June 24, 2008

Trip Notes (I)

(1) Somewhere in Pennsylvania, I observed the first scarlet leaves of, um, summer.

(2) Went to the Barnes Foundation Museum on Sunday. Saw 181 Renoirs, almost 70 C├ęzannes, also numerous Matisse paintings, Soutine, Picasso, Rousseau, etc. Renoir I like very much. Matisse I do not like at all. Soutine I like. Rousseau I don't think was particularly good at doing faces, but I think I liked his stuff overall. And thus concludes your armchair tour of Impressionism.

(3) Also saw my new favourite painting in the world ever, for which I cannot find a representation online. It's called something like "Two Women on the Shore, Mediterranean," and was painted in 1896 by French pointilist painter Henri-Edmund Cross. It's gorgeous. And I didn't even remember to take a picture of it . . .

(4) The sun makes me sad. I have gotten overheated two days in a row (not burned, just too hot for too long) and have been sadly crawling around the house feeling cold and sleepy.

(5) But on the plus side, there are lots and lots of books to read here!

(6) Lots!

6 comments:

unfinishedperson said...

I used to live near there (the Barnes Foundation Museum), but never had the chance to visit. Not that I live that far away now: in northcentral Pennsylvania. It sounds like it would be a beautiful place to visit.

danica said...

Is this the painting?
http://www.the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=9161

Christine said...

No, that's not it -- but it is also very beautiful. The colouring is very similar to the one I saw on Sunday.

Katherine said...

Funny how small a world it is... I grew up around that area and even did an internship at the Barnes Foundation in college!

Mrs. Micah said...

I came away feeling so good about myself because I'm hot like a Renoir babe. :)

Joel D said...

You didn't forget - we weren't allowed to take pictures. What with it being an art museum, and all.