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Took a little trip to Houston and spent the day at the Houston Fine Arts Museum.

 I wish I had more time, it’s quite a place. Several buildings, well organized and it was Thursday; free admission day.  They have a surprisingly good collection.

As you would expect in Texas there was plenty of Fredrick Remington.

 But there was also a special Titian show (it cost $17 extra to get in to see a dozen paintings but it wasn’t tooo hard to sneak in).

I was disappointed that because of the Titian show they had taken down their Bouguereau.

 But they did have some great loaners, including “The Nightmare” by Fuseli

and a smaller version of David’s “Oath of the Horati”

 While considering what I thought was some wrong information on an Eakins painting I accidently walked into a “no access” doorway. I found myself in the European gallery. They were passing out wine and snacks, I thought “This place is great” grabbed a glass of wine and took a look around. it didn’t take long to realize I had stumbled into a high-end fundraiser. Lots of older guys with the white shoes, pants, belt combination and their much younger companions with big hair & big cleavage. I had time to snap a pic of my favorite painting in the gallery, by Tintoretto, before security politely asked me to leave. 

When I complained that I was only in town for one day and didn’t get a chance to see the whole European gallery they gave me a complimentary book about the musuem’s history. A great place, I recommend a visit. One word of warning, you don’t know humidity until you’ve been in Houston, be prepared to sweat.

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“The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.”
Eugene Delacroix

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Honore Daumier An artist and political cartoonist in 19th centuryFrance. His caricatures of French royalty and upper class got him sent to jail a couple of times. He was a pioneer of Realism, painting ordinary or lower class people.

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“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.”
Oscar Wilde

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Still not quite there, more detail work to do. Unless I come up with some miracle change I don’t think this one will end up in my top ten

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We recently got one of those movie>download>to the>TV boxes where you pick your favorite genre and they make recommendations. I’ve been watching a lot of artist biographies and have been disappointed. Some of the older ones like “Lust for Life” and “The Agony and the Ecstasy” actually focus on the art and the artists’ processes. But the newer ones: “Georgia O’Keeffe”, Vincent & Theo”, “Crumb”, “Caravaggio”, Modigliani” were all abut the quirky behavior and who they were sleeping with. Very little or no mention of the art.

“Goya’s Ghost” was good, but Goya was just a background character.

I’ve been looking for a made-for-TV movie I saw years ago called “Season of Giants”, it was about  Florencein the 1500’s. The main characters were Michelangelo, Raphael & Leonardo (no they weren’t turtles). No luck finding it so far. I seem to remember it was an interesting movie, but it might be my poor memory.

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“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way – things I had no words for.”  ~Georgia O’Keeffe

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