The Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is about 3 hours from our home, is only about 15 minutes from my sister Carol's house in southern New Jersey, and this weekend marked the end of a special exhibit of Van Gogh's "close-up" paintings.
Sarah has loved for Van Gogh for years - for a long time, her
bedroom was even decorated in a Van Gogh theme - and so when my sister
said she'd like to see the special showing, Sarah (and I) jumped at the
chance to go along!
Rocky. And I think I said no. Then you told me that there were movies about him and that he was a boxer that basically went through training and that he ran up the stairs and threw his arms up because he was proud."
Indeed, and Sarah did a great job posing like Rocky! (More on this at the end of today's post, so keep reading!)
The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny," an oil painting from 1899. I think everyone has seen this painting or others from the same series in some form, but seeing the original was an entirely different experience from seeing it as a print - the texture, the color... it's hard to explain but it really does make a huge difference in your appreciation of the work!
Georges Seurat. Sarah and I talked about how, in Impressionism, the individual "dots" don't necessarily create a picture on their own up close, but when you step back, you get the "impression" of the picture. I, by the way, originally liked a tighter crop of the picture of this work, but Sarah was adamant that we show it on its wood frame, "because it's important that it's on wood, not canvas." So. Here you go. (I'm tempted to show her the scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off where they look at another well-known Seurat work from various distances, but I can't get her hooked on that film just yet!)
After the Impressionists, we veered toward modern art. I'm the first to admit that some of it is kind of beyond me... I like my art to look like something I couldn't make myself in 5 minutes. Sorry. I know there's a lot more to it than that, but... a black canvas with a white line across it, well, I'm not going to spend hours enjoying it.
Sarah, though found something she ABSOLUTELY loved. I wish I had taken a picture.
She was fascinated by the Brillo Boxes by Andy Warhol. Yep, the boxes he painted painstakingly to look exactly like real boxes with BRILLO stamped on them. (You can see them and read more about them here.) Sarah is definitely a "realist," and so to see that he could make them look exactly like real boxes, well, she was super-impressed. At first she thought he painted them to look 3D and then I explained that, no, he took REAL wood, made it into REAL boxes, and painted them exactly like the other boxes. So she started sketching an Avon jewelry box that my mom had laying around and trying to figure out how to "make" it. That was pretty cool!
Next, we headed to the Van Gogh Up Close special exhibit. No photographs there - but I can say that surprisingly, my favorite paintings of Van Gogh's now are not any of his more "famous" ones; one that I really liked was this view of sunflower heads up close and this one of a single tree in the forest undergrowth. These, too, it's almost impossible to get a true impression of via an online photo; when you see it in person, it's got so much depth that it's just amazing!
Following the Van Gogh exhibit, we headed upstairs to ... arms and armor, at Sarah's request.
Sarah was VERY interested in Vikings earlier this year. Well, we found her an ACTUAL viking sword, the one at the left, which was from about 900 AD. It was pretty amazing - and Sarah loved seeing the other old swords too!
At the end of the day, we went back to Carol's house and met up with my niece, Colleen, and her daughters, who are younger than Sarah. Because I'm by far the family baby, we're kind of "off" a generation; my niece is actually just a few years older than me. Sarah loves her girls and is always glad to see them. (This photo, by the way, gave us a chance to look up what these girls actually "are" to Sarah - we thought maybe second cousins, but it turns out they're her first cousins once removed. Who knew?
So I said earlier that there was a follow-up to this day's experiences, which were awesome. On Monday, after we got home, we went to the library, and guess what they had for rent?
We rented it, and we watched it as a family last night. Sarah was into it - for lots of reasons - and when she saw Rocky run up the art museum steps during his training, it was amazing; her face just lit up! It made a neat cap to our museum experience.
Linking up today to the Homeschool Field Trip Blog Hop.