MY DAILY CALENDAR…DAY 219 – AUGUST 7, 2013
MY DAILY CALENDAR FOR WEDNESDAY, DAY 219: Only one problem with doing two days of the origami challenge on one day … you have nothing new to fold on the second day. Just as well, because since it didn’t rain today as promised I manicured the front lawn. I also wore myself out stopping and starting every five or ten minutes so I would only move while the sun was behind the clouds. So even though it took me twice as long to mow the lawn, I really only worked half the time. I also drank enough water to sink the Titanic. Even though the air temp was only 91F, the sun rays were scorching. In other words, today was the day to have a pool. Since I don’t, I soaked in a tub of cold water after I finished working.
Since there was no origami to fold today, and the Mensa puzzle was a math thingie, I’m going to sub …
TWO DANCERS – Edgar Degas 1898
This pastel drawing on paper has been in storage for a while. But the addition of the East Building allowed the Museum to create a special gallery for showing works of art on paper. It is the only gallery in the museum with closed doors and subdued lighting to protect the paper from deteriorating. The drawings are also under glass. And hanging next to it ….BALLET DANCERS IN THE WINGS – Edgar Degas 1890-1900
FROM THE SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM COLLECTION GUIDE: The four women portrayed in Degas’s pastel were not the sought-after prima ballerinas of Parisian high society, but rather unglamorous junior members of the Opera ballet corps. In this drawing, they are shown out of the limelight, most slumped from exhaustion, awaiting their next cue. As a season ticket holder to the ballet, Degas was one of the few audience members allowed access to backstage scenes like this.
Working in luminous pastels, Degas charged the picture with color. Rosy pinks, lemon yellows, and shimmering aquatic blues and greens energize the composition. These are not realistic colors, but vivid emanations drawn from the artist’s imagination. The composition is unusual, as the women are organized laterally in two distinct groups, creating a cascading diagonal of figures from upper left to lower right.
LITTLE DANCER OF FOURTEEN YEARS – Edgar Degas
A what would a collection of Degas ballet works be without this bronze from another gallery.