THURSDAY … MY DAY AT THE MUSEUM
Today, I spent the day mowing the lawns for the first time this year. And it took me a half day to do it. Thankfully, I finished up and got all the equipment put away before the rain started. And by all the current weather predictions it will rain straight through until next Thursday.
“But wait a minute … what about your day at the museum that was in the headline???”
Oh, that was last Thursday! I was going to write about it over the weekend, but Easter commitments got in the way and I had to postpone it until today. Anyway, last Thursday I took my oldest friend Bill to the Panorama Restaurant in the museum to celebrate his birthday and view the featured exhibit. Actually, Bill really isn’t my oldest friend. I have a lot of friends who are much older, but Bill has been my best friend for longer than anyone else I know. For about 43 years. Actually, last Thursday really wasn’t his birthday either … his birthday really was on Thursday the week before. But real friends are always flexible with dates. Anyway we actually dressed up and went to lunch at the Panorama in the new addition to the Saint Louis Art Museum.
If you look close, you can see us in the second window from the throwback 1904 lamp-post. The restaurant is called Panorama because this is the view of Art Hill you see when you’re seated at one of the window tables.
It was a very interesting show that combined the work of painters and photographers who came to fame during the IMPRESSIONIST PERIOD in France. And it featured the work of photographic pioneers like Gustave Le Gray and Charles Marville, Barbizon School painters including Camille Corot and Théodore Rousseau, and Impressionist painters such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas, Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet and Berthe Morisot. Being a special exhibit, cameras were not allowed. But, here’s an example.
It was interesting to see and compare the artists’ visions and the photographers’ captures of the same scenes.
After the we finished we wandered through the other galleries.
And here’s France as seen by some German painter.
It’s the John F. Kennedy Memorial Forest … and it does have walking paths and rustic benches if you just want to contemplate nature in the wild.
And that was my visit to SLAM last Thursday!
Well, not quite. I did have to snap a couple of shots of the men’s room in the new addition.
It’s so classy, I’d be afraid to use it.
Posted on April 25, 2014, in MY WORLD AND WELCOME TO IT! and tagged Bill's birthday, birthay lunch, Impressionist France, Panorama, photography, Saint Louis Art Museum. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.