In the meantime, I talked my friend Jeff, who lives there, into getting out and doing more while he lives there, to honor those who are not as privileged (me). I inspired him so much so, he started a blog, in which he makes me sound really nice.
Anyway, this post documents some of the paintings I liked the most during the trip. I've never considered taking photos in an art museum before, mostly because I think it's tacky, but I finally embraced it this time around because I'm tired of forgetting the artwork I've seen. It really is a great way to document and remember the work I think is compelling. Unfortunately I got a little carried away and took photos of work that was off limits. I finally got caught attempting to take a photo of a ginormous painting of LL Cool J, which was pretty embarrassing and, let's face it, tacky.
So in no particular order, here is some of the work I liked. Some have the reason below. Others, you'll just have to guess why.
A version of this painting lived in my head before I saw it. I have had plans of making one so similar, only the buck would be white. I'll still probably make it.
I learned I am enamored with painted wood carvings. There were lots in the folk section of the Portrait Gallery. I'm dreaming of going to the mountains to find a teacher.
Mary Cassatt by Degas: I enjoy seeing artists paint other artists or famous friends. Cassatt hated this painting, which I also enjoy.
All of Queen Elizabeth's accessories and ruffles float on top of the painting. It is bizarre and wonderful.
Shahn: I wasn't supposed to take a photo of this (whoops) but like the simplicity and how Shahn decided to add text and sign his name.
I like the creepiness of this because it's probably not supposed to be that creepy.
The dark behind the red and white, and the fleshy, melancholic girl.
Capturing transparency typically baffles me.
In some regard, I think Hopper and I make similar paintings, of course, I in a less wonderful manner. Or maybe it is that I just want to make paintings like Hopper....
I like when Picasso's work doesn't look so Picasso.
This interior scene shows red walls, the ceiling in the distance, a cluttered desk, and a bearded man holding a cat. What is there not to like?
The different markings in this painting are incredible. I'd die to make a painting in such a manner. (Is this Degas? I can't remember)
Probably my favorite, which pleasantly surprised me.
The texture and the edges and the white
Thiebaud: Even better in real life. Looks like he painted it like one would decorate a cake. Delicious.
Rothko: Color fields
Calder: The shadow is a constantly moving drawing
Toulouse Lautrec - the looseness of the background.
Van Gogh- I know it's cliche, but I love him. I also love that he painted this baby using a green palette, which is typically used to depict absinthe consumption.