Museum trip: Cassatt and the Feminine Ideal

20130129-111928.jpgJoin Painter Smurf and I as we journey to the Cleveland Museum of Art for the “Mary Cassatt and the Feminine Ideal” show!

My friend C and I made a quick trip to Cleveland to catch this exhibit right as it was exiting the museum. It was primarily pulled from the museum’s permanent collections, so the bonus? It was free! You have to love being able to drink in some fabulous art without having to spend any money!


We also took in a great exhibit that analyzed Picasso’s La Vie, including sketches leading up to and inspiring the main work. One of the things I love about CMA is that they usually will have iPad displays available that show you the work of art as it looks when it is exposed to ultraviolet light and x-rays. It’s so near to be able to see the pieces of art as the art restoration experts do!


Here are a few more shots from the regular exhibits at the museum:





And last but not least, we were completely surprised and awed by a travelling exhibit of William H. Johnson’s work. I had never heard of him before, but lovewhat I saw! So did Painter Smurf!

And I just couldn’t resist taking one last photo of Painter Smurf right by the gigantic banner for the WHJ exhibit. 🙂 objects at the museum are sometimes smaller than they appear! Can you even see Painter in the photo?


What about you? Been to any great exhibits lately? Please comment and share!

Museum trip: Manet


Last Friday I had the good fortune to be “kidnapped” by my good friend C. Our destination? An over 400-miles total road trip from where we are to the Toledo Museum of Art to view the traveling exhibit of collected works of Edouard Manet.

The details on this exhibit can be found here, and it was WONDERFUL!

While photography was not permitted in the exhibit, I can tell you that I saw 40 works by Manet which are normally housed in museums around the world, such as France, Germany and Denmark! We saw Manet’s portrait of Berthe Morisot in black lace (which I literally started crying when I saw it!) as well as a few of Victorine, his famed model for Olympia and Luncheon on the Grass, not to mention a family portrait of Claude Monet and his family in their garden. Sigh… Artistic bliss!

C and I spent well over 5 hours trolling the exhibits at the museum, and had such a great time just laughing, talking art, and indulging in so many great masterpieces of the art world. You never know what you’ll find at the museum! I encourage everyone to go explore your own local museums with a friend. It makes for a great day of wonderful memories and art, and who doesn’t want more of that? 🙂

Here is Painter Smurf, our unofficial mascot, waiting in line at the museum!

Showing his TMA Manet pride with his twin! (C has a Painter Smurf as well, and we usually bring them when we do artsy things so that we can take photos of where the Painter Smurfs have “travelled.” I think it will make for some fun discussions in my future art classroom!)

C LOVES Monet. So of course she wanted to stop and say hi to his Water Lilies. This one is a study for the twenty that eventually became Monet’s circular room paintings.

I was delighted to find an El Greco. I love his paintings.

Then there were some random other sculptures we found in the ancient galleries.



Hope you enjoyed this “visit” to the museum!