Saturday, April 24, 2010
Time off yesterday. Spent a wonderful couple of hours at the National Gallery in Washington DC with a collector friend. We went in to see one of the current exhibitions, selected works from the Chester Dale collection entitled From Impressionism to Modernism. The exhibition runs through the end of July and is a fantastic assemblage of works from many of my favorite artists and such a fine juxtaposing of portrait work and landscape. Just a tempting few of the masterpieces included are shown here. Dale and his wife, Maude, collected hundreds and hundreds of works by some of the most noted and well respected artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
I never walk away from spending time like this without feeling greatly inspired and anxious to get back to work, while dwelling upon what visual treats I have just experienced. It never fails to jolt me into new ways of thinking, when observing how some of my favorite artists developed their works or composed their subjects. Seeing works by Bellows and Braque, Monet and Modigliani, Cezanne and Cassatt, and Lautrec and Leger to name but a few, hanging side by side, you can really see influences, inferences and the ways in which these masters all took from each other. How can we as artists not be inspired by each other?
If you are going to be in the DC area in the next few months, you should really spend some time with some of the finest works produced over a 50 year period, included in this outstanding exhibition.
Later today, it's back to cows for me!