For The Love of Art

We took a wonderful day trip yesterday. The Houston Museum of Fine Art has on loan 135 French Masterpieces. Yep…Renoir, Manet, Monet…oh my!

Since they wouldnt let anyone take pictures of the actual art with us standing next to it…here is family sans Mom in front of the museum. While we thoroughly enjoyed the French Masterpieces…yeah, I got a little verklempt…Husband and I LOVED two paintings by Jean-Léon Gérôme – One titled: Pygmalion & Galatea.

The story is: At the end of his career, Gérôme became increasingly interested in polychrome sculpture. The picture executed about 1890, illustrate a story from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The artist chose the moment when the Cypriot sculptor Pygmalion’s wish was granted by Venus. The statue of Galatea that he had created came to life and responded to his love. In an interview Gérôme said that he hoped his treatment of the theme would “rejuvenate” a hackneyed subject. He added the apparition of Eros with his bow and arrow, which is not mentioned in Ovid’s account of the legend.

And Prayer in the Mosque.

In the fall of 1867, Gérôme traveled extensively in Egypt and the Near East. Since the Mosque of cAmr, depicted in the present painting, is described in detail in the journal of Paul Lenoir, Gérôme’s traveling companion, it is likely that the painting was done from sketches made on that journey. The mosque dates from the seventh century and is still standing in the eastern part of old Cairo.

I was also very happy to see a few by Mary Cassatt and some amazing florals by Dutch painter Jan van Huysum. I am NOT an abstract art fan but seeing a Pollack and Kandinsky were very very interesting.

Then we went over to The Central Market and ate a terrific burger and did some shopping. A good time was had by all.

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