Sunday, July 27, 2008

This is ...my favorite painting

I stood in a rather short line to see the Vermeer exhibit when it came to Washington DC in 1995/6. I was one of the first group allowed in that day and I walked from room to room with few people around. When I saw this one, it took my breath away, and I was able to sit on a bench opposite the painting for about a half hour. By then more groups had been allowed in and it was time to move on.

In that time, I fell in love with The Geographer.





Although his gaze is directed toward the window, he is not distracted by something he sees outside. His facial expression and his posture indicate that he has just arrived at some important insight following a phase of concentrated contemplation. Staedel Museum Frankfurt.

When I met the man who is now my husband, after knowing him indirectly for quite a few years, I recognized my geographer. Past life? or just plain love...I'm not sure, but I'm happy.

What's your favorite painting? and does it have a story?

6 comments:

Stacy A. said...

Maureen, that is a beautiful painting. I can see why you fell in love with it. I recognize his look as well. Unfortunately I haven't been exposed to a lot of fine art in my life until recently.

My husband and I have gone to the Wadsworth in Hartford a few times. I couldn't believe I was in the actual presence of some of the great paintings. I think they had van Gogh's Portrait of and Artist and Monet's water Lily's. Both of which I liked a lot. The had one though, it is huge...7'x7' or so. It is called "The Lady of Chalotte" I think, I could be wrong. There is this beautiful woman and her long hair basically frames the painting. We got a print for our living room. I love looking at it. I also enjoy the painting which is called something like The Fall of Icarus. There is a town in the fore ground that is very busy and un-noticing of a falling Icarus over the sea. So detailed and beautiful.

I am going to make an effort to become more learned about art as I do enjoy it. Great post Maureen, you have me thinking up a storm. Hope all is well. Next time Doug is gone for the night I am going to try those salmon cakes. A few months ago I had this salmon ceviche made using grape fruit. It is one of the most refreshing delicious things I have ever tasted. I was just reminded of that and thought I would share. Love Stacy

Moiface said...

It's always amazing to see fantastic works in person! Great topic selection!

Sasparilla Sue said...

I like Vermeer too. His proportions and light and shadows are so realistic it amazes me everytime I look at one of his paintings.

I have quite a few favorites. My favortie "pretty" painting is Spring by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. It's a painting of the rite of Spring in some ancient Greek city. It has amazing colors and is just really nice to look at.

I'm also a big fan of some of the more abstract art. Dali has been a favorite in the past but not so much lately. My absolute favorite painting, though, is a painting by an artist named Michael Caldwell called Across the Scottish Moors (I think...at the moment I appear to be having a brain fart...sorry). He was my art professor in college and the colors in this painting are intense and vibrant and beautiful. I haven't heard anything about him in years so I don't know what he's doing these days but if you ever get a chance to see his work (and if you like abstracts) go and see them, you won't be sorry.

Lisa said...

What a treat to be able to appreciate this piece in real life without too many people around.

Such a special story.

My favourite piece was painted by my Grandmother and is an abstract. I see different things every time I look at it.

.girl ferment. said...

such a lovely painting. great light and rendering of the angke of his face.
glad you saw it in person.
xx

Lilli boo said...

I really loved your story Maureen. The connection between your love for this painting and your husband is beautiful. A painting I would dearly love to see. I can't think off the top of my head which painting is my favourite I love so many for so many reasons, but that has certainly inspired a post for the future...

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