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Old 02-06-2012, 07:16 AM
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A fun Review of The Baltimore Gallery of Art

I did a fun little review of the Baltimore Museum of Art on my blog. It's always so inspring to see art with my own eyes! Do you have a favorite museum you've been to lately?

http://www.mylifewithmonkeys.com/201...lo-museum.html
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Good post on your blog, Kellee.

I've just got back from a second visit to the exhibit at CaixaForum here in Barcelona, many Impressionists from the Clark Collection, especially a lot of very good Renoirs.
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Thank you so much!
my hometown museum is one of my favorites, the SFMOMA...its just a museum close to my heart!
when I get the time, i want to compile reviews of tons of art museums, since its hard to find good reviews on blogs!
thanks for the review!
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Thank-you! I LOVE the SFMOMA. I saw a weird multi media show in 1999 with Bill Viola. I thought I didn't like it, but I have never forgotten it! I have seen a few museums in Europe, but I never made it to Spain...maybe next time!

Maybe I will write more about museum visits in the future, but I am almost always writing about art or the process of becoming an artist! I hope you all come back again!
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i definitely will!
Before going to France, I assumed that there would be some blog that just churned out reviews of art museums and key highlights etc. (to make sure that I wouldn't miss anything)
turns out, there wasn't, so i was going to try to make on myself.
so far i havn't had the time, but soon!
love the review! I've always wanted to go to Baltimore to see the Cones Collection.
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I did a fun little review of the Baltimore Museum of Art on my blog. It's always so inspring to see art with my own eyes! Do you have a favorite museum you've been to lately?

http://www.mylifewithmonkeys.com/201...lo-museum.html

I notice in your blog you write:

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No matter how hard I try, I just don’t care for Matisse. I’ve been to his home in Nice, France and I have seen his art in many galleries but I think his work looks unfinished. It’s sad because he worked tirelessly to achieve that style and well, it’s just meh. I have the urge to take the canvas home and see if I can’t help him get the job done!

Matisse, along with Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, is commonly regarded as one of the three artists who define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the 20th century. Matisse, whether you like his work or not, is responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. He was a great influence on many artists.




Henri Matisse, 1904, Luxe, calme et volupté, 98 x 118.5 cm, oil on canvas, Musée d'Orsay, Paris





Henri Matisse, 1905, Woman with Hat, 79.4 x 59.7 cm, oil on canvas, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art





Henri Matisse, 1905-1906, Le bonheur de vivre, The joy of life, 145 x 241 cm, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia


Notice the dates on these works. The latter was executed before Picasso's infamous Les Demoiselles d'Avignon.


I've been to the Musée d'Orsay in Paris on many occasions for the sole purpose of standing in front of Luxe, calme et volupté, and never regretted it once.



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Re: A fun Review of The Baltimore Gallery of Art

i noticed that she didn't like matisse too (and was surprised/disagreed etc...the only reason i knew of the baltimore musuem of art was because it housed the cones collection...
my one question: why is Les Demoiselles d'Avignon infamous? (i also recalled that it was painted after Le bonheur de vivre etc.)
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my one question: why is Les Demoiselles d'Avignon infamous? (i also recalled that it was painted after Le bonheur de vivre etc.)

The word "infamous" to describe Picasso's was used for several reasons:

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon was originally titled The Brothel of Avignon, but the change of name takes nothing away from its meaning. The street in Barcelona by the name of Avignon (after which the painting was named) was well know for prostitution. Its resemblance to Cézanne's Les Grandes Baigneuses, Gauguin's statue Oviri and El Greco's Opening of the Fifth Seal (reproduced below) has been extensively discussed by critics, and is now widely praised. Yet at the time of its first exhibition in 1916, the painting was deemed immoral. In the nine years prior to its creation, Picasso had always referred to it as Le Bordel d'Avignon, but when the art critic André Salmon managed its first exposition he retitled it Les Demoiselles d'Avignon to lessen its scandalous impact on the public. Picasso never liked Salmon's title, preferring las chicas de Avignon instead.




El Greco, The Vision of Saint John, Opening of the Fifth Seal, 1608-1614, oil on canvas, with added strips 224.8 x 199.4 cm


Some critics argued the painting was a reaction to Henri Matisse's Le bonheur de vivre (reproduced above) and Blue Nude (see below). Although Matisse's Fauve paintings were widely derided—"A pot of paint has been flung in the face of the public", declared the critic Camille Mauclair—they also attracted some favorable attention. Matisse's Woman with a Hat (reproduced above) was singled out for the most attacks. The purchase of this work by Gertrude and Leo Stein had a very positive effect on Matisse at the time, who was demoralized from the bad reception of his work.

Matisse's notoriety as the leader of the new movement in modern painting continued to grow throughout 1906 and 1907, and Matisse attracted a following of artists including Braque, André Derain, Maurice de Vlaminck, Jean Metzinger and others. Picasso's work had transited through his Blue period and his Rose period and while he had a considerable following, too, his reputation was tame in comparison to his rival Matisse. To make matters worse Matisse shocked the French public again at the 1907 Société des Artistes Indépendants when he exhibited his painting Blue Nude, Souvenir de Biskra (below), executed early in 1907. The Blue Nude was one of the paintings that would later create an international sensation at the Armory Show of 1913 in New York City, along with Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase.




Matisse, Blue Nude, Souvenir de Biskra, oil on canvas, 92 x 140 cm, Baltimore Museum of Art


By the spring of 1907 when Picasso began painting Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, until its completion later that year, he was competing with Matisse for the preeminent position of being the perceived new leader of Modern painting. Upon its completion the shock and the impact of the painting propelled Picasso into the center of controversy and virtually knocked Matisse and Fauvism back stage, literally ending the Fauve movement by the following year. (Source)




Picasso Pablo, 1907, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Oil on canvas, 8' x 7' 8" (243.9 x 233.7 cm) MOMA New York


Infamous, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon was indeed.


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Nice blog! I sort of agree with you (the OP) on Matisse and Durer (I would like to like the former, but rarely do, I more often like the latter ).

Uh. What's retro-feminism??
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Nice blog! I sort of agree with you (the OP) on Matisse and Durer (I would like to like the former, but rarely do, I more often like the latter ).

Uh. What's retro-feminism??

About that word:

I use the word "retro-feminist" to decribe my domesticated state. I stay home and manage the house and home in a good old fashioned do-it-yourself way, but I do it by choice and with high respect from my husband who never asked me to stay home. I believe women should empower themselves, be educated and ready to face the world - but if they love to stay home then that can be just as empowering!

As for the discusion on Matisse:

Thank-you so much for a great background art history lesson! I may not like Matisse, but that does not mean that I do not respect him and his influences. Just because someone was great in their time does not mean that everyone has to love what they did. The paintings posted in this post are examples of his better work - all of which I have seen with my own eyes. But a vast majority of his work I do not care for and I have seen a lot of his work, even at his home in Nice. Aparently I am not alone in this thought!

For every artist I come across I do at least one thing: I respect them because they have made something and then shared it with the world. If they are famous, then I recognize the fact that they have been influenced by everyone who came before and will influence everyone who came after. All artist "steal" from each other. I have no doubt that, though I do not love Matisse's body of work as a whole, I will find his influence and bold use of color in my own work someday. That is just how the magic of art works.

I hope I can share another museum review this month! Thank-you so much for stopping by and sharing with me!

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About that word:

I use the word "retro-feminist" to decribe my domesticated state. I stay home and manage the house and home in a good old fashioned do-it-yourself way, but I do it by choice and with high respect from my husband who never asked me to stay home. I believe women should empower themselves, be educated and ready to face the world - but if they love to stay home then that can be just as empowering!

As for the discusion on Matisse:

Thank-you so much for a great background art history lesson! I may not like Matisse, but that does not mean that I do not respect him and his influences.....

That actually made more sense than most things I have heard about feminism lately

Anyway. I often think there is a bit too much feeling in visual arts that everyone should "get" everything, whereas in music, people are more understanding to the fact that some kinds of music just don't rock your boat. Even more than Matisse, I am just not very attracted to Cezanne. That's just me. I do know he was tremendously influential on later cubists etc, so like you I acknowledge that fact. My own favorite, Velazquez, is clearly not to everyone's taste either. I still like to bring him up in discussions, just to try to "convert" people, but I'm probably not very successful . Oh well....
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