SWW on painting.

When i travel I always try to figure out where to eat well. But before that I almost always check out what museums are in my destination city, what their collections feature, what exhibits are currently up. There a few better things to do with a friend, a loved one, or just by oneself than explore a good art museum. So, SWW on painting; that was kind of an inevitability.
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Turner. The Tate Gallery. So many wonderful Turner paintings there. Joseph Mallord William Turner - light, beautiful light, and anticipations of everything Impressionism codified.

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Max Beckmann. One of my favorite German expressionist painters. This painting, "Baccarat," is in the collection at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City. There is a dark and foreboding quality to Expressionism from this period, suggestive of the cruel events ahead. Good times seemed desperate, as if some foreknowledge of barbarism was afoot in the unconscious.

I saw this for the first time with a real amazing writing/musician friend and its sorta branded in my mind now.

So often I have stood, admiring this, one of my favorite Monet paintings anywhere. Often awestruck, and in part because it is in my 'hometown' museum, the Nelson-Atkins in Kansas City.     Boulevard des Capucines is an oil-on-canvas street scene painting of Boulevard des Capucines by French Impressionist artist Claude Monet created in 1873.

MONET, Claude Boulevard des Capucines 1873 Oil on canvas, 80 x 60 cm Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

I like Boston. I always enjoy visiting the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, not least for their amazing Monet collection. But I am fond of their many Renoir paintings also. This, "Dance at Bougival," is enchanting, but alarming. There is something withheld or withdrawn in the young lady's countenance, and the man's ardor may be too much, not entirely welcome. Or am I looking with the eyes of 2013 too much?

The Frick Collection - NYC. Check out the whole collection while you are there, in addition to the wonderful Renoir exhibit.

I am partial to the "Ashcan School." Had the good fortune to see a great, comprehensive exhibition of AS paintings a few years ago at the City Museum of New York. I am especially fond of John Sloan, but at this moment I somehow focused on George Luks' "Houston Street," 1916.

The Ashcan School, George Luks, Houston Street, oil on canvas, Saint Louis Art Museum

'Van Gogh used the intense blue of the sky to symbolize the "divine and infinite presence" of Jesus. Seeking a "modern artistic language" to represent the divine, he sought a numinous quality in many of his olive tree paintings, such as by bathing olive trees, an emblem for Jesus, in "radiant gold light".' - Kathleen Power Erickson.  ... A favorite of mine, again, from KC's Nelson-Atkins Museum. Here, Van Gogh discovers the colors of impressionism, and moves toward his masterpieces.

Extremely detailed close-ups of Van Gogh’s masterpieces. Olive Orchard / Olive Grove – 1889 × cm × in). Oil on canvas Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Line, color, balance, harmony, and spirit. I love Kandinsky. "Rose with Gray," from 1924, is another painting found in Kansas City's Nelson-Atkin's Museum. I have seen entire exhibits of Kandinsky's work, including one recently at the Guggenheim, but I am especially fond of this painting, and its proximity.

"Rose with Gray" - 1924 by Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo.

los-fusilamientos-del-3-de-mayo2 ... Goya. When I saw this huge Goya exhibit at the Prado I was humbled by my ignorance. I knew he was a great painter, but outside of a few Dutch masters and Caravaggio I gave short shrift to most (okay, a lot) of pre-19th century painting.

El 3 de Mayo de 1808 en Madrid: los fusilamientos de patriotas madrileños [Goya] Is your shared knowledge of Spanish history necessary to appreciate this work of art?

Well, the historical and psychological interpretations of Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights" are fun stuff. You know, people torturing themselves about enjoying sexuality, and trying to find some legitimate visionary spiritual context for ... you know, digging it. The "Hell" in the triptych really does seem to be gamblers and triflers. So, Edenic. Or not. I will say this - seeing this sucker up close in the Prado in Madrid is pretty overwhelming.

Hieronymus Bosch, “The garden of earthly delights”. XVIth C Hieronymus Bosch. Date of birth: 's-Hertogenbosch City, Netherlands; date of death Habsburg Netherlands

Kirchner's "Seated Female Nude." I find German Expressionist painting provocative and challenging, still a vital influence. The Neue Galerie in New York has a remarkable collection of German and Austrian art from the early 20th century. It is also a prepossessing building, an ornate Beaux Arts mansion. Terrific bookstore, too.

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner: Seated Female Nude, (colored crayon and charcoal on paper). Neue Galerie New York.

At MOMA. Modigliani. I admire his work generally, but his female nudes are awe inspiring. This is aptly entitled "Reclining Nude."

Reclining Nude Amedeo Modigliani (Italian, c. Oil on canvas,

The unique, whimsical sense of color and line exhibited by Miro always delights me. Just does. This painting, "Woman at Sunrise," is in the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, so I get to visit it often. And I do.

Joan Miró 1966 'Women at Sunrise', Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri

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