As I mentioned before, CPT America and I spent a morning getting reacquainted with the art in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts this past weekend. And what struck me afresh was the number of “superstar” artists contained in their collection. I don’t know why, but I never expected Springfield, Massachusetts to have so many big names on display. When we first moved here, I was shocked – and grateful. It sure made art history lessons with the girls easier (and lots more fun). We’d read about a great artist, look at some of their work in a book, and then jump in the car to go see something of that artist’s in person. That wasn’t even an option for me growing up. In fact, the first time I saw a work by most of these artists (in person) was here – at the D’Amour. It’s truly a gift to have work by artists of this caliber so accessible. And, because I was reminded of all of this on Saturday, I decided to go through the D’Amour galleries and collect photos of all the superstar artists I spotted.
(And, by “superstar”, I mean artists most people have heard of even if they have no interest in art. Sort of like how I’ve heard of Lady Gaga, but wouldn’t recognize a song of hers if you played it for me. (Shhhh. Don’t tell the girls!))
So, anyway, here’s a virtual tour of some very major art that, if you live in the Sprinfield area, you can see too.
John Singer Sargent:
(I didn’t realize Sargent also painted landscapes. I knew him only for his portraits before spotting this).
(There are Tiffany windows elsewhere in the museums, and they’re amazing. At least one person even has one in her office. I was there. I saw it. I don’t know how she gets any work done, it has such Presence).
(Actually, I only know of Remington because the girls and I read through Mike Venezia’s “Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists” book series. But, I really like his work. It makes me think of my father and all the Westerns he used to watch.)
(Yes, the Picasso!!! There’s a Picasso in the Springfield Museums. This one is called La Poule and it’s one of CPT America’s all-time favorite paintings.)
Two works by Degas….
And Georgia O’Keeffe.
(I find this one particularly restful).
Finally, here is a work I just discovered this weekend – also by a big name.
Salvador Dali’s Fire! Fire! Fire!
It’s currently displayed in the Currier & Ives room along with dozens (seemingly) of other fire-themed Currier & Ives works. I only have a vague impression of them, though. I couldn’t stay in the room long. With all of the reds and yellows everywhere (all of the flames) it was kind of overwhelming. Definite sensory overload. But if you can stand up to those colors better than I, by all means, go have a look.
From the dining room table, wondering why color affects us so much…,