A Philosopher (about 1635) by José de Ribera Two Jesters (1550-75) by Unknown artist Self Portrait (1828) by Rembrandt Peale Head of a Man (1777-78) John Singleton Copley Girl Reading (1938) by Pablo Picasso Self Portrait (1887) by Vincent Van Gogh
p. 13 I was learning something from the painting of Cezanne that made writing simple true sentences far from enough to make the stories have the dimensions that I was trying to put in them. I was learning very much from him but I was not articulate enough to explain it to anyone. Besides it was a secret.
p. 69 I learned to understand Cezanne much better and to see truly how he made landscapes when I was hungry. I used to wonder if were hungry too when he painted; but I thought possibly it was only that he had forgotten to eat. It was one of those unsound but illuminating thoughts you have when you have been sleepless or hungry. Later I thought Cezanne was probably hungry in a different way.
On Thursday, we attended Art in Bloom at the Milwaukee Art Museum. If you read me regularly, you probably know how much I admire Anselm Kiefer’s painting, “Midgard.” The arrangement inspired by that painting easily secured my “people’s choice” vote.
The above are my images of detail in several favorite works. Click to enlarge.
Earlier this month, we visited the Art Institute of Chicago for the first time since November 2019. In addition to the pleasures of returning to the old friends in this, one of our favorite places in the greatest city in the world, this introvert enjoyed the non-existent crowds on that warm, sunny Saturday.
I captured the images above during a recent visit. From the top left:
1. Detail from Jacopo del Casentino’s Enthroned Madonna and Child with Saints and Angels (circa 1325) 2. Detail from Eastman Johnson’s Boyhood of Lincoln (1868) 3. Detail from James McNeill Whistler’s Sea and Rain (1865) 4. Detail from John Francis Murphy’s Landscape (1880) 5. Detail from Max Ernst’s At the Crossroads (1955) 6. Two Girls Reading (Pablo Picasso; 1934)