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Rkymtnmary

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on: May 25, 2012, 03:54:00 PM
Hi, Everyone..

Though I've been to NYC many times throughout the years, one of the things I never did before was to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art unbelievably....but today, I did.  We took the 1-1/2 hr train ride down to the city late morning and just got back and I have to tell you it was positively overwhelming to me and I probably only saw about an 1/8th of it all.  They are very generous allowing you to take photographs so long as you don't use a flash and I'm happy to say that I have some wonderful photos I will post as soon as I can of original Mattise, Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh, Degas paintings and as a special treat for Nolan, a portrait of Renoir's.  I must confess that though I know so little about assessing quality art, I was so overwhelmed by being in the presence of the original works of these masters that I broke down and cried!  It was a feeling like no other and through it all, I kept thinking of the Paintbasket family!  Can't wait to show you some!


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Reply #1 on: May 25, 2012, 04:47:38 PM
Mary, I know that feeling! 

We live in Canada and I went to Holland, hubby's homeland, with my husband in 2009.  We visited the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijks Museum where we saw paintings of Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Vermeer.  No photos could be taken, we had to have our cameras locked up!

It was awesome to see paintings that were so old, and so beautiful.  The masters must have worked so hard.  They had to make all their own paints.

I signed up for a 5-day acrylic or oil class in July, at our local college, called "Van Gogh Up Close".  Included in the course is a 100km bus trip to Ottawa,  where we'll attend the National Art Gallery of Canada and the Van Gogh show, also called, "Van Gogh Up Close".   

I like some, not all of Van Gogh's paintings.  I guess I'll be expected to paint like Van Gogh in the course.  It should be fun.  I always like getting together in a class to paint.  I'm looking forward to this!

I think we learn lots as we study the Masters' works.
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Reply #2 on: May 25, 2012, 06:39:10 PM
Mary, I know that feeling! 


It's just so emotional, isn't it, Lillian?  Maybe it's just part of the language of art...


We live in Canada and I went to Holland, hubby's homeland, with my husband in 2009.  We visited the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijks Museum where we saw paintings of Van Gogh, Rembrandt, and Vermeer.  No photos could be taken, we had to have our cameras locked up!


That must have been just awesome...what a thrill that had to be.  Now that you mention it, the only place you couldn't take pictures in was the current private collection exhibit of the Stein family (Gertrude et. al) but that's understandable...everyone was so respectful of them and I didn't see one person even attempt to do so.



It was awesome to see paintings that were so old, and so beautiful.  The masters must have worked so hard.  They had to make all their own paints.


I couldn't believe how well preserved they were.  There was one Cezanne that was noted as having been recently restored and I just couldn't believe the condition it was it.  Some had fine cracks here and there but for the most part, they looked like they'd been painted yesterday.  And the colors...oh my! 


I signed up for a 5-day acrylic or oil class in July, at our local college, called "Van Gogh Up Close".  Included in the course is a 100km bus trip to Ottawa,  where we'll attend the National Art Gallery of Canada and the Van Gogh show, also called, "Van Gogh Up Close".   


That sounds so exciting, Lillian!  I found his works so compelling...and so sad too as many of them were noted to have been executed while he was institutionalized...such genius.


I like some, not all of Van Gogh's paintings.  I guess I'll be expected to paint like Van Gogh in the course.  It should be fun.  I always like getting together in a class to paint.  I'm looking forward to this!

But Lillian...you already do!  ;)


I think we learn lots as we study the Masters' works.


I'm still trying to process all I saw today and probably will do so for quite some time!  Can't wait to hear how your class goes!



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Reply #3 on: May 26, 2012, 01:40:06 AM
Mary, wow! sounds like you've had a fantastic time.  O0 I can't wait to see if you post some of your photos.  ;)
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Reply #4 on: May 26, 2012, 04:42:59 AM
Thank you, Tony...it really was such an "awe"some experience in every sense.  I'm hoping to get a few up this weekend...still in recovery mode from my daughter's wedding  :cheering: last weekend with a lot to do to return to "normal" but it's high on my list of priorities!  :)


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Reply #5 on: June 09, 2012, 02:20:10 PM
wow, looking forward to seeing those pics


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Reply #6 on: June 09, 2012, 06:45:12 PM
I did post some, Nolan...but where?  I don't know!   :2funny:  This is what happens when you are technically challenged and can only hold one thing in your brain at a time!  I think it may have been in the forum somewhere but that would probably be like looking for a needle in a haystack!  I'll see if I can find them...I did post one Renoir for you but I do have more I'm still sorting through and will post wherever I post things when I do!   :2funny:


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Reply #7 on: June 13, 2012, 01:56:26 PM
this thread would be a good place to post them  :whistle:  ;D


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Reply #8 on: June 14, 2012, 06:18:13 AM
So the plot thickens, Nolan...I DID find them...in my own gallery!   :2funny: :2funny: :2funny:  However, there are only three and I had done several so where they are Heaven only knows...this is why I should not be around technology!  Anyway, these three are Monet...(you'll note I'm not a great photographer either but I was under pressure LOL) and I'll see what I can do about the others.  I took some of Renoir specifically for you so now, the hunt is on!



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Reply #9 on: June 14, 2012, 06:20:25 AM
More Monet...I don't know how to put more than one photo at a time in here  :D




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Reply #10 on: June 14, 2012, 06:22:19 AM
I LOVED this...it did not appear to be intentional...



Now I have to look for the rest!


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Reply #11 on: June 14, 2012, 06:30:08 AM
Nolan's Renoir - too bad it is so blurry...I know I have others and will post when I find them.


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Reply #12 on: June 14, 2012, 06:30:39 AM
Yes, it was THAT blurry!  oops!



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Reply #13 on: June 14, 2012, 01:17:42 PM
Thanks Mary, yes I remember that Renoir painting from the portrait course O0


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Reply #14 on: June 15, 2012, 03:40:25 AM
 :clap:  Wonderful Mary!   :clap:  Funny how we can live or travel so close to wondrous things and just keep passing them by just because 'they're in the neighbourhood' !   ;D  There are so many places I wish I had stopped to see or spent a little more time. Guess I'm just too   :nosey:  and want to see it all!   :2funny:
Cheers, Val

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