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Is it really the Fall Flickr already? Well, just about.
« on: September 22, 2018, 05:43:05 PM »
Is it really the Fall Flickr already? Well, just about.

Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Yes, regretfully summer ends here in New Jersey tonight at 9:54 PM. The seasons come and go far too quickly to suit me. I guess that’s not true of winter which seems to just go on and on each year. I’m hoping the dire forecasts for lots of snow turn out to be inexact, I don’t look forward to the inconvenience or the financial aspects of removing it.

This week I visited the Rubin Museum of Art at 150 West 17th Street in Manhattan. The museum is the site of the old Barneys New York, a clothing store turned into a museum when Barneys went bankrupt in 2004. Barneys had a six story spiral staircase which was preserved when renovations took place to turn it into the Rubin museum.

This is a link to the museum website with pictures of the staircase and a discussion about what’s on each of the floors.

I visited Barneys more than 40 years ago when I went there to buy a suit for an interview with the Company that would be a long time employer and the first serious job I had after working for my father, holding down temporary positions and being on unemployment for a year. Life was very different back then, I received unemployment benefits of $70 a week and was able to live quite nicely on that. With three roommates we rented a four bedroom home on a substantial piece of property for $375 a month. I was never much of a drinker but I did like to go to the local tavern in the afternoons and have a few 15 cents beers while I partook of the free cheese and crackers and pretzels. It was a very different life. I remember that for the interview I cut off my very long hair and shaved my beard so as to make a good impression and of course I needed to buy a suit to wear for the interview. Having purchased it, as I was walking out of Barneys a young man approached to enter the store and when our eyes met he looked at me and said, hope you get the job. Clearly it was obvious why I was there. I also have to laugh, I mentioned shaving my beard, and when I opened the door to the office where I was interviewing, the first person I saw had a beard. As did every male employee aside from the man who would become my immediate boss and subsequently a life-long friend.

The museum originated from a private collection of Himalayan art which Donald and Shelley Rubin had been assembling since 1974 and is filled with Tibetan art. I’ve been there a few times and it’s always an interesting visit. The main exhibit was dedicated to Padmasambhava,  also known as Guru Rinpoche, an 8th-century Indian Buddhist master widely venerated as a "Second Buddha" by adherents of Tibetan Buddhism in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, the Himalayan states of India.  Among his talents, he could see time in a panoptical, wraparound way: past, present and future simultaneously. He realized people were prone to be crass and forgetful, so he took the precaution of planting emergency supplies of his teachings in secret places for rediscovery, by generations of teachers called “treasurer revealers.” The exhibition was filled with images of him and his treasure revealers. The museum website doesn’t have a specific gallery of objects in the exhibitions so I’ve linked to a number of websites with reviews and illustrations. It’s really difficult to appreciate the detail that went into these works, so small that the museum offers magnifying glasses to help see the images better. And there is always a lot to see as these images usually tell a story of some sort.

This is an article from the New York Times with a very favorable review of the exhibit with a few illustrations.

This is another review with more illustrations.

And this is an installation view with many illustrations.

This is a link to the Rubin website with an audio tour describing different pictures.

I also went back to the Ronin Gallery for their current exhibition, 47 RONIN - KUNIYOSHI'S BIOGRAPHIES OF THE LOYAL RETAINERS. These woodblock prints tell a story of a real incident in the 18th Century which has been portrayed many times since in all the arts. It was made into a film in 2013 starring Keanu Reeves and a mostly Japanese cast which did not get especially good reviews. This is the actual story as shown on the website.

The celebrated legend of the 47 loyal retainers stems from the historical event known as the Ako incident (1701-1704). Continuously illustrated, adapted, parodied, and performed since the 18th century, the Ako incident entered Edo’s popular culture through the literary rendition Kanadehon Chushingura (1748). The story goes as follows: The shogun appointed Asano, a young lord from the country, to receive the emperor’s ambassadors. The unscrupulous Kira was assigned to teach Asano the ways of court etiquette, but insulted Asano so deeply that the country lord drew his sword in the shogun’s palace. When this offense mandated ritual suicide, Asano’s 47 samurai became ronin, or samurai without a master. Devastated by the loss and outraged by Kira’s trickery, the retainers swore to avenge their master’s death. After much planning, they staged a night attack, killing Kira before turning themselves in and meeting their own death. To this day, the 47 ronin remain enshrined at Sengaku Temple beside their beloved master.

All the wood block prints are of similar format, each shows a Ronin in action with an essay in Japanese describing their life. This is a link to the first in the series,  Tokuda Magodayu Shigemori. Off to the right of the image and above the artist’s name and description of the print is the “next” button which you can click on to see each subsequent prints in slideshow fashion. If you scroll down the page you will see 3 drop down menus. If you click on the + sign next to “About The Art” you’ll see a brief description of the Ronin portrayed. The first Ronin is described as, Tokuda Magodayu Shigemori was an expert at Japanese fencing. He took the oath to be a member with his son, Tadaemon. Even though he was 50 years old, he fought valiantly.

This is a link to the website homepage if you want to explore all the art online which is considerable.

This is a link to a long essay on Wikipedia about the legend of the 47 Ronin.

I always enjoy my visits to the Gallery, it’s a small setting and usually I’m the only one viewing the prints. I look forward to my next visit.

This is an interesting article, “Double Dutch: This Old Masters Dealer Has Discovered Yet Another Previously Unknown Rembrandt.” It’s always exciting when a painting by a revered artist is found.  I find this interesting as an old bound volume of newspapers I own has an article on John C. Van Dyke,  an art expert, who wrote a book in 1923 claiming the majority of paintings attributed to Rembrandt at the time were not by him. He received a lot of flak but history proved him to be accurate in many cases. One of the paintings mentioned in the article is owned by the Met, Old Woman Cutting Her Nails, and the attribution was changed from Rembrandt to “Style of Rembrandt.” It was also at times attributed to Nicolaes Maes, a pupil, and Abraham van Dijck, an associate. The painting is currently not on view. The first link is the article, the second link is essay on Wikipedia about the painting with an illustration. The third link is an article from Newsweek from 1991 which discusses the Rembrandt Research Project which has been down labeling his paintings since it was founded in Holland in 1967. The article states that there were 1000 of his paintings in 1900 but by 2000, based on work by the Project, that figure would drop to 250.

And this is really great news,  “Met plans to leave Breuer building, making way for the Frick.”

The Frick will be able to hang their art in a much better setting, better lighting and so much more space. Bigger exhibits and more of the art that usually doesn't get exhibited. The Met saves money and the Frick's art isn't unavailable for several years while they do their expansion renovations. I look forward to the opening.

Now let’s see what’s new at the Flickrs.

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Re: Is it really the Fall Flickr already? Well, just about.
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2018, 09:20:47 PM »
Thanks again Andyg for your Art lesson and gallery visits. I look forward to your post each week as a chance to see both the art and galleries I have no access to right now and I like your comments also ( your first job interview was similar to mine although my father insisted I cut my hair long before that). You know the old story, "under my roof under my rules" and so that is how it was for my first formative years until I was in my late teens, then I somewhat rebelled about the hair rule in high school.

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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2018, 09:32:55 AM »
My first full time job interview was just the opposite. I probably wouldn't have got the job in short hair & a suit, even though everybody who worked there had short hair & a suit.
It was a high-end audio equipment store & service center.

As a regular there, looking for deals on equipment for the bands or buying odds & ends for them, I was talking to the owner's son (who worked there) about being tired of being on the road with bands, & being shipped out of town working for the pipe organ company all the time.
I was going to quit it all soon, so I could get to go home at the end of the day.

He asked how soon was I quitting. I said 2-4 weeks notice after I find a full time job just working in the city. He hired me right on the spot... hair down to my shoulders, stubble on my chin, holes in my jeans, & wearing an old Frank Zappa T-shirt.
I started working part time there the next day, & full time about 2 weeks later.

I was the only one not required to wear a suit. Technically I was in the service department, but didn't have to wear their blue shirt & blue dress pants uniform either. I just had to dress neat. No old shirts or worn out jeans.

It turns out I was specifically hired to attract bands & radio personalities that were shopping at their competitors for audio equipment. Their competitors wore jeans, not suits or uniforms. It worked too. I already knew a lot of the local bands & radio DJs. So they did come in when I told them I work there. I even got them a sound/lights installation & service contract for Buffalo's first disco.

But looks aren't everything. The owner said I was the most polite & friendly employee he ever had. When dealing with customers, being naturally polite & friendly seems to help.
Most intelligent people can spot a fake. I also knew all about the stuff they sell or service, so when someone had a technical question, I had a good answer.

Even when I started as a DJ, there was no dressed interview. I was just wearing old jeans & a t-shirt (didn't care much for my boy clothes). Working as an independent installing sound in a club, the owner insisted he wanted me to DJ there. Although I DJ'd some events, I did not want nightclub DJ work, & was not qualified to be a nightclub DJ. And disco was the thing in clubs in those days -- I hated disco. It turns out that's why he wanted me. To attract the rock-club, & alternative types. He just wanted a guy with long hair & beat up jeans in there who had a lot of band or rock friends, that wasn't gonna fry the sound system.

LOL, a year later I was considered one of the most popular disco DJs in the area, even though I had long hair, & frequently wore a "Disco Sucks" T-shirt on the job. My excuse? In a radio interview (1970s) I said, "I don't play disco, I play dance & alternative music."

Breathing a lot better most days since the humidty & heat is lower. I have AC but it's too small for very hot or humid days to keep up enough with COPD.

But I'm not looking for bigger AC that will run up my electric bill more. With the AC running, & a bigger O2 machine, I just had the biggest electric bills in almost 20 years this summer. The O2 machine gives off a ton of heat, which makes the AC work harder & longer. Also on warm or humid days, air pollution is higher, which is hard on anyone with COPD, the elderly, young children, some pets, & many animals.

Interestingly, in 2017, things had gotten so efficient, that my electric & heat bills were the lowest in my life for almost the whole year. But that all changed when I needed oxygen by Christmas. A little secret -- I almost didn't make it to the new year. That was my third near-death experience.

So even though I'm working more, & earning more again, I'm still in debt up to my eyeballs because it's costing me a lot more just to stay alive.

Hopefully now that it gets a little cooler, energy & other costs will go down for a while so I can catch up with some debts a little. So I welcome the cooler weather. Unless my COPD gets worse again (which it will eventually), I breathe better most colder or cold dry days, & will save a lot of money until it gets very cold.

There's one thing nice about my place. I don't have to take care of the snow. With COPD I can't go out anyway. People drop stuff off for me to work on, or I work remotely online. Editing, mixing, & streaming for work is done at home too. I have people carry stuff up & down the stairs for me. Most days it would be too hard to get up & down the stairs even with oxygen.

So I don't have to deal with snow. I still keep the heat down very low at bedtime, but under the blankets you don't feel the cold. Getting up can be a chilling experience until the place slowly warms up though.

The building's fire alarm went off last week at the worst possible time.
My breathing real was bad. Thinking I might have to evacuate, I grab my wallet, phone, keys, & put on my shoes. By the time I did that, I was so out of breath, I had to sit for 5 minutes on oxygen to catch my breath. It was a false alarm. By the time I caught my breath, the fire alarm was reset. But if it was a real fire, I probably would have keeled over halfway down the stairs, or died in the fire. On a cooler drier day, I may make it out easier.

If things get any worse, I might have to move far out of town to live closer to what little family & friends I have left that are still alive... if I can find some place cheap enough there that allows my cats. Then I also have to find someone to move me & my stuff cheap. I'll probably just leave everything behind but basics. Bedroom, clothes, computers, & kitchen items.

Most rentals come with a fridge & stove so don't have to move them. Maybe move just enough stuff that will fit in a van or pickup truck.

Originally I liked this area because it was close to everything, to work, to the store, & a few friends. The friends have moved away or passed on. I can't go out, & only on a very good day can make it down the stairs. Being close to stores doesn't matter anymore. My work comes to me, is done at home, or online.

There's nothing to keep me in the area anymore except that the place is cheap, & I don't know how I would ever move without a lot of free help -- that I can't find. Because of my condition, it is dangerous, & possibly life-threatening for me to stay here much longer. But wherever I live, I can't take care of snow, or a lawn. I still cook & clean by myself, but it goes slower with COPD, even with oxygen.

If I could find a friendly roommate, they'd have most of the place to their self as long as I had a bedroom big enough for my computers, a small table to sit at to work on stuff, & had a decent closet. Maybe I'd even pay more than my share if they're willing to help more with chores & stuff, or give them extra to assist with my work or projects.

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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2018, 10:29:55 AM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

Well, our first week of Fall has been cool and rainy and I hope it’s not an omen of what’s to come. The weather today is dry and warm and that’s the forecast for the week so I will enjoy it while I can. This is an early Flickr as I’m heading to the Jersey Shore for a day with a friend.

One morning this week I walked downtown and over to the far West Side of Manhattan just short of 11th Avenue. Any further and I would have been in the Hudson river. I visited the Zwirner and Marlborough galleries. The Marlborough exhibition is, Red Grooms Handiwork, 1955-2018, curated by Dan Nadel. Grooms is a contemporary American artist, 81 years old and still working and creative. I’m not fond of many contemporary artists but he is hands down my favorite, someone with a real sense of humor who creates installations, multi-material compositions in three dimensions, some on an enormous scale. For an earlier show he created a full size bus filled with people as well as a porno book store which appears in this exhibit as well. This is in addition to his paintings, drawings and small constructions, some of which hang on walls while others are freestanding. What he is also known for is his enormous home run installation for the Miami Marlins which is triggered when a Marlin hits a home run. You can see it in action here. It’s also a bit controversial, when it was first installed the baseball purists were horrified and now Derek Jeter would like to have it taken down and put in storage but Red isn’t going to let this happen so quickly. You can read about it here.    I think it’s great and I love Red, I’ve been to a number of his exhibits and they’re always a lot of fun. This is a link to the gallery website with illustrations.

I’ll also point out some of the things I especially liked.

This is a slideshow showing the bookstore.

Buster Keaton and friends, a hanging three dimensional construction.

Gretchen Meets Calder's Apple Monster – freestanding.

Walking the dogs – painted canvas, papier-mâché and metal chain on wood support

Shoot the Moon - colored inks, paper movie with movie scroll

Rat from No Gas - composition and sheet, lithograph

I’m disappointed that I can’t find more samples on the Internet, it was a large collection and there were other things I would have liked to link to but this should give you some idea of what he’s all about.

The Zwirner was an interesting show but I was a little disappointed and I’m not sure exactly why. Part of the reason is that there are two Bosch paintings but neither are actually by him. There are only a few images on the website and I really had to do some searching to find things that I wanted to link to. Below are some of the more interesting things I found. I think it’s a very eclectic mix.

Jan Brueghel the Younger - The Temptation of Saint Anthony – Two interpretations of the same topic, one by Brueghel and the next by Martin Schongauer.

Martin Schongauer – The Temptation of Saint Anthony

Alfred Kubin – The Pond – When I saw this it reminded me of Edward Gorey and Charles Addams although it’s clearly more sinister. It’s the giant owl, at least I think it’s an owl, that makes the picture so interesting to me.

Leonor Fini - Painting and Architecture – Fini was a 20th Century artist, born in Argentina who I’ve included here because a friend of mine knew her and she was an interesting lady as you can see from her Wikipedia page. Artist, author, costume designer and friends with many major artists of the 20th Century.

Salvator Rosa – La Strega or The Witch – I thought this a very bold representation of the witch in full throated witchery.

Tiziano Vecelli, called Titian - Salome with the Head of Saint John the Baptist – Always a treat to see a Titian. I had to stand back a little when I first viewed as when I was too close it seemed a little washed out, something not noticeable at all in this image.

Giorgio de Chirico - La Grande Torre – De Chirico was a 20th Century Italian painter who had his greatest successes with his early metaphysical paintings and then lost favor with his later work when he turned to neo-baroque style, ornate imagery. This infuriated him and according to Wikipedia, produced backdated "self-forgeries" both to profit from his earlier success, and as an act of revenge—retribution for the critical preference for his early work. This is his Wikipedia page.

Piero Di Cosimo - The Finding of Vulcan on the Island of Lemnos – This was the only painting that was identified as to the owner, the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Francisco Goya – The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters – There were four Goyas in the show, all good, and I chose this one to link.

Salvador Dali – Landscape With Telephones on a Plate – Dali is not a favorite but his paintings can be playful and fun and I thought that this which is exactly as described was interesting.

Rene Magritte - The Break in the Clouds – Magritte is another playful artist and to me his paintings don’t necessarily have a hidden meaning, they just exist on another plane.  I took a picture of this in the gallery so in theory it should appear at the very end of this post.

The exhibition was done in conjunction with the dealer, Nicholas Hall, and this is a link to his website with a slide show showing additional paintings and some explanatory text.

Quite some time ago I went to a Frick exhibition of the Swiss artist Jean Etienne Liotard; it had a portrait of Marie Antoinette as a child which was exquisite. I think it was one of the best exhibitions I’ve ever seen. This article is about an exhibition overseas and the pastel illustration of the Chocolate Girl is absolutely gorgeous.

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« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2018, 04:20:46 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

We’re in the midst of another beautiful stretch of weather, it had been sunny and mild the last few days although today was rather gloomy and damp. No rain but it looked like it wanted to rain all day. We’ll see if the pleasant forecast holds for the rest of the week.

I visited the Met this week for their current exhibition, Delacroix. Delacroix was a 19th Century French Romanticist who greatly influenced the Impressionists and others who followed him. In the Times review of the show Picasso is quoted as saying about him, “That bastard. He’s really good.” Cezanne said, “You can find all of us … in Delacroix.” van Gogh, an ardent admirer, said of him, “The mood of colors and tone was at one with meaning.” He was very prolific and painted all types of subjects, landscapes, portraits, historical paintings, religious themes and book illustrations among others. As the Times review and the others lament, this exhibition, which originated in the Louvre, doesn’t include his greatest works which are enormous wall size paintings too fragile to travel from the Louvre, although there are a number of large paintings on display. It was an enormous selection filling 12 galleries and it took me close to two hours to work my way through it. This is his page from Wikipedia which explores all the different phases of his career and has many illustrations.

This is a link to the museum website with images from the exhibit.!?perPage=100&offset=0

These are three reviews of the show from the NY Times, New York Magazine, The New Yorker and two pieces from the Art Daily Blog. The first blog describes the manner in which the show is mounted which is chronologically and the second goes through the entire exhibit discussing it. All have illustrations of the paintings.   

These are some of the things I want to highlight.

Sunset – I think this small watercolor is my favorite. Probably because it’s so much like Turner’s, the colors and texture coming together in a burst of light.

Jewish Woman of Tangier – And I think I like this because it reminds of the portraits which Ingres knocked out quickly which is ironic as the artists were eminent rivals and had a contentious relationship. Below the first link is a link to a blog that discusses an argument they had at a party. Actually when you read the article you’ll see that Ingres more or less was arguing with himself, working himself up to a fury. This drawing is from a private collection which is on long term loan to the Met.

Medea about to Kill her Children (Medée furieuse) – The wall card for these two paintings, Medea and Saint Sebastian, pointed out how Delacroix could express Medea’s rage in her depiction while displaying the quiet and tenderness of the women removing the arrows from Sebastian’s body.

Saint Sebastian Tended by the Holy Women

The Battle of Nancy and the Death of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, January 5, 1477 – This is an enormous painting, almost 8 feet by 12 feet, that shows the full fury and violence of the battle. You can see Charles at the lower left of the painting about to be killed and almost being pushed out of the frame as metaphorically he was being pushed off the stage of history. The violence is played out on a desolate landscape covered in snow which hints of the Impressionism he inspired.

Cleopatra and the Peasant – Delacroix drew his inspiration for this painting from Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. He has painted a defeated Cleopatra, her lover dead and nothing but ignominy to follow with her being brought back to Rome as a prisoner so she is contemplating suicide. While in most depictions of her death we see her lying on the  couch after the asp has bitten or holding it to her breast, here she is just staring past the slave and basket holding the asp lost in thought. Below the image link is an essay on the painting and its parallels with Shakespeare’s play.

Lion Hunt – This is a very large painting which is a fragment of a much larger one. Lion Hunt was damaged in the great fire of 1870 during the Franco Prussian war. What remains at almost 6 ft by 12 ft is only two thirds or half of the original painting. You can see what the painting originally look liked in the second link which is an oil sketch he created, one of several. This is a comment from a blog discussing the painting.

Eugene Delacroix learned that it never hurts to make copies when your city is lit by gas lamps.     The Director of the Fine Arts department at Musee de Bordeaux commissioned Delacroix to do a large scale painting, but asked him to submit this sketch first.  In fact, Delacroix painted several versions of The Lion Hunt.  Good thing, too, because the final work was horribly damaged in the great fire of 1870, which destroyed much of the museum’s collection.

Basket of Flowers – There is a long essay on this beautiful painting with its brilliant colors if you click on the + sign next to Catalogue Entry. It begins by saying that in September 1848 Delacroix fled the social and political unrest in Paris that followed the downfall of King Louis-Philippe by retreating to his country house south of the city where he undertook a series of ambitious flower paintings that he intended to exhibit at the Salon of 1849. He created five and displayed two, this one which is in the Met’s collection and another that is currently at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Duke of Orleans showing his Lover – The full title of this painting should add, “to her husband.” The painting was a loan from Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza and the link is to their website discussion of the painting. In the discussion it explains what Delacroix drew his inspiration from:  This is a passage in the Histoire des ducs de Borgogne by Barante, republished in 1824. It describes how the Duke of Orléans displayed the naked body of his lover Mariette d’Enghien, wife of his former chamberlain Aubert le Flamenc, to her husband, concealing her face. Her husband failed to recognize her.

Self-Portrait in a Green Vest – This is the iconic picture of him which serves as the backdrop for the exhibition.

Women of Algiers in their Apartment – I’ll end with this painting which my brother thinks is the star of the show and is referred to in reviews as one of the best paintings of those allowed to travel from the Louvre. I don’t disagree, there is a lot to admire in this painting.

Very enjoyable, I hope to go back with a friend if she’s available.

Below is an interesting article on the cleaning of paintings, in particular Gainsborough’s Blue Boy which lives in the Huntington museum in California. Watch the video.

Watching Art Conservators Work Their Magic Has Become a Hot New Museum Trend. Here’s Why

Now, the Flickrs.

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Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

I just put the heat on in my house; it was 65 degrees on my thermostat and I was feeling chilly. Cold weather seemed to come out of nowhere today. I went out this morning and it was in the lower 50’s and drizzling. I didn’t think it was going to turn out to be a very nice day although the weatherman said the rain would end by noon but I was pleasantly surprised to see the sun emerge although it never got much warmer. Friday had been a beautiful day albeit incredibly windy but it looks like the coming week will be cool but hopefully not as rainy as the past week. Our rain is nothing in comparison to the horror of the hurricane, the reports from the affected areas are devastating.

This week found me back at Sotheby’s for their American art auction preview. Aside from the American there wasn’t anything else especially compelling on view. The other floors were taken up with contemporary photographs and items from the collection of Robin and Marsha Williams. The art in the Williams collection wasn’t anything to get excited about and will sell more for the cachet of having been owned by him than for its innate worth. This is true of the other items such as furniture, his awards, his toys and other such stuff.  The American selection was fairly weak for the most part, no big names or big ticket items, although I always see things I like. I’ll link to some of the highlights below.

Thomas Moran - YELLOWSTONE LAKE – This delightful watercolor is hands down my favorite item in the auction. It was the colors and the delicate brush strokes that caught my eye. This is a brief section from the catalogue essay, “Yellowstone Lake is exemplary of the robust color and composition of Moran’s best western watercolors.  Although the scale is intimate, he adeptly conveys the largess of the landscape utilizing brilliant blues, pinks and yellows and browns.”

Thomas Moran - CONWAY CASTLE -  This is the second Moran in the auction and I was also drawn to it due to its dream like quality and mysticism. It appears as if just magically dropped into the valley with no adjoining neighbors, rather like the lost City of Shangri-la. The beautiful green landscape set off against the blue sky with some clouds is very appealing. There’s no essay, just a note that it will be in a catalogue being compiled of the artist’s career.

Hovsep Pushman - MY PAST DREAMS NO. 2 – This is an artist I’m unfamiliar with although he’s been in previous auctions. He’s a contemporary American artist of Armenian descent. Mysticism played a part in my preference for this one as well, the inscrutability of the figure sitting in his Thinker like pose. Contemplating who knows what. I’ve linked to his Wikipedia page and this excerpt is from that source.  “Pushman's paintings typically featured oriental idols, pottery and glassware, all glowing duskily as if illuminated by candlelight. They were symbolic, spiritual paintings, and were sometimes accompanied by readings, which help explain their allegorical significance. Most important, they were exquisitely beautiful, executed with technical precision.” Like the Moran painting there is unfortunately no essay.

Norman Rockwell - PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN – I always enjoy Rockwell but I thought this a very interesting painting as it’s style is so unlike his usual work.   Nothing realistic about this portrait, it has Matisse like qualities to my eye.

John Singer Sargent - ALEXANDER HENRY HIGGINSON – Unlike his very finished oil portraits this is a charcoal sketch that he probably knocked off in a very short time. Higginson is portrayed as the very dapper gentleman he must have been, author, fox hunter and horse breeder.  Several years prior to creating this Sargent painted Higginson Senior which you can see at the second link.

William Trost Richards - THE SKELLIGS, COAST OF IRELAND – Richards is someone I’ve linked to many times, he’s a favorite of my brother and I enjoy his landscapes as well, mostly marine views. There are three of his works in this auction and I just chose this one, all of them are worthwhile. I like the rolling waves across a threatening sky. Initially I thought those were icebergs or mountains but they seemed out of place sitting in the middle of the ocean like that but when I Googled Skellig I discovered that they are islands off the coast of Ireland.

Gilbert Stuart - PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN (MR. BADCOCK) – Always nice to see a Stuart portrait, our first official portrait painter whose picture of George Washington we in the United States see every day when we pull a dollar bill out of our pockets. Although it appears that a majority of people nowadays pull a debit card out of their pocket rather than money.

Dale Nichols – SPRING – Another contemporary American artist I was unfamiliar with. I was drawn to this painting due to its similarity to paintings I saw in the recent large Grant Wood exhibit I wrote about, the bright colors attracting me . Wikipedia places him in the same category of regional landscape artist as Wood and Thomas Hart Benton. There were two of his paintings in the auction, this one and Morning which is the second link. They both had estimate ranges of $25-$35K and both went for $68,750 which tells me that they were vastly undervalued or someone really wanted to own them.

Norton Bush - SUNSET – This drew me in by its similarity to many of the Hudson River artists which Wikipedia tells me is not surprising as Bush studied under Jasper Cropsey and Frederic Edwin Church. He’s not someone I’m familiar with but he certainly had a beautiful brushstroke. I was surprised at the lack of a Cropsey in this auction as he’s usually represented by at least one painting.

So, no blockbusters but many beautiful things to visit with.

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

Now it’s time for the Flickrs.

Andy G.


Bride or groom

Got the day off work today,

47,000 views. Bournemouth May 2013.

A parasol is a must for a sissy to protect her delicate skin. Makeover by Stephanie in Blackpool.


What would you like me to do next Sir?

More pink in P-town

Another Evening Out!

I just love dressing up - yee-haw!

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Re: Is it really the Fall Flickr already? Well, just about.
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2018, 05:31:10 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

It was a chilly week. I wrote last week about turning on my heat Saturday so I was unpleasantly surprised when Sunday morning arrived with no heat. I’m very lucky to have a plumber in the neighborhood who I’ve used since I bought my current house. He has a full time job but moonlights as a plumber. I called him in the afternoon and he came to my house on Sunday night around 7PM. I was on the phone with a friend and left the door open for him so he went right downstairs into my basement. Less than ten minutes later he yelled to me the heat was back on and he would catch up with me later. Now think about having an emergency plumber show up at your house on an early Sunday evening and then leave without waiting for payment. Of course I will pay him the next time he comes but I marvel at how lucky I am to know this man who is also a very amiable guy. He’s saved me on numerous occasions. The first time was on the day before I moved into the house. I went over to check things out. I had been told that the water in my boiler was not on automatic feed and I needed to monitor the level. As the water in the little viewing tube is clear and my eyes are weak it looked like it was empty when it was in fact full. I turned on the water feed and after a moment water started coming out of the boiler flooding my thankfully empty basement. I was sure I had blown the boiler up. A friend gave me his number and he came right over, checked it out quickly and assured me I hadn’t done any damage to the furnace. We’ve been friends ever since.

This week found me back at the Neue Galerie for their current exhibit, FRANZ MARC AND AUGUST MACKE: 1909–1914. They are two artists I had never heard of and I probably would not have gone if my brother had not pointed it out to me. When he did I wrote back to say that I thought he didn’t like German expressionism and this was his reply:

I like Franz Marc although you hardly ever seen any of his work.  He and August Macke were early colleagues of Kandinsky in The Blue Rider group.  They have a different sensibility from Schiele and Klimt et al.

Both artists were born in the late nineteenth century and died at a young age in the first World War. They were friends and worked together and corresponded until Macke died in 1914, Marc died in 1916.

Below are links to each of their Wikipedia pages which will give you some background on their lives and art styles. Of the two I think I like Macke a little more as Marc’s paintings seemed a little more abstract although I very much liked his Siberian Sheepdogs which you can see in the Art Summary link below. Wikipedia says that Macke spent time viewing the Impressionists and while I was walking the gallery I thought some of his paintings owed something to Cezanne and I was gratified to see notes on the wall saying he had spent time with Cezanne. Portrait With Apples which is also on the Art Summary page is a good example of this.

This is a link to Art Summary which has many illustrations from the exhibit.

Below are a few more images.

Macke - Riders and Strollers in the Avenue – This theme reminded me of Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte although the styles are certainly different.

Marc – Fighting Cows – Marc painted many animals and one of the things I enjoyed about both artists was their use of bright colors which draw you to the image.

Macke – Little Walter’s Toys – Simple little still life filled with color.

Marc – The Dream – The blue horses depicted in this painting recur in other paintings and this is another example of his being influence by cubist art.

Macke – Lady in a Park – This is expressionist art. The link below explains the difference between Impressionism and Expressionism. In another discussion of the two it was mentioned that expressionism taken in a further direction, extreme in my view, is evidenced by the drip paintings of Pollock.

Marc – The Wolves (Balkan War) – You feel the movement and violence of the wolves

Macke – The Lute Player – I just found this to be a lovely image.

Marc – The Bewitched Mill – I’ve linked to an enlargement without text so I’ll just copy from the Art Institute of Chicago Website for a discussion of this large painting.

Among the German Expressionists, artists who used strong color and exaggerated form to express emotional content, Franz Marc was unique in his empathic interest in the life of animals. "Is there a more mysterious idea," he asked, "than to imagine how nature is reflected in the eyes of animals?" Beginning in 1905, he devoted himself to representing the world with a fresh and purifying vision. Marc painted The Bewitched Mill following a sojourn to the Italian town of Merano in the southern Tirol. The work's title refers to the "magical" harmony he sensed there between human life, represented by the houses and mill on the left, and nature, embodied by the lyrical region of trees and animals on the right.

I close with this portrait of Franz Marc painted by his friend August Macke.

So, two new artists to watch out for in future exhibitions and auctions.

Thought this would be of interest to the board if for no other reason than the picture.

The Monnaie de Paris opens Grayson Perry's first major solo exhibition in France

And I found the subject of this article remarkable. The images are wonderful. I’ve read many mystery novels set in ancient Rome and there have always been descriptions of things that are depicted in the article so it’s nice to actually see what they looked like.

Archaeologists in Pompeii Have Discovered an “Enchanted” Shrine Covered in Gorgeously Preserved Frescoes

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Derek Jeter and the Marlins baseball team trying to get Red Grooms home run installation out of the park. It appears they have succeeded and the question now is whether Red will disavow the artwork rendering it valueless to the team. I hope he does, these guys have no sense of humor. The home run installation always reminded me of the old exploding scoreboard at Comiskey Park from when Bill Veeck ran the team. Veeck was someone who understood baseball was a game and you needed a sense of humor if you were going to own a team. Naturally the other owners loathed him and finally forced him out of baseball. I’ll never forget watching the Yankees play the White Sox when I was a kid and someone on the Yankees hit a home run. Since the exploding scoreboard only went off for home team home runs the Yankees came out of the dugout to greet the hitter waving sparklers. I guess baseball was very different back then.  This is a link to a remembrance of Veeck that appeared in the Times in 2006.

And now let’s visit the Flickrs.

Andy G.

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Re: Is it really the Fall Flickr already? Well, just about.
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2018, 05:12:51 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

I visited the Frick museum for their current exhibition, The Charterhouse of Bruges: Jan van Eyck, Petrus Christus, and Jan Vos. It’s a very small exhibit in the Cabinet Gallery, a tiny exhibition space right next to the gift shop as you enter the galleries. I’m guessing it’s about 5 feet wide and 10 feet deep. The reason for the exhibit is one painting by Jan Van Eyck and his workshop of The Virgin and Child with St. Barbara, St. Elizabeth, and Jan Vos. The essay explains that Van Eyck laid out the essential design for the figures but the execution was left to a skilled assistant, possibly due to Van Eyck’s death in June of that year. There is another painting showing The Virgin and Child by a Fountain which is solely attributed to the workshop. Also shown is a painting by Petrus Christus with the same scene but lacking St. Barbara. Vos more than likely gave the Van Eyck painting to Christus to use as a model but the essay also explains that he may have used a different Van Eyck as well. The fourth and final painting is also by Christus and it’s of a Carthusian monk. I’ve put links to the four paintings below. There are several other objects in the exhibit as well which you can see if you click on the objects menu on the overview page.

This is a link to the overview page of the exhibit. There is a menu off to the list where you can view all the objects as well as two videos, one introductory which runs just under five minutes and the other, a lecture, which is close to an hour

Jan Van Eyck and workshop – This is from the Frick collection. This is really two paintings in one, you have the figures in the foreground and in the background you have a wonderful landscape with a blue sky with clouds, a church, a bridge over a river with a boat on it, greenery, mountains, people, many details that are hard to see on the screen. In the gallery there were magnifying glasses to aid you in seeing. St. Elizabeth is holding an ornate crown and the detail in that is remarkable.

Workshop of Jan Van Eyck – In this painting you can marvel at the details in the tapestry the angels are holding as well as the folds of the blue cloak that wrap the Virgin. This is from a private collection.

Petrus Christus - The Virgin and Child with St. Barbara and Jan Vos (Exeter Virgin) – Less detail in this one but he painted a village in the background, house by house. This is from the Staatliche Museen in Berlin.

Petrus Christus – Portrait of a Carthusian Lay Brother – This is a very simple straightforward painting of the Brother staring out at you. Unlike paintings by Hans Memling, there is no intricate background landscape just a single color. The card accompanying the painting in discussing it said, “The sitter’s lack of tonsure and beard identifies him as a lay brother.” I was confused by this as the man in the painting definitely has a beard so I wrote to the Frick to hear their explanation which is as follows:

“I am sorry if the wording on the label was confusing. We should have phrased it as follows: "The sitter's beard and lack of tonsure identifies him as a lay brother." Carthusian lay brothers only wore a hooded white robe, without the distinctive scapular mantle tied at the side by loose straps, that were only worn by the choir monks. In addition, lay brothers were not tonsured, and though shaved above the lips, they grew their beard.”

This painting is on loan from the Met so I checked their website to see how they handled this but they ignore his facial growth entirely. But they comment on the fly sitting on the faux frame around the painting and I confess I never noticed it at the museum nor the many times I’ve subsequently looked at it on the website.

Afterwards I visited the permanent collection and saw old friends. The museum has moved things around again and there were a few things up that I don’t remember seeing on my last visit. Of course with my memory that doesn’t absolutely mean they weren’t there but I really didn’t remember them the way I do most of the collection. The Frick changes around the permanent collection every now and then. The museum owns 8 paintings by Van Dyck and when most of them reappeared in 2015 it had been years since they had been on view.  The Frick owns four paintings by Whistler and they were all back in the Oval room where they really stand out. This is a link to one of them.

Harmony in Pink and Gray: Portrait of Lady Meux

And these are the other ones that seemed to have not been on display for a while.

Jean-François Millet - Woman Sewing by Lamplight – This is the one painting I am almost certain hasn’t been on display while I’ve been visiting which is now a fairly long time. It’s hung by the staircase behind the rope that denies access to the second floor. A floor I look forward to visiting after the Frick renovation completes in a number of years.

Jacob van Ruisdael - Landscape with a Footbridge – I’m fond of Jacob and his equally famous Uncle, Salomon, their landscapes are all lovely.

Henry Raeburn – Mrs. Cruikshank – This has been up and down, I found an email from 2012 in which I commented on its reappearance.

J.M.W. Turner - Calais Harbor  - The Frick owns five Turners and four of them I think are always on display. This is a smaller one and it just seems to me that I haven’t seen it that often.

Gabriel De Saint Aubin - Private Academy – Like the Millet I’m fairly certain this hasn’t been up. It’s another small painting and its hung in the hall near the wonderful Ingres painting of Comtesse d'Haussonville

Always a treat to visit the Frick, looking forward to when I will be able to visit the expanded site.

I also visited Kraushaar Gallery which is a block away from the Frick. Kraushaar has been in business for 125 years according to their website and judging by the images on the website they had a nice size gallery for exhibitions. You can read about that here.  But in 2014 they moved to the present site that I visited, a much less impressive venue. It’s on the second floor of a brownstone in a studio apartment which looked like a college kids dorm room, lots of stuff just lying around, in some cases literally. I went because It was described as American art and they mentioned Edward Hopper, a favorite of mine. It was as advertised but still a disappointment. All very low key stuff including the Hopper which wasn’t even noted in their price list which identified the art on display. it was a rather modest sketch of a woman which you can see here. Don’t get me wrong I was pleased to see it as I am any of his works but I think I was expecting more of a finished piece or possibly a painting which in retrospect would have been a longshot. This is a link to the exhibition page but there are only two illustrations, one by John Sloan and the other by Guy Pene DuBois which, again, are pleasant but nothing to rave about.

And finally I went back to Cavalier Gallery, a venue I’ve written about before. They also specialize in American art and had a small exhibit, 57th Street: America's Artistic Legacy, Part II [New York, New York]. It was a pleasant visit as has been the case each time I’ve been there. These are a few of the things I liked.

Everett Shinn - The Yellow Dancer – I liked the composition and color and thought it looked like a fuzzy version of a Hopper painting. They were peers of the Ashcan school.

Reginald Marsh - New York from Bedloe's Island – Dreamy watercolor landscape of the Manhattan Skyline in 1937.

George Benjamin Luks - Matches Mary – Like Marsh, Luks got his start working in newspapers drawing the Yellow Kid in the Hogan’s Alley comic strip for Pulitzer’s New York World after its creator, Richard F. Outcault, left for Hearst’s New York Journal. The second link is to one of his Sunday strips. The portrait of Matches Mary shows the influence of the artist William Glackens who Luks lived with while he was illustrating for the newspapers and who encouraged him to spend more time on serious painting. He and Glackens were also part of the Ashcan school of art which painted realistic depictions of city life which was not favorably received the art world of the day.

George Wesley Bellows - Anne in a Black Hat – And I’ll close with this wonderful charcoal portrait of his daughter Anne.

This article about a series of videos looks really interesting. I’ve made a note on my calendar to check out the website on November 25th when the series is set to begin.  In theory it will allow me to see art in museums I’m unlikely ever to visit.

Vivienne Westwood, Karl Ove Knausgård, and Other Stars Offer Irreverent Tours of Their Favorite Museums in a New TV Show

I had no idea that Paul Allen was an art collector although it’s a common theme for multi-billionaires. Equally I was unaware of the magnitude of the collection. It’s spectacular. It toured and visited the Phillips and I’m sorry I missed it. This article gives no idea of what will become of it although I’m guessing he will bequeath it to the Seattle Art museum. Doesn’t sound like it will go on the block. I hope another exhibit is organized and comes to New York.

‘A 21st-Century Andrew Carnegie’? How the Late Paul Allen’s Unorthodox Taste Made Him One of the Top Art Collectors in the World

An interesting article on how color is used in art to display different emotions and sensations.

The Science of Color Explained by Art

Artemisia is not someone you see very often. I was very lucky to visit an exhibit at the Met way back in 2002 that displayed works by her and her father Orazio. It was a brilliant exhibit. The paintings in this article are quite beautiful.

A Painting by Artemisia Gentileschi, the Female Renaissance Painter and Now #MeToo Symbol, Just Sold for Over $2 Million

Now on to the Flickrs.

Andy G.

Sweet girly boys

Lolita photoshoot. I can be cute too.. . #cutiemei #crossdresser #crossdress #mtf #伪娘 #男の娘 #女装男 #女装子

Practicing walking in Lace Skirt


Corset Sissy Maid

Little sissy 1

Sissy Christie Maid 1


Red Petticoat Fun (5 of 5) Saloon Gurl

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Re: Is it really the Fall Flickr already? Well, just about.
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2018, 05:47:58 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

I visited Christie’s this week for their Old Masters auction preview. It was also their European preview as well. There were some nice things among the Old Masters but the absolute stars of the preview were a few paintings that will be auctioned in London on December 6th and 7th.  They are from the Eric Albada Jelgersma Collection of Dutch art and 400 items will go on the block. This link to Art Daily describes the collection and some of the items which will be among the lots. It has an illustration of Frans Hals, Portrait of a lady, aged 36 which was in the New York preview along with its pendant painting, Portrait of a Gentleman, Aged 37. You just don’t see paintings by Frans Hals up for auction these days.

Since the auction won’t be held until December Christie’s website doesn’t have the individual items up yet. But they have an essay posted with illustrations and a five minute video.  Of the few items that made the trip to New York you can see the two Hals side by side as well as in place in Jelgersma’s home. Additionally you can see, Jan Brueghel the Elder, An Extensive Wooded Landscape and Judith Leyster, Merry Company along with two other paintings that unfortunately didn’t make the trip, Sir Anthony van Dyck, Venus and Adonis and Frans Snyders, Larder.

The first of the two other paintings from the collection in New York were Pieter Brueghel the Younger’s Netherlandish Proverbs. The original which I’ve linked to below is by his father and is hung at the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, Germany. The link is to Wikipedia and you can read the essay about the painting which explains how the copy came about:  “His son, Pieter Brueghel the Younger, specialised in making copies of his father's work and painted at least 16 copies of Netherlandish Proverbs. Not all versions of the painting, by father or son, show exactly the same proverbs and they also differ in other minor details.”

The second of the other two paintings is Gerard ter Borch’s The Glass of Lemonade. In searching the web for an image I came across some conflicting information indicating that this too may be a painting with more than one version as the Hermitage in Russia is noted as owning it. This link is to a site that tracks auctions and may be from when Jelgersma acquired it but I can’t be certain as there is no mention of the winning bidder nor of the date of the auction. But it was really a treat to see it as ter Borch is another favorite of mine. I’m sure I’ve mentioned the brilliant exhibition of his I saw at the National Gallery in Washington many times.

Also hung in the same room was another brilliant painting that will be auctioned at the December sale, Anthony van Dyck’s Portrait of Princess Mary, Daughter of King Charles I of England. You can see that here in another essay on the Christie’s website.

I’m hoping that the New York museums are paying attention to these auctions and are considering acquiring some of the items for their collections. I wish the whole collection had come to New York but that would have been unrealistic.

Rounding out the room were two other paintings,

Thomas Lawrence, Portrait of Lady Selina Caroline Meade, later Countess Clam-Martinic

And a small landscape by Jan van der Heyden, View of Arnhem, which unfortunately I can’t find an image of. A number of years ago I saw a wonderful exhibit of his work at the Bruce Museum in Ct.

There were four paintings from the regular Old Masters preview that I though worthy of noting and they are below. All of these are from the Christie’s website and have essays along with the image. As with all the paintings be sure to enlarge them for a better view.

Élisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun - Portrait of Jean Charles Sapey - Vigée Le Brun is another artist to whom I keep harking back to the magnificent exhibit at the Met that introduced me to her. Occasionally I’m pleased to find one of her paintings up for auction.

Claude Lorrain - A landscape with Apollo guarding the herds of Admetus and Mercury stealing them – You have to look carefully to see Mercury off in the background behind Apollo’s back. This is a subject from mythology. Apollo is doing his duty as punishment for killing the Cyclopes.

Thomas Gainsborough - Portrait of a lady, half-length, in a painted oval – It’s not as evident on the web but when I stood in front of this painting I found it to be not in the best condition. In looking through past auctions on the Christie’s website it seems that Gainsborough’s paintings appear with some regularity.

Nicolaes Maes - Portrait of a woman seated at a table holding a garland of flowers, three-quarter-length, a view into a landscape beyond – Maes was a pupil of Rembrandt and many of his paintings hang in museums. This lovely portrait has a very reasonable estimate of $6-$8K. Reasonable I guess if you have $8K to spend on art.

And I’ll close with just a few from the European auctions.

Josef Theodor Hansen - The Sala delle Quattro Porte, Doge's Palace, Venice – Hansen is a Danish artist of the late 19th Century and someone I’m unfamiliar with and even Wikipedia doesn’t have any information on his background. But I was attracted to this painting by its ornateness and attention to detail as well as the paintings on the ceiling and walls and on the enlargement you can also see a building he painted in the distance through the windows.

John Atkinson Grimshaw - Under the Beeches – Grimshaw was a 19th Century English artist who painted in a realistic style. You can’t see it on the web but standing in front of it in the gallery it had a golden shining glow. He’s someone else you find frequently at the auctions, there are three of his paintings in this one.  I’m pretty sure I’ve linked to him before.  This link is to a previous auction as it is no longer shown on the site for the current one.

Jules Scalbert - Le bord de la Marne – Scalbert was a 19th Century French realist and I was taken by this painting due to its similarity in theme although certainly not in style  to Renoir’s masterpiece, Luncheon of the Boating Party. That link is below the Scalbert just to allow a comparison.

Vilhelm Hammershøi - Interior with an Easel, Bredgade 25 – Hammershøi is another 19th Century Dutch artist who I came to appreciate a few years ago when I went to an exhibit of his art at the Scandinavia House. The long essay explains that he painted Interiors but only four of them included an easel. One of those was in the show I saw and you can see it at the second link.

Jan Breughel II - A wicker basket of roses, peonies, tulips and other flowers with a silver gilt tazza and flowers and a butterfly and other insects on a stone ledge strewn with carnations – Above you saw a painting by the elder Brueghel and this is one by the son, a dazzling still life of flowers in a basket that extends off the canvas in a little trompe l’oie.  Love the little bug at the bottom.

There were certainly other interesting and worthwhile things I saw but this will give you an idea of the pleasant morning I spent at Christie’s.

Now it’s on to the Flickrs.

Andy G.



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Heading for the hot tub

White 5

wedding self


Hey, not to close with that camera, showing me wrinkles to everyone. He said I,ll marry you, nip in there and get a ring (cheap bugger) they didnt have anything under a fiver.

I love this look and outfit! Feeling great. Happy weekend and take care of you! ❤️

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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2018, 04:26:55 PM »
Hello everybody and welcome back to My Weekly Flickr.

I went to Sotheby’s for their Impressionist and Contemporary art auction previews this week. More auctions coming next week. There was a veritable sea of art the bulk of which was Contemporary. Although contemporary art is not my favorite there were many very nice things and I will list the highlights below.

Edward Hopper - TWO COMEDIANS – This is actually part of their American art auction which is upcoming. Hopper is a favorite and this is a painting I had never seen at any of the exhibitions of his art that I’ve attended and I will probably link to it again when I visit for the American. I see on the website exhibitions of the painting are noted and the last time it was shown in the United States was in 1993 which is before I started attending museums and galleries. As with most of the items in the auction there is a lengthy essay discussing the artist and the painting. It begins by stating that this is his last painting and the images are of he and his wife Jo, taking their final bow on the stage. I think we can agree he ended on a high note.

Georgia O'Keeffe - CALLA LILIES ON RED – This is one of the finest  of her paintings I’ve seen which is not surprising as it’s being sold by the O’Keeffe museum to raise funds for other artwork. There are three other paintings by her but I consider this the star although her painting below of a street has the higher estimate. I like that one as well but the colors on this one are just overwhelmingly beautiful.  She clearly loved the painting as it was painted and shown in 1929 but she acquired it in 1965 and kept it until her death.

Georgia O'Keeffe - A STREET

Wassily Kandinsky was a Russian artist born in the 19th Century who lived and painted to the mid-20th Century. He more or less invented abstract art so he’s never been someone I’ve followed closely but like Mondrian I’ve seen compositions by him that I found pleasing especially when he uses vivid colors. There are six of his paintings in this auction and three of them are really brilliant due to their color. They’re being auctioned under the term, The Triumph of Color and with these three paintings it’s certainly apt. The first one was my favorite although like the O’Keeffe’s it has the lowest estimate of the three.


Wassily Kandinsky - LE ROND ROUGE


This video discusses the painting and the theme.

There were six pieces by Degas in this auction, 2 oil paintings, 2 pastels, a drawing and a sculpture. I’ll link to two below.

Edgar Degas – ITALIENNE – This is the watercolor and I’m including it as I don’t come across that many watercolors by him at the auctions and it’s a nice change from his dancers.

Edgar Degas - L'ECOLIÈRE (OR FEMME MARCHANT DANS LA RUE) – Degas created his sculptures mostly for himself and when he died 150 of them were found in his studio. The second link is to a long essay from the Met which discusses these sculptures. The Met has a nice selection of them on view.

Renoir was prolific and there are always multiple items up for auction, there are 13 in this auction. I love his work and I’ll just include a few below.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir – GABRIELLE – Gabrielle was governess to his children and an early model for him before she left his employ, possibly due to the jealousy of Madame Renoir. He painted many pictures of her alone, clothed and nude, and with his children,.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir - PORTRAIT DE MADAME ADELA OCAMPO DE HEIMENDHAL – Another of his portraits and I found it evocative of Goya’s portraits which is not surprising as the Madame is from Buenos Aires and it appears the painting was commissioned by her.

Édouard Manet - JEUNE FEMME DECOLLETTÉ – This is one of his 89 pastels. Pastel is a very unforgiving medium, once you’ve committed to the paper it’s difficult to change. This portrait is very light and delicate.

Camille Pissarro -  PRAIRIE AVEC VACHES, BRUME, SOLEIL COUCHANT À ÉRAGNY – There were a number of his works available any of which I could have linked to as they are all beautiful. I chose this one for its layered composition going from top to bottom as well what really are just hints of cows on the prairie.

August Macke - STILLEBEN MIT STRAUSS UND DREI ÄPFELN (STILL LIFE WITH FLOWERS AND THREE APPLES) – This is another painting that is being sold under the Triumph of Color label. I recently wrote about an exhibition of Macke’s at the Neue and I liked this bright still life.

Pablo Picasso - IRIS JAUNES- This too comes up under Triumph of Color. Picasso is not a favorite but he was so long lived and prolific that there are always going to be things I can find of his to admire. And there will always be multiple items available at these auctions. He went through so many different stages in his career and I enjoyed this early Impressionist work of his, he was only 19 or 20 years old.

I could keep going on but I think this will give you a good idea of what a pleasant morning I spent at Sotheby’s.

I’m appalled at this but I also have to question how the wall was secured if someone was able to just push it over. What museum would have a free standing wall that wasn’t solidly anchored to the floor.

Selfie-taking museum visitors ‘damage valuable works of art’ after wall collapses

Let’s visit the Flickrs now.

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June 2018 - Leeds

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