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.DSC09701

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.



In addition to having a very fine lunch, we also went to see a fantastic special exhibition … the first in the new exhibition galleries of the new building.France2

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.

aboutRightSideOr better yet here’s the museum’s video of the show.

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.


I’m quite sure that was one of my early childhood paintings.DSC09680

And here’s France as seen by some German painter.

And remember when I promised to take a top view photo of  Andy Goldsworthy’s Stone Sea a few months ago?SLAM

Well, here it is …DSC09682

While I was on the backside of the museum building, I checked out how the new sculpture garden was coming.DSC09683

It’s a work in progress, but two Henry Moore sculpture’s are already in place.DSC09685


And in case you’ve ever wondered what is behind the Saint Louis Art Museum …DSC09688

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.



About Robert Edler

... a somewhat unknown and/or imaginary actor, writer, director, producer, photographer, friend, brother, uncle and all round good fellow that you really should get to know because he lives with that most glamorous fourpaw Mademoiselle Renee. (Mlle. Renee for short)

Posted on April 25, 2014, in MY WORLD AND WELCOME TO IT! and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I’m going to need a LOT of time when I finally visit STL.

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