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What are your favourite pieces of art?
Being the age that I am, (60) our house is pretty much scattered with Athena prints and blocks and their kin.
I have a Picasso Guernica mislaid somewhere. It’s huge.
We have a number of Lowrys (no originals sadly). I can’t recall their titles.
Some Van Gogh’s - Starry Night (probably because of Don McLean . . . 'But I could have told you, Vincent, This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you') and Sunflowers. We have some sketches too - The Reaper, and a similar one of a woman working in a field.
On a caravan holiday in France we went miles well out of our way to sit in The Café in Arles.
“Where is the bridge of Van Gogh?” I asked. Or even, “Ou est le pont du Van Gogh, s’il vous plait?”
Le shrugging garcon hadn’t got a clue what I was talking about. The summonsed Patron explained “Any bridge you like M’sieur!”.
On another trip to Paris I got to the Musee d’Orsay, in the old 1900-1973 Gare d’Orsay, complete with the monstrous “striking” renovated station clock (Horloge). Close to the National Assembly building near the Seine, it’s like a living Athena catalogue, especially of the Impressionists, opening in 1986.
“Take the lift straight to the third floor M’sieur” I think, from memory, I was quietly advised by the receptionist.
It was overkill. Your Monets and your Manets and a chance to OD on Cézanne, Degas, Gauguin, Pissarro, Renoir, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh.
If like me, you’re a bit of an art(less) idiot, you mightn’t know these artists' works, until you see them.
And in front of every great “familiar” painting were two or three young people in their early 20’s with easels, palettes, brushes, knives, copying these masterpieces. That quite surprised me.
What really surprised me was how tiny the Degas ballerina was!
Not much bigger than A4, if, amongst the hundreds of originals, I was staring at the right one.
On leaving, I bought my wife and daughter (me really) a print of Monet’s Les Coquelicots (Poppies).
I don’t know how I got into these reminiscences.
Do you have any prints on the wall? Which ones? Why? Tell us about your arty interests or experiences.
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