Saturday, September 6, 2008

Monet to Picasso

I've always loved Monet and Van Gogh. I've enjoyed reading short stories and novels about artists and works of art. I've always enjoyed going to museums too. So, Labor Day weekend I went to go see Monet to Picasso at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts on the University of Utah campus.

So here I am writing this article to say, "Hurry and get down there before it's gone!!!!"

Seriously, it is a really great exhibit and the accompanying audio tour is very informative. I gained new insights and appreciation for the art that I already enjoyed and I gained a fresh perspective for Picasso, who I always thought had cool looking paintings, but I never really felt like I got much out of them. I loved one of the Picasso paintings from his blue period. I came away having enjoyed each work of art from beginning to end.

The exhibit covers the development of art from, well - Monet to Picasso, obviously. It includes some works from lesser know artists (at least to me), which were very beautiful, and it continued past Picasso to show artists who had a hand in art's development after Picasso. The exhibit also includes some sculpture; several by Rodin were featured. Right at the end of the of the exhibit there was a fascinating piece by DalĂ­.

It's well worth the trip down. So as soon as you're done with the Peach Days festivities, hurry up and get down there - 21 September is the last day, and it's coming faster than you think. And you, really, really don't want to miss it, trust me. I'm sure going to try to go again. (Below are a few related titles that may be of interest.)


Book Cover The Judgment of Paris: The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism
By King, Ross
2006/12 - Walker & Company
0802715168 CHECK CATALOG

From the author of the bestselling "Brunelleschi's Dome" and "Michelangelo & the Pope's Ceiling" comes the story of the artistic civil war that raged in Paris in the 1860s--the birth of Impressionism. ...More

Book Cover Gauguin
By Thomson, Belinda
1987/10 - Thames & Hudson
0500202206 CHECK CATALOG

Making extensive use of new research and material, Belinda Thomson's incisive text gives a comprehensive and accessible account of the life and work of one of the most original artists of the late nineteenth century. Gaugin's work--painting, sculpture, prints and ceramics--is discussed in the light of his public persona, his relations with his contemporaries, his exhibitions and their critical reception. ...More

Book Cover Vincent Van Gogh: A Self-Portrait in Art and Letters
By Suh, H. Anna
Gogh, Vincent Van
Pullen, Alayne
2006/10 - Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
1579125867 CHECK CATALOG

Throughout his life, "Vincent Van Gogh" (1853-1890) wrote hundreds of letters, many to his brother Theo. In "Vincent Van Gogh," these letters have been excerpted, newly translated, and set side-by-side with more than 250 of his drawings and paintings. ...More

Book Cover Lives of the Artists: Masterpieces, Messes (and What the Neighbors Thought
By Krull, Kathleen
Hewitt, Kathryn
1995/10 - Harcourt Children's Books
0152001034 CHECK CATALOG

CCBC Choices - 1995
In this entertaining, informative collection, readers discover the idiosyncrasies-sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic-of twenty famous artists, including Michelangelo, Cassatt, van Gogh, Kahlo, and Warhol. "Fresh, spirited, and unconventional."--Kirkus Reviews

Book Cover Picasso
By Venezia, Mike
Venezia, Mike
1988/09 - Children's Press (CT)
0516422715 CHECK CATALOG

Clever illustrations and story lines, together with full-color reproductions of actual paintings, give children a light yet realistic overview of each artist's life and style in these fun and educational books. ...More

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