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Art of the Night

Breakfast in Bed, by Mary Cassatt (1897)

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1 wsporter   ~  Feb 25, 2010 9:24 pm

Alex, every now and then you strike nerve. My wife bought that print on a trip to Chicago some 15 years ago at the A.I.C. I look at it across our room every morning as the sun comes up underneath it. It's funny how things like this become a part of you like your clothes or your tea mug do. What made you post this one?

2 Alex Belth   ~  Feb 26, 2010 9:02 am

Hey, it was random actually. I don't know very much about Mary Cassatt but a friend of mine knows a ton about her so I was searching around her galleries and several pictures jumped out at me, but this one took the prize. That was all. Just thought it was a compelling image. I really like formal composition and you'll see that as a throughline in many of the pictures I choose I suppose.

3 lentnej   ~  Feb 26, 2010 9:20 am

I find myself watching my kids like that. Didn't know parents stared at their kids until I became a dad.

4 gary from chevy chase   ~  Feb 26, 2010 9:50 am

Alex -
Thanks, thanks for posting the Cassatt painting. The National Gallery of Art in DC (west wing) is now having a show featuring the donations of the Dales, one of the founders of their collection, including impressionist through moderns. One of the startling aspects of the exhibit is a number of Cassatt paintings, which stand up very well to Picasso, Renoir, Degas, etc. of the same period. She was an amazing talent, whose incredible use of light and shadow needs to be seen to be believed. Come see the show if you can (it's free, one of the benefits of DC life).

5 Alex Belth   ~  Feb 26, 2010 10:42 am

I need to get to D.C. more often, man. The museums alone are worth the trip. Thanks for the heads up on that, Gary.

6 wsporter   ~  Feb 26, 2010 11:58 am

[4] I have a free afternoon next week so I'm headed over to the National Gallery. I'm looking forward to this one. It's there until July. There is also a wonderful exhibition over at the Corcoran Gallery as well - Turner to C├ęzanne: Masterpieces from the Davies Collection, National Museum Wales as well as their important permanent collection. $10 to get in. Here's a link: http://www.corcoran.org/index.php. Come on down Alex; if you can't have fun in the District you're just not trying!

7 Chyll Will   ~  Feb 26, 2010 12:56 pm

[6] Very true. But you can keep the go-go music! >;)

8 wsporter   ~  Feb 26, 2010 1:18 pm

[7] Chyll NOOOOOOOO - Chuck Brown gets it done and loves Mary Cassatt!


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