Shake it up baby (twist & shout)

July 6, 2010

Buck tradition. That’s what the Impressionists did, even though to our contemporary eye, the paintings look traditional and are considered classical.

Impressionists were the rebels of their day and shook up the art world in a big way. Mary Cassatt, for example, changed the dictum that women had to be “naked, happy or seductive” in paintings.

The Musee d’Orsay in Paris is being renovated, and a whole bunch of their fabulous Impressionist paintings have been loaned to San Francisco’s deYoung Museum, of which we are members.

Renoir, Cezanne, Whistler, Cassatt, Monet and many of the other big names are represented.

We’re heading up to San Francisco to enjoy it this morning. I love the Musee d’Orsay and look forward to seeing many of my favorite paintings again here at home.

As you probably know, the Musee d’Orsay is a beautifully renovated train station, all glass and arches.
The deYoung (founded in 1895) is situated in a uniquely San Francisco setting: Golden Gate Park. It was damaged in the 1989 earthquake and closed at the end of 2000. It took five years to build a new museum, and here it is above. I haven’t visited since it opened in 2005 and look forward to seeing it.

Jonathan Curiel/SF Weekly
and the painting is Caillebotte’s The Floor Scrapers, one of my favorites.

One comment on “Shake it up baby (twist & shout)
  1. Lya de Putti says:

    Oh how lovely – the first picture in your post is one of my very favourites and I haven’t seen it for a long time – Jx

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