Saturday, August 3, 2013

Philly Art Tour

Two weeks ago when I joined my husband in Philadelphia we toured the art museum.  (Yes, we ran up the steps and did the Rocky move before entering the building.)  I love visiting museums with my husband because we are on the same frequency: stop and enjoy the art that speaks to you, but don't slow down for the art that doesn't.  Also, if I really like something my husband is okay with multiple return trips to that spot in the museum.  Here are just a few items that caught my eye...

On the outside this pot is interesting enough, but the wow factor emerges when you take a peek on the inside.  I'm passionate about all things blue- this shade of blue was so lovely.  This pot represents my goal in life: be interesting enough on the outside, but be more lovely, more brilliant, more interesting on the inside.  I hope I can teach my future children that quality.
Furniture is art too.  This chair was extraordinary.  Something so common in our lives, a chair, is taken to another level because of the design.  I really wanted to sit in this chair, but my husband advised against it.
This is dog crate is over 2,000 years old and from around China.  Now I know why I like Chinese people so much: clearly they understood that dogs are sacred.  I might need to get a more magnificent crate for my dogs.
This portrait was humongous!  It was titled Portrait of Aurelia "Thistledown" Clifton Brown on Her Pony, 1930, oil on canvas and it was donated by Aurelia C. Brown's estate in 2012.  First all, I'm jealous that she grew up with a pet pony!  I still dream of owning a pony or two!  Second, I respect any artist that includes dogs in portraits!  Third, I'm totally going to have humongous portraits painted of our  future children! I don't know why I can't stop using exclamation points in this paragraph!!!
Gustav Klimt's (1862-1918) Frauenbildnis (Portrait of a Woman) is an unfinished large scale work.  It is thought to be his third work portraying Maria Munk who had shot herself in 1911 at the age of 24, in despair over a lover.  Klimt died before he had the chance to finish this masterpiece.  My husband and I sat on the bench in front of this painting and took it all in for quiet some time.  This work spoke to me deeply.  I studied every inch of this painting, and then in my mind I finished this work.  It is beautiful. This work reminds me that we really have to stay on top of life to ensure there are no "unfinished canvasses" left behind.


  1. Dang! I clicked on Gustav Klimt so I could see if he painted "The Kiss" (this one looks like it) and my long comment was gone when I came back. When will I learn?
    Try again -
    I agree with your method of going through a museum.
    1) The pot is very beautiful and a lovely shade of blue. I like your comment about it
    2)The chair is interesting. I am glad you followed your husband's advice to refrain from sitting in it. What if it broke? Do museums have a "you break it, you pay for it" policy? You couldn't run, because you would be on camera. :)
    3) This dog crate (can you call something like that a crate?) is awesome and magical. I didn't know people treasured dogs 2000 years ago. This dog was King Rover.
    4) The painting is beautiful. He did a very good job on the horse. Sometimes horses are captured well in a painting. I wish you would have stood in front of it so we could have a scale for the picture.
    5) This portrait is awesome.... And yes, it's by the same artist who painted "The Kiss." Do you remember my big poster of it. I love The Kiss - so tender, yet passionate, magical.
    6)All of these make me happy, and your comments make me more so. The dog crate makes me the happiest.. .Are those 2 jewels on the front?
    Note to self: Push PUBLISH before going back to look at The Kiss again.

  2. Thank you for taking us to the art museum too!!