Looking with Some Jealousy Towards London- This Current Show At the National Gallery Looks Great

I read about this exhibition, Painters' Paintings: From Freud to Van Dyck, in last week’s Economist, and it looks fascinating.

Explore the connections between painters and the paintings they possessed in an exhibition spanning over five hundred years of art history

‘Painters’ Paintings’ takes its inspiration from works in the National Gallery Collection once owned by painters, revealing the private acquisitions of Freud, Matisse, Degas, Leighton, Watts, Lawrence, Reynolds, and Van Dyck.

The exhibition investigates why these painters acquired other painters’ works – for artistic inspiration, to support fellow artists, as status symbols, as investments, even out of obsession.

It also considers the fascinating relations painters had with the paintings they possessed, and what happened when their acquisitions entered public collections.

‘Painters’ Paintings’ features more than eighty works spanning over five hundred years of art history, from Freud’s 2002 ‘Self Portrait: Reflection’ to Bellini’s Agony in the Garden of about 1465.

About half of the works are exceptional loans from public and private collections, including Cézanne’s ‘Three Bathers’ once owned by Matisse, Sisley’s ‘The Flood. Banks of the Seine, Bougival’ once owned by Degas, and Gainsborough’s ‘Girl with Pigs’ once owned by Reynolds

Each painting offers a unique insight into the private worlds of these celebrated masters.

It runs until September 4 and I’m definitely contemplating making it over there to see the show. The lower Pound will be nice as well. When I was there last time it was something like $1.65.

Anyway, if you’re there or are going to be there, it looks like something to check out.

Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

I visited the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site today. It’s well worth the trip if you’re at all interested in Olmsted himself (he was the designer of Central Park, Prospect Park, Boston’s Emerald Necklace and countless other beautiful landscapes across America) or landscape architecture in general. The (free!) tour was very interesting and covers the interior and exterior of the site.

If you’re really interested, you can also check out their archives on flickr. 90,000 images from the archive!

At the Olmsted Hour At the Olmsted Hour

At the Olmsted Hour