Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Visit to The Milwaukee Art Museum: Part 1 of 3

Have you been to see the Milwaukee Art Museum yet? I finally made it there for the first time in early September when Paige was home for a short visit before leaving for Hong Kong. 

Mark, Paige and I made the 90 minute drive from Waunakee. We had a great time. 

The Building was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava and was named "Best Design of 2001" by Time Magazine. The building itself is a work of art, and the location on the lake makes it that much more spectacular. 



I forgot my camera on my first visit, but last Friday I made the trip back with camera in hand. This time friend Robin went along. Robin had never seen a Monet, a Renoir, a Van Gogh, a Pissaro in person, so she was thrilled with the whole experience.

Here's a spectacular thing. Right now, included with the regular museum admission price, you can see the special impressionism exhibit: 

"The exhibition makes its premiere in Milwaukee, presenting more than one hundred drawings, watercolors, and pastels by many of the greatest artists in the history of Western European art—Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec. These artists created drawings independently of painting, as they sought to create an art that more accurately represented their times. In the process, the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists effectively elevated drawing in nineteenth-century France to a status equal with that of painting."

Robin loved the exhibit

Impressionism: Masterworks on PaperOctober 14, 2011January 8, 2012Milwaukee Art Museum

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No photos were allowed in the exhibit, but I took plenty of notes. Robin and I loved the exhibit. And, if you love oils on canvas as I do, you'll be glad for the opportunity to view some of those by the masters sprinkled here and there, too.

Next post: More of the Milwaukee Museum 

Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N. Art Museum DriveMilwaukeeWI 53202
Phone: 414-224-3200
Fax: 414-271-7588


The Prude said...

No, I haven't been there but now I want to go! I think I told you that in high school my French class went to the Chicago Art Museum to see a Monet exhibit.
It made a profound impact on me!
So, in addition to poetess extraordinaire, you could also write for a travel magazine!

Robin J. Steinweg said...

As you said, Lori, the building itself is a work of art. One stands at the window and looks out on the waves where God's breath is stirring up a foam.

As for the Impressionist exhibit, I was completely unprepared for the rush of emotion I experienced when I rounded the corner and came eye level with a sketch by Claude Monet. His own hand moved over that very piece of paper, and a woman came to life on it!

Thank you for sharing this.