Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Walking through a Picasso

There's nothing like modern art to make the world seem wild and strange again.

Today was our last day before Brooks' second job keeps him away for 12 hours a day, so we had breakfast at Teaism and paid a visit to the Phillips Collection (to which I had acquired free passes). They were between special exhibits, but the permanent collection was just the right size for a few hours' browsing.

The collection ranged from van Gogh and Renoir (the famous boating luncheon) to Kandinsky and Klee. We want this one for our living room wall above the red couch. Looking at it full size makes you feel like you're about to fall through the window into the vast blue.

Walking home from the Metro, I found myself looking at everything as if it were in a cubist or abstract painting. All the colors were louder, the angles more alarming, the juxtapositions more vivid. Try it for yourself! You'll see things you never saw before.


Brianna said...

Beautiful painting. :-)

Ben, Kyri & Rachelle said...

Ben came home with a Cubist-inspired elephant. I was so impressed that my 3-yr was learning to appreciate modern art when he tore off all the squares. Ah.... (Does that relate to your post at all?) -rlr