Attention fellow art lovers! If you want to kill two birds with one stone, visit the storied borough of Brooklyn and head over to the world-class Brooklyn Museum, now featuring a spectacular collection of John Singer Sargent’s (1856-1925) watercolors. You can almost feel the motion of the gondoliers in his depictions of the Venice canals and you sense the heat of the sun beating down in the marble quarries of Carrera. He transports you to the Swiss Alps and the Boboli Gardens of Florence and on to a Corfu cottage in Greece. I spent a good two hours admiring the galleries with my friend Ritta, who studies art and works in watercolors and whose artistic sensibilities helped me to appreciate the medium even more. You can catch this exhibit through July 28, 2013.
The photo is of one of Rodin’s “Burghers of Calais,” that greeted us as we entered the glass entrance pavilion on Eastern Parkway. I had to double-take since that very sculpture in its entirety caught my eye at the Metropolitan Museum of Art three years ago (see blog post from 1/5/10.) Here, four of the “Burghers” were separated and free-standing, but were every bit as dramatic as they are in the Met’s American Wing.
By the time we completed the exhibit, the skies had turned gray as a prelude to the giant downpour we had on Friday. It just wasn’t conducive to a stroll through the Brooklyn Botanical Garden next door, so we’ll save it for another day.
*A nod to the refrain in “I and Love and You,” by the Avett Brothers.