Tuesday, August 14, 2012


A few photos of paintings we saw in the High Art Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.  This is a gorgeous, all white building (inside and out), curving staircase around and around to each floor, interesting glass placements throughout and tons of white walls to show off the work. 

A pastel from Mary Cassatt, very loosely done so you could see the marks of the pastels well.

A lovely pastel from Degas.

A small but beautifully rendered Monet.

One cannot have Monet without also having Manet :)

One of my favorite artists in watercolor - and he's not too bad in oil, either!
John Singer Sargent.  The title card said you could see the sand on the painting because he painted it at the beach and it must have been windy enough to pick up grains in the paint.  It made it more interesting and textural and his loose brushstrokes on everything but the face of this friend of his is just gorgeous!  A true master painter.

One of my favorites in the museum, a pastel from
Edmund Francois Aman-Jean (1890). 

The softness of the dress - like silk
The sketchiness of the wrap - you can see all the marks
Comparing those two in this painting with the beautiful face and you knew you were looking at an artist who mastered pastel.

Another of my favorites, by Edvard Munch. 
This one was called Madonna and then a woman's name in parentheses.  In the book shop, they had a postcard but called it The Brooch with a woman's name after it. 

I like to see the hand of the artist in the work.  My favorites were often those where you could see the marks on the paper or canvas, knowing how the artist created the work.

One of the only pure watercolors in the museum.

It caught my eye although it was a small painting.

By Eugene Louis Boudin (1880).

Have you seen any great art lately?



I simply adore Mary Cassatt. Her work is so beautiful to look at. Thanks for sharing.

ciao bella
Creative Carmelina

RH Carpenter said...

So glad you enjoyed seeing the paintings, Carmelina! Thanks for stopping by and for taking the time to leave a comment.

CrimsonLeaves said...

A gorgeous showing of art, Rhonda. Thank you so much for sharing this!

RH Carpenter said...

Glad you enjoyed the mini art show, Sherry :)

Gary L. Everest said...

Good Morning Rhonda,
Thanks for sharing your visit. Took me down memory lane. When we lived in Chattanooga, there was a show at the High which I really wanted to see, so we made the couple hour drive and stayed overnight. Sadly, I don't remember a thing about the exhibit! Must be getting old and forgetful!
Enjoy your day, Rhonda.

RH Carpenter said...

Glad you enjoyed it, Gary :)

Dan Kent said...

I saw this yesterday but didn't have time to comment. I truly enjoyed your tour. Beautiful paintings. I've been to the High Art Museum and it is a beautiful elegant building. I hope I can go back some day.

Laura Moore said...

Hi Rhonda. Loved seeing these paintings. I went to the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition in London last week. An exhibition open to everyone. Great to see what new artists are creating and the variety too. Though like always watercolour never seems to feature highly. Only two small entries that I saw out of 1,500 pieces. Don't know why there is such snobbery against watercolour. Take care. Laura x

RH Carpenter said...

Glad you both enjoyed the little tour, Dan and Laura. There's nothing better than seeing good art to brighten your day! Laura, I'm not sure it's an elitist thing with watercolors but perhaps their care - if they were on display all the time, perhaps there would be problems with archivalness? Not sure, but I hope it's not just that oils and acrylics and pastels are the top dogs and watercolors are the "little old ladies who paint on Sundays" type of mindset for conservators and collectors. Watercolor has come a long way - but has a long way to go yet.

scott davidson said...

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