Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Saunders Fine Arts Photography - Joaquin Sorolla's "Vision of Spain"

Patrick Saunders with Joaquin Sorolla's "Visions of Spain" mural.

After Plein Air Richmond, Patrick Saunders had participated in nine plein air events already, and he was still less than halfway through the season. Fortunately, we had about a two-week break after Richmond before Plein Air Easton began, and we decided to make the most of it.

We packed the Smart car to bursting and headed to Washington, D.C., for visits to the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian, and then on to New York over the 4th of July weekend for visits to the Met, the Whitney, the MOMA, and the Hispanic Society of America. And, of course, we hit Lombardi's & Grimaldi's. Those are musts. We lived in New York for much of Patrick's years in advertising, and we still feel at home there. We especially enjoy spending time there now that we have the chance to really enjoy it together. 

Patrick chowing down at Lombardi's.
We packed a lot into our visits to both cities, but it wasn't hectic. The opportunity to see great art in person, and take strolls on the Brooklyn Bridge and through Central Park was just what we needed to recharge creatively. It's great to revisit art that you love. It's like spending time with an old friend. It's also wonderful to stumble upon something you've never seen before that takes your breath away. That happened to us at the Hispanic Society of America. We never visited this museum while we lived in New York because it was closed for renovations. Joaquin Sorolla's "Vision of Spain" panoramic mural returned to this museum in 2010, after a world tour, so we just missed it when we left New York. If you have the chance, it is absolutely worth the trip to see this panorama. We were truly floored.

Stevenson Memorial by Abbott Handerson Thayer and El Jaleo study by John Singer Sargent at the National Portrait Gallery.

Patrick loves the collie in Anders Zorn's "Mrs. Walter Rathbone Bacon" at the Met, and I can't get over the terrier in John Singer Sargent's "Miss Beatrice Townsend" at the National Portrait Gallery.

The amazing cat in Cecilia Beaux's "The Man with the Cat" at the National Portrait Gallery.

Thomas Dewing's "In the Garden" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Thomas Dewing's "American Receiving the Nine Muses" on Steinway & Sons Piano at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

John Singer Sargent's "Stable at Cuenca" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Henry Ossawa Tanner's "Flight into Egypt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Gorgeous day on the Brooklyn Bridge

Yes, of course we rode the Thunderbolt at Coney Island.

The Empire State Building on the 4th of July.

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