Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Saturday Well Spent

I hope you had a good weekend! My husband and I took advantage of the great weather and spent Saturday in Washington, DC, where we had the opportunity to see two great exhibits.

It 's always fun to spend time at the National Gallery of Art. We saw the Degas/Cassatt exhibit which was excellent. Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas were friends for forty years, first meeting in 1877 in Paris. They inspired, helped, and challenged one another. The exhibit is made up of art works Degas and Cassatt created during the course of their friendship.

The star of the exhibit is one of Mary Cassatt's paintings that Degas also worked on, Little Girl in a Blue Armchair, 1878.

Across the National Mall at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, we saw the work of James McNeill Whistler in the exhibit, An American in London: Whistler and the Thames. What was interesting about this exhibit was the influence of Japanese painting on Whistler's work. Also, Whistler lived in London for many years, and his paintings reflect the changes that London was going through with the the Industrial Revolution. 

One of Whistler's paintings featured in the exhibit, Wapping, 1860-1864.

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