We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Met the pupette in NYC yesterday to take her to brunch and to take her to look at some Kandinsky at the Guggenheim. Clever of those Guggenheims to buy so many Kandinskys before he became too well-known, but you have to figger they got rich by being perceptive.
Readers know that I am a Kandinsky fan.
Mrs. BD wanted to get lunch first at the Viennese cafe, Cafe Sabarsky, in the Neue Gallery up the street. Having been in Vienna last summer, I can say that it sure feels like Vienna in there. Wonderful. Gallery worth visiting too.
A few more pics below -
The Neue Gallery is in Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt lll's old house. Nice house, right on 5th Ave. I'd live in it, if I could afford the servants.
We had Viennese coffee, and could not resist the bratwurst. We passed on their incredible Viennese desserts because we wanted to stay awake.
My distant relative, the surrealist/symbolist painter and printmaker, Henri Goetz, lived in Paris after moving there in 1930 from the US. He became a friend of Kandinsky. In his diary, which is online and in both French and English, Henri commented, "I admired Kandinsky greatly. A very composed man... His welcoming manner and open mind paid no heed to my youth or my anonymity as a painter. He died at the end of the War and at the time his widow, knowing of my high esteem for her husband and also of my artistic gifts, called upon me to retouch the tiny flaws which his works had developed as a result of their enforced evacuation under the occupation. I set myself up in his studio, and using his paints, his brushes and his pots, I lived out my dream of being him for a few days."
Henri was also a member of the Resistance and forced to flee Paris for a time. He invented, for and with Pablo Picasso, oil pastels which are still manufactured by the same company, Sennelier of Paris.