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Friday, January 15, 2010

Report from NY: The Metropolitan

On Wednesday January 13th, I spent the entire day at the cavernous Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY. It's a big museum and pretty overwhelming, but at least I walked through the entire space of the building.

Here a just three images of works (out of thousands) that I viewed. For some reason, they caught my eye...

The Organ Rehearsal by Henry Lerolle (1848-1929). Lerolle was the brother-in-law of composer Ernest Chausson (1855-1899). The oil painting is enormous, and kind of shows what it's like to be a musician sitting up in the choir loft. Apparently, Lerolle was not all that prolific, but lived quite comfortably on his wealth.

Red Sunset on the Dnieper is by the Russian-Ukrainian painter Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi (1842-1910). This landscape, which was painted between 1905 and 1908, really catches the viewers attention.

The walking stick show above was made by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903). It features a carved female body and a hidden compartment.