Friday Favorites 8/13/10

When I traveled regularly to Washington, D.C., I tried to schedule at least a half day of free time to visit the museums there, and my favorite was the National Gallery of Art.  It has a fine collection of Impressionist works, my favorite style of painting.  I’d probably say my favorite artist was Claude Monet, but my favorite painting would be Girl with a Watering Can, by Auguste Renoir.   Artistically, there are a number of Monet’s works I appreciate more but I had a very visceral reaction to Girl that you can’t get looking at a print.   But standing in front of the original, which is 39 1/2 by 28 13/16 inches, the subject matter, the brush strokes, the choice of color and the painting’s brightness … it seems to be illuminated by sunlight from within … won me over.  As it says on the museum website, Brilliant prismatic hues envelope the little girl in an atmosphere of warm light and charmingly convey her innocent appeal.  If you ever get a chance to see it in person, do it.  For now, enjoy this very good print …

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3 Comments on “Friday Favorites 8/13/10”

  1. granny1947 Says:

    What a stunning painting…when I win the lottery I will pop over to see it in real life!
    Have a great weekend bud.

  2. territerri Says:

    For someone who considers himself to lean a bit in the dark direction, that’s a very optimistic painting! 😉

    Seriously though, I like it. It has a calming effect.

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