Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Features From The Toledo Museum of Art - PEOPLE #2

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Features From My Visit to: The Toledo Museum of Art - PEOPLE #2

TMA (Toledo Museum of Art) is one of my favorite places in Toledo, Ohio.  I first visited this beautiful museum when I was in high school in Canada.  I grew up in the Windsor area and I was privileged to go to a high school with an advanced art program.  We actually visited the TMA twice throughout my high school career.  I had no idea when I was a teenager that I would actually marry an American and then settle in the Toledo area!  I now visit my favorite museum once a year.

I will be featuring a few pieces from the TMA each month.

It's May and this month I will be featuring artwork that depicts outdoor life during enjoyable weather.

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“The Open Air Breakfast”

By William Merritt Chase (American, 1849-1916)

The art museum website has the best description about this painting - (the following is copied from TMA website):
Although at first glance this scene seems to capture a fleeting moment of casual backyard relaxation, on closer examination it more strongly resembles a carefully arranged still life painting. William Merritt Chase poses his young sister in a prominent, 17th-century Dutch-style black hat—possibly as a pun on her name, Hattie. His wife sits at the breakfast table, wearing a Chinese cap, the couple’s infant daughter beside her. Chase’s sister-in-law lounges in a hammock, while one of Chase’s beloved Russian wolfhounds naps by the fence. Objects are strategically placed throughout the yard—Chase’s own, in a fashionable section of Brooklyn—adding to the harmonious domestic atmosphere.

The Japanese screen, potted tropical plant, Dutch hat, and Chinese cap reflect Chase’s sophisticated tastes. His studio on Tenth Street in Manhattan was famously filled with such exotic objects and costumes, which often turned up in his Impressionist-inspired paintings.


Other TMA Posts:
GLASS#1 - Church Stained Glass
COUNTRY#1 - "Hazy Day on the Marshes"
COUNTRY#2 - "A Dutch Road"
PEOPLE#1 - "Rainy Day, Boston"
GLASS#2 - Tiffany Chandelier

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing. It is nice to see places I havwen't had the chance to visit myself yet.


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