Monday, May 17, 2010

2010 Art Related Travels: Philadelphia

As I said earlier, this first half of the year has been a very busy and art filled.  I need to take you back to January to give you a better idea of some of the great Art I've been so fortunate to see this year so far.  In January, I took a trip up to Philadelphia to visit my dear friend and fellow artist Diane Feissel.  She was so kind to take me around her new, fantastic city.  Among other things, she took me to the Philadelphia Museum of Art on an evening when they were hosting some wonderful Jazz Music.  We focused on viewing the American Collection which houses some of our countries greatests like Inness, Beaux, and several works by Thomas Eakins, in fact an entire room was dedicated to this local artist.  Here are some favorite images from this visit. 

Thomas Eakins, various portraits, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Thomas Eakins, Portrait of J. Harry Lewis, oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 19 3/4 in, 1876

Thomas Eakins, The Agnew Clinic, oil on canvas, 84⅜ in × 118⅛ in, 1889

Thomas Eakins, The Agnew Clinic (detail), oil on canvas, 1889

Thomas Eakins, The Agnew Clinic (detail), oil on canvas, 1889

 George Inness, Short Cut Thru Watchung Station New Jersey, oil  on canvas, 1883

Cecilia Beaux, Portrait of George Burnham, oil on canvas, 47 3/4 x 41 3/8 in, 1887

There are of course many many more exemplary works in this museum.  The Philadelphia Museum of Art is definitely worth a visit.  They also have a very good website that shows most of their collection with the ability to zoom in.  You can find better images of these paintings and view the PMA's website by clicking HERE.

Next post will be about a quick trip to NYC... stay tuned.

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