November 28, 2019

This morning I am traveling. Not really, but I am traveling through art. I decided to go to Los Angeles to check out some of their greatest pieces of art. Some I knew about, some I am discovering for the first time….

Woman with a Book, Pablo Picasso Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.

Picasso painted this piece in 1844 as an homage to Ingres’s Portrait of Madame Moitessier. He used his mistress Marie-Thérèse Walter as the model.

Check out the profile in the mirror to her side. Some say it reflects a Neoclassical precedent in art. Some say it’s an abstract self-portrait.

Dr. Pozzi at Home , John Singer Sargent, 1881 The Hammer Museum

One of John Singer Sargent’s pristine portraits. They are almost photographic in nature. This one is life-sized image of Dr. Samuel-Jean Pozzi was a famous surgeon, gynecologist; as well as soldier, politician and art collector, not to mention notorious womanizer. This is in the Hammer Museum.

La Promenade, Renoir 1870 The Getty Center

This depiction of a couple in the forest could have many stories. We are left to create our own. In the past, it was believed that the man in the painting was landscape painter Alfred Sisley (1839–1899) and the woman was Rapha, a companion of musician Edmond Maître (1840–1898).[6][7]The style is decidedly rococo.

Irises, Van Gogh, 1889, The Getty Center

Van Gogh started painting Irises within a week of entering the asylum, in May 1889, working from nature in the hospital garden. There is a lack of the high tension which is seen in his later works. He called painting “the lightning conductor for my illness” because he felt that he could keep himself from going insane by continuing to paint.

This piece hangs at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Some believe that the scene is intended to show the ancient Mexican tradition of dedicating flowers to the gods.

I am pretty familiar with Frida Khalo, less so with her more famous husband, Diego. I think this is cool, though I had to look twice at the flowers.

c. 2019

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