Sunday, November 5, 2017

Five days of museum hopping in NYC

So I had the opportunity last week to visit 5 Museums from the NY,NY area.
The Brooklyn Museum, The Morgan, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Natural History, The Rose Pavillon, The Breuer Museum .

Here are a few highlights.

  
Jean-Honore Fragonard 
Portrait of a Neapolitan 1774

Casper David Friedrich
Moonlit landscape  1774

The artist says "The painter should paint not only what he has in front of him, but also what he sees inside himself. If he sees nothing within, then he should stop painting what is in front of him."



Samuel Palmer 
Oak Tree and Beech 1828


Honore Daumier 
Two lawyers Conversing 1862





Georges Seurat   
The Black Horse 1882


Fernard Leger
Composition 1918


Giorgio de Chirco
The Poet and the Philosopher 1913

Here is a poem by Andre Breton who inspired Giorgio de Chirco create this painting.

Five Ways To Kill A Man

 There are many cumbersome ways to kill a man.

You can make him carry a plank of wood
to the top of a hill and nail him to it.
 To do this
properly you require a crowd of people
wearing sandals, a cock that crows, a cloak
to dissect, a sponge, some vinegar and one
man to hammer the nails home.


Or you can take a length of steel,
shaped and chased in a traditional way,
and attempt to pierce the metal cage he wears.

But for this you need white horses,
English trees, men with bows and arrows,
at least two flags, a prince, and a
castle to hold your banquet in.


Dispensing with nobility, you may, if the wind
allows, blow gas at him.
 But then you need
a mile of mud sliced through with ditches,
not to mention black boots, bomb craters,
more mud, a plague of rats, a dozen songs
and some round hats made of steel.


In an age of aeroplanes, you may fly
miles above your victim and dispose of him by
pressing one small switch.
 All you then
require is an ocean to separate you, two
systems of government, a nation's scientists,
several factories, a psychopath and
land that no-one needs for several years.


These are, as I began, cumbersome ways
to kill a man.
 Simpler, direct, and much more neat
is to see that he is living somewhere in the middle
of the twentieth century, and leave him there.


inspired by Nietzshe, Andre Breton and Paul Elvard


Luca Signorelli 
Man in Profile 1490


Maurice de Vlaminck
Sails to Chatou 1906


Sir Henry Raeburn
William Faser of Reelig

And here is the write up I found particularly interesting

In late March and early April 1801, the seventeen-year old son of Edward Satchwell Fraser and Jane Fraser of Reelig traveled to Edinburgh from his family home in Inverness-shire en route to London. It was the first of William Fraser’s numerous visits to the studio of Sir Henry Raeburn, where this dashing portrait was painted. The finished portrait was dispatched to the family dining room in northern Scotland while its sitter was relocated to Delhi as a colonial servant of the East India Company. William fell under the Mughal spell, fathering numerous children from his harem of five or six Muslim and Hindu wives. He never returned to Scotland, for he was assassinated while commissioner of Delhi in 1835.


Giovanni di Paolo
The Creation and the Expulsion from the Paradise 1445


Funny how his motif has been popularized in this pair of shoes by Doc Marten


From the film titled  Chair Anxiety - I'm not sure of the author but it is from 
an exhibit called Delirium

There was more, much much more and that is the way it is in NYC. I will be influenced both on and off art table by this visit for a long time.