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Thursday, April 3. 2008
Sargent's The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit (1882). MFA, Boston.
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Saw a collection of Sargent's work at the Boston MFA a few years ago. I was taken by his work. Don't know what works they have in their regular collection but will find out soon. I have two passes from an event I photographed last year. I'm looking forward to it.
Had to refresh my memory; Madame X was in the show at Boston MFA but is housed at the MET usually (I think). It was a life size portrait of Virginie Avegno and it caused a scandal when he first painted it. It was a treat to see it.
You guys really support the underpainter. Sargeant was a master of technique, and also knew how to sneak in a guerilla message when he could get away with it. (Which was not often.) I see a statement on women's place in the world, at that time, in that painting.
Sure, he was the underpainter. He was prolific and made a good dollar, but for years after his death the art world treated him as if he'd been painting dogs playing poker. He just wasn't 'important' enough for the effete elite.
Mind you, I have nothing against dogs playing poker.
Just being an American was enough to depreciate a painter, right on up to the Pollock & then Warhol eras. The euro salon was for some reason the final arbiter -- because the east coast tastemakers made it (or allowed it to be) so. A Charles Russell or Frederick Remington could be successful but only as a genre artist -- a curiosity or novelty -- though almost no one has ever before or since painted big sky like Charles Russell.
he's up there with Rembrandt on barely-illumed objects in shadow, imho. great American painters: W Homer, JS Sargent, M Cassatt, JM Wistler, N Rockwell, the elder Wyeth, --?
Some years ago, I went to a Sargent exhibition in Denver. This exhibition contained a number of his landscapes and water colors. Sargent was a superb water colorist. As I was standing near one of his water colors of Venice, I noticed a familiar-looking man at my elbow, intently studying this work. It was Tony Bennett.
Later, one of the guards told me that Tony Bennett had been to the exhibition several times to study Sargent's water color technique.
I was very fortunate to see my favorite Sargent painting at this exhibition. An interior in Venice.
Tony Bennett is a pretty talented painter himself -- take a look --
BTW, Roger Kimball (yes that guy from the New Criterion) has an excellent discussion of this painting - The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit - in his art criticism book "The Rape of the Masters." He devotes an entire chapter to it.
Dear Buddy: two questions
#1 A number of years ago, I was reading the Letters to the Editor in the WSJ, print edition. There was a letter from Buddy Larsen, located in XXXXX Texas. Was that THE Buddy Larsen we all know and love?
#2 Did you get a new dog? My two girls are now over a year old. They have ripped wall paper off walls, chewed chair rungs, gnawed on kitchen cupboards and appliances, chewed sheet rock off walls, claimed my red linen wingback chairs in the kitchen (which are now covered in black lab hair, mud and drool). But, you know.....I can't imagine life without these two she-debils who are happily snoring at my feet as I type.
Lesley -- ha -- 'fraid so -- but i used to be a hard worker -- i made the mistake of selling a small biz before i had another venture espied -- dangerous to do for a graybeard -- so now i just write letters to editors -- so that was me no doubt. Re dogs -- yes, i did get two more --black labs like yourn -- i inherited them from my son, who got "too busy" to keep up with 'em. The one i lost that January was also an inherit, from a daughter whose town apt was "too small" for the dog. now my eldest daughter & hub are expecting my first grandkid in August, and eldest daughter is already having her 3 sibs "offer suggestions" to me about getting new (non-dog-hairy) carpet before the new baby can "safely visit". So i know from Lab slobber & damage -- it's about to cost me dear -- tho i'm already wondering, heck, just keep the new baby outside, what's the problem?
Buddy: congrats on the new grandchild!!! What joy!!!
Having had various black labs for almost 30 years, I do know the drill with new mothers. Heck, I was once one myself.
However, as you know having had four children, you are so careful with the first, and by the time that tag-ender comes along and is crawling on the floor, covered with black fur, and eating out of the dog dish, you think to yourself as the little one is gumming dog crunchies, "well, that's protein - and an great substitute for teething biscuits." And that boy is 17, healthy, 6'3" and still growing. Musta been the dog food.
When I had my first two, barely 18 months apart, it took me several frustrating hours to get us fed, dressed and ready to go. I remember being particularly harried one morning, already late for an appointment, and had just strapped my six-month-old baby in a little baby seat in preparation to take him out to the car. Suddenly, I looked over and he'd spit up all over his clean, darling baby outfit. And just as suddenly, my black lab licked the kid clean. Labs are so cool like that.
Yup, grandpa, afraid you're gonna have to spring for the new carpet and some dog gates until your daughter realizes that your dogs will be the best baby entertainers and baby cleaner-uppers that God has created. Nothing sweeter in life that watching a baby feed a dog Cheerios.
heh -- right you are about care of the first vs care of the last -- tail-end Charlene has had to just raise herself --- and has done as well as the others, save for some chronic skin lesions -- no just kidding --she's fine -- anyway, i think what i'll do is offer them half of the new-carpet cost to let us all just sit out in their car & chat whenever they come visit. life's a lets-make-a-deal proposition anyway, ain't it?
You don't fool me for one minute. By the time the summer rolls around, your house will be awash with high chairs, play pens, wind-up swings, toddler coupes, and every baby toy known to man. Oh, and new carpeting. ;-)
You see, I told you.
No one doesn't like Buddy Larsen.
Lesley's right and Roger's wrong, doo-dah, doo-dah, (repeat chorus)
I think the car visit is a great idea considering you maybe conceived mama-to-be at the drive-in. It's a circle of life kind of thing....
You could get four of those trays they hook on your winders at drive-in juke joints to use as tables. And when baby gets cranky you could just drive around til it falls asleep.
Have to agree with Lesley that watching a baby feed a big dog Cheerios is too sweet. Let the dogs in the car.
''Let the dogs in the car'' reminds me of that guy who stole a pig. The cops catch him speeding and as he's puloling over he quickly puts his jacket, hat and sunglasses on the pig. The cop comes up and asks their names--guy sez "I'm Gus Jones & this is my brother." Just then the pig goes "oink". The cop gives Gus a ticket and walks back to the cruiser shaking his head. He climbs in, looks over at his partner, and says "I've seen some ugly sonsabitches in my life but that Oink Jones takes the cake!"
Hate to be a downer, but a word of warning from a friend's unfortunate experience: No matter how gentle the Lab, don't let a little kid mess with the dog bowl. Their bowl is the only thing Labs get irrational about.
that's what i call a valuable factoid to file away for when need to recall it --
BD: I agree with you about food bowl possessiveness. I would never allow a child near a food bowl of either of my two young Labs.
My other Lab of fifteen years ago was such a gentle soul. My kids could take food out of her mouth, dress her up in doll clothes, and adorn her with funny hats. She wasn't much of a bird hunter, even though she was pure bred Kellogg. However, could that dog retrieve hamsters!!! The kids had hamsters which would regularly escape and she would find them all. She did gum a few baby hamsters to death, but it wasn't intentional. We didn't realize she had them in her mouth and, therefore, didn't say the give command fast enough.
I'll tell ya, if there was ever a season on hamsters, I had THE dog.