Friday, June 1, 2012

The Steins Collect

Untitled, can't take photos inside the exhibit, so we took one inside the Met's entrance, infront of the exhibit poster

I saw a mailing from the Metropolitan Museum of Art about this exhibit sometime in January or February and it has been nagging at the back of my mind since. I really wanted to go. I also knew that until ski season was finished there wasn't a chance I could go. And then life just keeps adding on and at some point it was May and I was starting to get a little worried. The exhibit closes June 3rd.

 But we worked it out and as stated in the previous post my husband traded in some travel points and set us up with sweet accommodations and I drove myself, K and her friend into the NYC. We got up Sat. and had a lovely breakfast at the Renaissance Hotel and took a taxi to the Museum. We went straight to the exhibit.

 Wow. Really wow. Some lovely pieces that I hadn't seen before. Numerous small works (so many on cardboard) some still in private collections. And you do really get a sense of how important it was that the Steins collected works, befriended artists, and most importantly served as an introduction for the artists to other collectors. This idea that their apartment was open so people could view works by Picasso and Matisse before they were established... so interesting. And this idea that the artists were all talking to one another and sharing ideas and so on, I wonder if that is replaced by art schools, or graduate programs in today?

 notes from the show: I loved that Leo Stein described Matisse as a "talented colorist."

 I relate to that. I rather like "Still Life with Chocolate Pot" by Matisse, in Musee Nationale d'art Moderne Pompidou (I've tried to google this without success, perhaps because so many of Matisse's works have been photographed and are online?)

 Picasso's "Boy Leading a Horse" 1906, Museum of Modern Art NYC, is something.

 The forms are beautiful(okay, the boy's head is a little weird, but it's Picasso). The girls and I talked about how the boy's hand is obviously closed around a halter or something to lead the horse with, but the actual halter is not painted into the painting. And by leaving it out, Picasso allowed the viewer to see the horse, and it is beautiful. We also talked about how he (Picasso) didn't force the back hooves, but alluded to them and the viewer's eye believes that they are there. I suggested that if he had insisted on painting the back hooves it would have had the effect of making things too crowded and busy and would have detracted from the composition. It is interesting that he was so good at knowing what to draw and what not to draw.

 If I could steal a painting it would be "Flowers" by Matisse, 1906, Brooklyn Museum, gift of Marion Gans Pomperoy

Matisse operated a class between 1908 and 1910. (can you imagine painting with Matisse!) and told his students "to paint an autumn landscape I will not try to remember what colors suit this season, I will be inspired only by the sensation that the season arouses in me." {I love that!}

after our tour of the exhibit we stopped in the museum's cafe for lunch (really yummy!) and then enjoyed the Greek and Roman exhibit (K is taking Latin II in school and is very into it.)

K in front of a Roman wall painting
After we'd checked out the classics section we checked out the book store and I went a little crazy.  I bought the book Van Gogh The Drawings which I've wanted for some time. And I bought the catalog for the Steins Collect.  So add that to my summer reading projects!  Having done our shopping it was now 3 pm! And we left the museum for Central Park to do some sketching.

the girls sketching
K & D sketching in Central Park, my sketch of the girls
my sketch of the girls
Sketching in Central Park
we relocated to one of the open grass areas


cesera said...

Dear  ,

now this wonderfull exhibition,"The Steins Collect;Matisse,Picasso,Cezanne and the Parisian Avant Garde" in NewYork at the Metropolitan Museum of Art ,is over .

It was a little more than twelve months the Steins’s Year .Perhaps one more than one million visitons in the five exhibitions .

What a pleasure to see the portrait of Gertrude Stein by Riba-Rovira .

Who was as Picasso an antifascist and antinazi artist .Persecuted by Franco and the Nazis .And he is in this exhibition ,thanks to Rebecca Rabinow and Edward Burns.
So Riba-Rovira is beside Tchelitchew and Balthus and Francis Rose near Picabia and Picasso in the last room of this exhibition with Cézanne, Matisse .

You have an interesting article in Appollo London Revew about him .And also in Artes Magazine from San Francisco where the exhibition was before .

The main revelation is in the mention beside the picture with the Preface Gertrude Stein wrote for first Riba-Rovira's exhibition in the Galerie Roquepine in Paris on 1945 .

Where we can read Gertrude Stein writing Riba-Rovira "will go farther than Cezanne...will succeed in where Picasso failed...I am fascinated " by Riba-Rovira Gertrude Stein tells us .

And you are you also fascinated indeed as Gertrude Stein by Riba-Rovira ?
Me I am when I see « L’Arlequin » on the free access website of « Galeria Muro ».

Gertrude Stein spoke in this same document not only Picasso and Cezanne but also Matisse and  Juan Gris .
Riba-Rovira went each week in Gertrude Stein's saloon rue Christine with Masson, Hemingway and others. By Edward Burns and Carl Van Vechten we can know Riba-Rovira did others portraits of Gertrude Stein .

But we do not know where they are ;and you do you know perhaps ?

With this portrait we do not forget it is the last time Gertrude Stein sat for an artist who is Riba-Rovira .Picasso the first .
This exhibition presents us a world success with this last painting portrait before she died .And her last Gertrude Stein's Art Retrospective before dead .

It illuminates the tone as an esthetic light over that exhibition now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York thanks to Curator Rebecca Rabinow .
Coming from San Francisco "Seeing five stories" in the Jewish museum to Washington in National Portrait Gallery .And after Paris, in the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York for our pleasure .

And the must is to see for the first time in the same place portraits by Picasso, Picabia, Riba-Rovira, Rose ,Tall-Coat, Valloton .Never before it was .

You have the translate of Gertrude Stein's Riba-Rovira Preface on english Gertrude Stein's page on Wikipedia and in the catalog of this Roquepine exhibition you can see in first place the mention of this portrait .And also other pictures Gertrude Stein bought to Riba-Rovira .
There is another place where you can see now Riba-Rovira's works in an exhibition in Valencia in Spain "Homenage a Gertrude Stein" by Riba-Rovira in Galeria Muro ,if you like art ...

We do not missed today that all over Europe a very bad wind is blowing again bringing the worth in front of us .And we must know that at least were two antinazis and antifascists in this exhibition but the only one fighting weapons in hands would be Riba-Rovira who did one of the first three « affiches » supporting Republicans in the beguining Spanish civil war .

Seeing Potrait of Gertrude Stein by Riba-Rovira in the Metropolitain Museum of New York with Picasso ,Cézanne ,Matisse we feel a recreation of spirit .

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE going to special exhibits!!