Posts Tagged ‘Cleveland’

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“The Large Plane Trees,” an 1889 work by Vincent Van Gogh at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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Untitled, 1988. Albert Oehlen from the exhibit Woods near Oehle at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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Famous, 1982 by Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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Untitled, 1981 by Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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All Beef by Jean-Michel Basquiat at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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Interior view of the older section of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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My kids and I spent a day at the Cleveland Museum of Art in January viewing the collection and the exhibit Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography.  I wish to share some of my favorites from the museum.

 

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Here are two views of The Heroic Head of Pierre de Wiessant, One of the Burghers of Calais” by Auguste Rodin.

 

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The Large Plane Trees by Vincent van Gogh.

 

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The Hills, South Truro by Edward Hopper.

 

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One of my all time favorite paintings, Head of Christ by Georges Rouault.

 

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 Wrapping it up at the Lafayette by Romare Bearden.
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1938 January by Grant Wood.
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The Cleveland Museum of Art is a wonderful museum.  I try to visit once a year.  It’s difficult for me since I live ninety miles away but it is worth the trip.  Ohio is blessed with great art venues.  I try to visit one every season.  It’s a great way to refresh my soul.

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Can you tell what painting this is?  It’s a close up image/detail of Claude Monet’s water lilies at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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Monet spent the last thirty years of his life painting the lily pond at his home in Giverny, a small town on the river Seine, just north of Paris. While his initial exploration of the water lily theme (1902-8) produced smaller works more descriptive of a garden setting, the later paintings focus on the water’s shimmering surface, indicating the surrounding trees and lush bank only through reflections. Here reflection and reality merge in strokes of blue, violet, and green. Fronds of water plants sway underwater and passing clouds are reflected above.  By 1915 Monet had conceived a plan, called his Grande Décoration, for arranging a series of monumental water lily paintings in an oval room, thus creating a continuous panorama that would surround and enclose the viewer in an environment of pure color. That installation is located in two oval rooms in the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris. Cleveland’s painting is the left panel of a three-part variation on this water lily theme. Its companions are now in the St. Louis Art Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.  I have had the opportunity to see two of the three paintings in Cleveland and Kansas City.

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A study of lines at the Cleveland Museum of Art

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A close up view of the details on the columns outside the old entrance to The Cleveland Museum of Art.