So many Exhibitions, So Little Time
Posted 29 March 2019 - 03:45 AM
Verena Sieber-Fuchs, "Garlic Collar," 2012, Museum of Arts and Design, gift of the artist, 2016
Posted 17 April 2019 - 12:03 PM
The shows and museums we visited and revisited in London and Paris were just great.
Certainly, having never been to a museum in London, Tate Britain and the National Gallery were both fabulous. The "blockbuster" Van Gogh at Tate, the Vermeers and William Blake, along with this show at the National Gallery: Boilly: Scenes of Parisian Life (an artist I knew nothing about), were quite moving.
We did want to immerse ourselves in impressionist and post-impressionist work, so a return visit to the Musée d'Orsay, along with a great day visiting La Fondation Louis Vuitton and the surrounding grounds and gardens. At Louis Vuitton, the show we saw was fantastic - The Courtauld Collection. Anyone gonna be in Paris over the next few months - it's a must-see if you're a fan of impressionism.
The exhibition presents the collection of the British entrepreneur and art patron Samuel Courtauld, which hasn't been showed in Paris for the past 60 years.
“The Courtauld Collection: A Vision for Impressionism” brings together some 110 works, including 60 paintings and graphic pieces, which are mainly conserved in the Courtauld Gallery or in different international public and private collections. It features some of the greatest paintings from the end of the 19th century and from the very beginning of the 20th century.
These works include "Un Bar aux Folies Bergère" (1882) by Manet, "La Jeune Femme se poudrant" by Seurat (1889-90), "Les Joueurs" de cartesby Cézanne (1892-96), "Autoportrait à l’oreille bandée" by Van Gogh(1889), "Nevermore" by Gauguin (1897), as well as a set of ten watercolours by J.M.W. Turner which belonged to Samuel Courtauld’s brother, Sir Stephen Courtauld.
Samuel Courtauld, and the Courtauld family, made their fortune first in silver, then silk and rayon. Fortunately, they were also great patrons of the arts, supporters of artists, philanthropists, etc. Samuel also had a pretty damn good eye for art.
Posted 18 April 2019 - 11:37 AM
The Courtauld Gallery in London is a pretty fabulous visit, next time you're around. (They really pack those paintings in there!)
Yeah, I imagine it will be (except now, when most of the stuff is in Paris).
The show at the Vuitton Foundation also had great pictures of their actual house/gallery, back when it was their house/gallery - must have been nice to have a few dozen great impressionist paintings hanging in one's living room.
And while it's awe-inspiring to see so much great impressionist painting, walking up to the 2 Vermeer's gave me literal goosebumps. To say nothing of the collection of Rembrandt's the National Gallery holds.