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, 2011–January 8, 2012Milwaukee Art Museum
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.