Last revised: November 12, 2011
Last Full Day in New York
|Free breakfast and USA Today
newspaper at the hotel - printed boarding passes for tomorrow's flight home
and called to make a reservation on the Super Shuttle back to JFK airport
allowing ample time to go through security and have lunch before our
departure tomorrow afternoon.
First on today's agenda was a walk over to the Walter Kerr Theatre on 48th St. for tickets to see "A Little Night Music" with Angela Lansbury and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
rain today! - yes, we brought an umbrella.
Millions of New York umbrellas today made for tricky maneuvering down
Metropolitan Museum of Art
|Because it was a rainy day,
everyone else had the same idea: to visit the museums. Fortunately we bought
our tickets Online, and did not have to wait in long lines to buy tickets.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
opened in 1880 and houses the most comprehensive collection in the Western
world with artwork from all continents. This museum, located in Central Park
along Fifth Ave (from 80th to 84th streets) has a collection of more than
two million works of art spanning 5,000 years of world culture.
excellent map and floor-plan at the Information desk helped us plan our
visit, since it is impossible to see everything in one day.
Temple of Dendur
|The largest collection of Egyptian art outside Cairo includes masks, mummies, statues, jewelry, the Tomb of Perneb, and the spectacular Temple of Dendur, c.15B.C., re-assembled as it appeared on the banks of the Nile.|
One of the special
exhibitions at the 'Met': American Woman: Fashioning a
This was the first Costume Institute exhibition drawn from the newly established Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at the Met. It explored developing perceptions of the modern American woman from 1890 to 1940 and how they have affected the way American women are seen today. Focusing on archetypes of American femininity through dress, this exhibition revealed how the American woman initiated style revolutions that mirrored her social, political, and sexual emancipation. "Gibson Girls," "Bohemians," and "Screen Sirens," among others, helped lay the foundation for today's American woman.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Paintings
We used the visitor's guide and floor-plan map to get the most of our time at this huge museum. After the Special Exhibition, we found our way to the European paintings, sculpture and decorative arts on the 2nd floor. The heart of the museum is its collection of 3,000 European paintings. My favorites included the finest Impressionist and Post-Impressionist canvases, including 34 Monets, 18 Cézannes, Van Gogh, and Toulouse-Lautrec. After that we found the American Paintings and Sculpture.
The Horse Fair - (1853-55)
THE HORSE FAIR -
(1853-55) Painted by French artist Rosa Bonheur.
(The painting was a gift from Cornelius Vanderbilt in 1887).
When Rosa Bonheur exhibited "The Horse Fair" at the Salon of 1853, her reputation as an artist had been fairly well established by the paintings, drawings, and sculpture she had shown at the annual Salons since 1841, but few of her works attained the dash and grandeur of "The Horse Fair," and none received the same acclaim. It has become one of the Metropolitan Museum's best-known works of art.
Bonheur began work on "The Horse Fair" in 1852. For a year and a half, she made sketches twice a week at the horse market in Paris, on the boulevard de l'Hôpital, dressing as a man in order to attract less attention from the horse dealers and buyers. The picture shows with accuracy the trees lining the boulevard and the cupola of the Hôpital de la Salpêtrière nearby
Detail of "The Horse Fair"
The Sacrifice of Isaac - (1750s)
Painted by Italian artist Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo -
The Card Players - (1890-92)
THE CARD PLAYERS - (1890-92)
Painted by French artist Paul Cézanne - (1839-1906)
This scene of peasants playing cards was undertaken in the early 1890s as part of a painting campaign, made up of five distillations of the subject. Cézanne enlisted local farmhands to serve as models, and he may have drawn inspiration for his Provençal genre scene from a painting of the same theme by the Le Nain brothers that was in the museum in Aix.
The largest and most complex of Cézanne's five "Card Players" is the version in the Barnes Foundation in Merion, Pennsylvania. Next comes the Metropolitan's picture, in which Cézanne tightened the composition, reducing the size by half and leaving out one figure. He continued to pare away extraneous details in each successive rendition (Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery, London; Musée d'Orsay, Paris; and private collection).
The Daughters of
Catulle Mendės -
Huguette (1871-1964), Claudine (1876-1937), Helyonne (1879-1955)
THE DAUGHTERS OF CATULLE MENDÈS - (1888) - Painted by French artist Auguste Renoir - (1841-1919)
Hoping to recapture the success he had achieved with "Madame Georges Charpentier and Her Children" (on view in an adjacent gallery) at the Salon of 1879, Renoir asked his friend Catulle Mendès for permission to paint his three daughters. Mendès was a well-known writer and publisher of Symbolist poetry; his companion, Augusta Holmès, a virtuoso pianist and composer, was the mother of these girls.
Renoir sent the portrait to a group exhibition in 1888 that was a critical disaster; the painting was ignored again at the 1890 Salon. It has since emerged, however, as one of Renoir's most impressive works, realized in his new, aggressive coloristic style. In the fluid brushwork and treatment of theme, the portrait pays homage to Fragonard and other eighteenth-century genre painters.
Garden at Sainte-Adresse - (1867)
GARDEN AT SAINTE-ADRESSE - Painted by
French artist Claude Monet - (1840-1926)
Monet painted this canvas in the summer of 1867 in a Sainte-Adresse garden with a view of Honfleur at the horizon. The models were probably Monet's father, Adolphe, in the foreground; Monet's cousin Jeanne Marguérite Lecadre at the garden fence; Dr. Adolphe Lecadre, her father; and perhaps Lecadre's other daughter, Sophie, the woman seated in the foreground with her back to the viewer.
Although this scene projects affluent domesticity, it is by no means a family portrait. Monet's relations with his father were tense that summer, owing to family disapproval of the young artist's liaison with his companion, Camille Doncieux.
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