Considering how much I expected to visit Boston when we were planning our move to New Hampshire, we have only "gone to town" a few times. We've been thruough town almost monthly to visit our beautiful granddaughter... but not so often to sample the cultural offerings. So I made sure I had comfortable shoes and fresh batteries when we went to the Museum of Fine Arts last week.
The Blue and White Exhibition had been highly recommended to us by my daughter, and indeed was more thoughtprovoking and interesting than I expected. It was not merely a mish mash of historical pieces in blue and white, but included more contemporary uses of blue and white to both emphasize and contradict tradition. I might have to do a series of "just blue and white" paintings in response.
Here is a stack of carved plates and bowls, reconstructed to make a more dimentional landscape scene.
The shadows on the teacup paintings were IN the images, not an artifact of my dubious photograph. I liked the series.
Would you make art about happy memories or disastrous ones? I can think of other examples of both kinds. But rarely is the art relating to "disasters" as "pretty" as these Delftware grenades!
How to Wrap Five Eggs. My uncle had that book on his coffee table when I was a teenager..
Dante and Virgil. Looks somewhat homoerotic to me... unless it was really supposed to be Dante and BEATRICE! What do you think?
Something about this work (monumental in scale) made me laugh. Orpheus Charming the Animals reminded me of earlier Netherlandish paintings in which there was lots of sub-text and symbolism. What peculiar animals Aelbert Cuyp chose! A pangolin? Where would an artist have seen such a variety. (But note the common kitty and dogs.)
Although these cattlemen were probably created to go into a burial chamber, it reminded me of a child's toy. These are at least 1000 years BCE.