He really captures the fierceness of the animal getting ready to pounce.

Study of Jacopo Brought before His Father, the Doge, for "The Two Foscari" – One of his rough preparatory sketches for the painting which I’ve linked to below. The inscription at the bottom translates to: “show only one of Jacques' feet and those of the woman; the rest / hidden by the steps and by the office.” Some insight into the workings of the artists mind.ène_Delacroix_-_Musée_Condé.jpg

Hamlet Reproaches His Mother – Delacroix created lithographs illustrating scenes from books from Goethe and Shakespeare. This is a scene from Hamlet showing him displaying his father’s picture and reproaching his mother for marrying his Uncle. The links show the drawing and the lithograph. Note that the image is reversed in the lithograph. The drawing was at one time owned by Degas.

Écorché: Three Studies of a Male Cadaver – This shows the body flayed to expose muscle. I found this of interest due to the fact that the famous French sculptor, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux owned the drawing at one time. I’ve mentioned previously that the Met’s Carpeaux exhibit was what made me become interested in sculpture.

Studies of Four Englishmen, after James Gillray – Gillray was an English political cartoonist and one of the artists that Delacroix copied in his early years while he was learning his craft. The original Gillray illustration follows.

That’s our Flickr this week except for the Flickrs which follow.

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Re: This year’s Summer Flickr
« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2018, 05:11:50 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

This week I had a special treat as I finally got to visit the Morris Jumel mansion, which is in upper Manhattan, for an exhibition of Charles Addams cartoons. I first heard about the exhibit in January and had already planned the trip when luckily I discovered that the mansion was closed due to plumbing issues and wasn’t scheduled to reopen until mid to end February. Well, that extended a number of times until it finally did actually open in July. Luckily they were able to keep getting extensions on exhibiting the Addams cartoons.

Charles Addams was an American cartoonist and illustrator who drew humorously macabre cartoons the bulk of which appeared in The New Yorker magazine. He came to have a cast of characters that appeared in the cartoons although they were never identified by name until a television show was aired in the early sixties based on the characters. My first introduction to him was as a child when I would go to the Fordham library in the Bronx and go through the bound volumes of magazines, Life, Time and the New Yorker. At that age the only thing in the New Yorker that interested me were the cartoons, I was put off by all the words and lack of photos and illustrations. Of course as an adult I’ve been reading it for more than 40 years while also acquiring a number of bound volumes from every decade it’s been published which started in the 20’s. I firmly believe it’s the best American magazine published.

I took a friend and we went in the afternoon as I knew I would take her to dinner and I didn’t want to do that too early. I planned on arriving at the museum around 2:30PM but it took a little longer to get there than planned. We took the #1 train which for some reason is even noisier than the C or the A and there were times I had to pause our conversation because never mind hearing what my friend was saying, I couldn’t hear myself. As we were approaching 157th Street it quieted down a little so I continued speaking and got distracted and we missed the stop. The stop we actually wanted was the next one but the station is closed so we had to continue on to 168th Street and then take the train back. If I was alone I would have just walked but my friend is not in great shape and she could not walk that far. As it was the seven block walk to the mansion was a lot for her. To be fair they are very long blocks. She walks very slowly and I have to put the brakes on when I walk with her as I always walk at a brisk pace.

I wasn’t concerned about the time until we got to the museum and they had the hours posted. Somehow I had misread them on the website and the museum is only open until 5PM on the weekend, during the week it closes at 4PM. As we got there at 3:04PM I was annoyed as I wasn’t sure we would be able to see everything. But it wasn’t a problem, the period rooms weren’t really anything special so it was just the exhibit and it was a small one. But it was really wonderful, a very good selection of his cartoons, a number of which made me laugh out loud.

The weather cooperated, for the most part we avoided the rain and it wasn’t stiflingly hot although both rides on the subway were in non-air conditioned cars. We had a nice dinner in the diner on Ninth avenue and then when we got home to her house we ate the devil’s food cake I baked. She had a lovely time and so did I and I was happy to have given her a day out. None of the cartoons are on the museum website so I had to write down the titles and look for them on the web. Here’s a nice selection.   

Subway Hand – The link is to a page with many of his cartoons, Subway Hand is the first one, at the top left.

Atomic Laboratories – At this link, it’s the last cartoon on the page.

Automat – On this page there’s also an essay on Addams. The cartoon is the first in a slide show.

Please Do Not Feed The Squirrels

"At the bottom of the steps, turn right. The meter is on the far wall."

Planetarium - This is a series of 8. It was the first one in the show and the first one that made me laugh out loud even though I had seen it previously.

Chartered Bus – This is the whole Addams family together.

The kids still believe in Santa Claus

We won’t be late Miss Weems

Suddenly I have this dreadful urge to be merry

I really could keep going as everything in the exhibit was worthwhile, as my brother said, he really was a genius. I’ve seen a number of exhibits over the years and all of them were wonderful. The main branch of the New York Public Library had an ongoing, rotating selection of his work a number of years ago and I made it a point to see each rotation.

This is a link to the Sotheby’s website with a very nice video and essay on Van Gogh’s bedroom painting.

The Painting that Helped Ease Van Gogh’s Most Turbulent Year

And now let’s visit the Flickrs.

Andy G.

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Re: This year’s Summer Flickr
« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2018, 06:56:53 PM »
I almost forgot about those Addams cartoons. They used to re-run them in our local paper & Mad Magazine just about the time the TV show first aired. I loved the cartoons & the TV show as a kid. I have the entire series & still watch a few occasionally. I thought they were a lot more fun, & way cooler than their competition, the Munsters, & they even liked to play with toy trains.

I even enjoyed their movies too. We're still running the 2 movies in our movie section (only visible to members) in HD. They're in the "Fun, adventure, drama, & documentaries" thread down there.

The Munster movies were not nearly as good.

Here's the very first episode of the Addams Family. I have the series in DVD quality but for here for public use, I made a highly compressed VHS quality version to save on space & bandwidth. Maybe I'll run the DVD version of the series in our private viewing area for Halloween again.

Addams Family - Episode 1
VHS quality (highly compressed but looks OK on smaller screens), 35mb, 26 minutes.

You can read more about them here:

it wasn’t stiflingly hot although both rides on the subway were in non-air conditioned cars

That must have smelled interesting. In my town, I always got stuck on a bus with no AC, with windows that don't open. What are they thinking by putting something like that on the road in 85F-90F heat? At least send one that has windows that can actually open.

Now they all have tinted windows that don't open. So if it's dark outside, which is any time after 4pm in the winter, with the lighting on inside the bus, you can't see outside to see if you're stop is coming up unless you stand right in the front window next to the driver.


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