SWW on painting.

When i travel I always try to figure out where to eat well. But before that I almost always check out what museums are in my destination city, what their collections feature, what exhibits are currently up. There a few better things to do with a friend, a loved one, or just by oneself than explore a good art museum. So, SWW on painting; that was kind of an inevitability.
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'Van Gogh used the intense blue of the sky to symbolize the "divine and infinite presence" of Jesus. Seeking a "modern artistic language" to represent the divine, he sought a numinous quality in many of his olive tree paintings, such as by bathing olive trees, an emblem for Jesus, in "radiant gold light".' - Kathleen Power Erickson.  ... A favorite of mine, again, from KC's Nelson-Atkins Museum. Here, Van Gogh discovers the colors of impressionism, and moves toward his masterpieces.

'Van Gogh used the intense blue of the sky to symbolize the "divine and infinite presence" of Jesus. Seeking a "modern artistic language" to represent the divine, he sought a numinous quality in many of his olive tree paintings, such as by bathing olive trees, an emblem for Jesus, in "radiant gold light".' - Kathleen Power Erickson. ... A favorite of mine, again, from KC's Nelson-Atkins Museum. Here, Van Gogh discovers the colors of impressionism, and moves toward his masterpieces.

Line, color, balance, harmony, and spirit. I love Kandinsky. "Rose with Gray," from 1924, is another painting found in Kansas City's Nelson-Atkin's Museum. I have seen entire exhibits of Kandinsky's work, including one recently at the Guggenheim, but I am especially fond of this painting, and its proximity.

Line, color, balance, harmony, and spirit. I love Kandinsky. "Rose with Gray," from 1924, is another painting found in Kansas City's Nelson-Atkin's Museum. I have seen entire exhibits of Kandinsky's work, including one recently at the Guggenheim, but I am especially fond of this painting, and its proximity.

Well, the historical and psychological interpretations of Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights" are fun stuff. You know, people torturing themselves about enjoying sexuality, and trying to find some legitimate visionary spiritual context for ... you know, digging it. The "Hell" in the triptych really does seem to be gamblers and triflers. So, Edenic. Or not. I will say this - seeing this sucker up close in the Prado in Madrid is pretty overwhelming.

Well, the historical and psychological interpretations of Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights" are fun stuff. You know, people torturing themselves about enjoying sexuality, and trying to find some legitimate visionary spiritual context for ... you know, digging it. The "Hell" in the triptych really does seem to be gamblers and triflers. So, Edenic. Or not. I will say this - seeing this sucker up close in the Prado in Madrid is pretty overwhelming.

"The Jewish Cemetery"  by Jacob van Ruisdael. Light, depth, rainbow, ruins. Saw this in Nashville, on loan from Detroit's substantial Dutch Masters collection.

"The Jewish Cemetery" by Jacob van Ruisdael. Light, depth, rainbow, ruins. Saw this in Nashville, on loan from Detroit's substantial Dutch Masters collection.

Max Beckmann. One of my favorite German expressionist painters. This painting, "Baccarat," is in the collection at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City. There is a dark and foreboding quality to Expressionism from this period, suggestive of the cruel events ahead. Good times seemed desperate, as if some foreknowledge of barbarism was afoot in the unconscious.

Max Beckmann. One of my favorite German expressionist painters. This painting, "Baccarat," is in the collection at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City. There is a dark and foreboding quality to Expressionism from this period, suggestive of the cruel events ahead. Good times seemed desperate, as if some foreknowledge of barbarism was afoot in the unconscious.

"Maria and Elisabeth." Kathe Kollwitz's compassion for those victimized by war and poverty as captivating. Many of her most moving images are prints and drawings, but she did indeed paint, too. Her work was influenced by German Expressionism, but had the raw social reality of Courbet and Daumier.

"Maria and Elisabeth." Kathe Kollwitz's compassion for those victimized by war and poverty as captivating. Many of her most moving images are prints and drawings, but she did indeed paint, too. Her work was influenced by German Expressionism, but had the raw social reality of Courbet and Daumier.

The unique, whimsical sense of color and line exhibited by Miro always delights me. Just does. This painting, "Woman at Sunrise," is in the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, so I get to visit it often. And I do.

The unique, whimsical sense of color and line exhibited by Miro always delights me. Just does. This painting, "Woman at Sunrise," is in the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, so I get to visit it often. And I do.

Kirchner's "Seated Female Nude." I find German Expressionist painting provocative and challenging, still a vital influence. The Neue Galerie in New York has a remarkable collection of German and Austrian art from the early 20th century. It is also a prepossessing building, an ornate Beaux Arts mansion. Terrific bookstore, too.

Kirchner's "Seated Female Nude." I find German Expressionist painting provocative and challenging, still a vital influence. The Neue Galerie in New York has a remarkable collection of German and Austrian art from the early 20th century. It is also a prepossessing building, an ornate Beaux Arts mansion. Terrific bookstore, too.

los-fusilamientos-del-3-de-mayo2 ... Goya. When I saw this huge Goya exhibit at the Prado I was humbled by my ignorance. I knew he was a great painter, but outside of a few Dutch masters and Caravaggio I gave short shrift to most (okay, a lot) of pre-19th century painting.

los-fusilamientos-del-3-de-mayo2 ... Goya. When I saw this huge Goya exhibit at the Prado I was humbled by my ignorance. I knew he was a great painter, but outside of a few Dutch masters and Caravaggio I gave short shrift to most (okay, a lot) of pre-19th century painting.

I like Boston. I always enjoy visiting the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, not least for their amazing Monet collection. But I am fond of their many Renoir paintings also. This, "Dance at Bougival," is enchanting, but alarming. There is something withheld or withdrawn in the young lady's countenance, and the man's ardor may be too much, not entirely welcome. Or am I looking with the eyes of 2013 too much?

I like Boston. I always enjoy visiting the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, not least for their amazing Monet collection. But I am fond of their many Renoir paintings also. This, "Dance at Bougival," is enchanting, but alarming. There is something withheld or withdrawn in the young lady's countenance, and the man's ardor may be too much, not entirely welcome. Or am I looking with the eyes of 2013 too much?

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