Monet at the Memorial Art Gallery

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In the Second Floor Classics room at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY they had many famous artist’s works from all over the world including Claude Monet.  Claude Monet was a French Impressionist artist that lived from 1840-1926.  He studied the different light effects on smoke, fog and smoke on structures.  Here he is over in London, England painting the Waterloo Bridge in about 1903. Here in this view, he studied the foggy and obscured bridge in different light.  He made many many different views of this at different times of day and different levels of fog.

ISO 1250, F/4, 1/60 sec, 80 mm Lens

For more information see the link: Claude Monet

Fruit at the Memorial Art Gallery

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Here at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY there is all kinds of classical and modern art.  I took a lot of photos of classically painted fruit and I present a few of them here with some closeups:

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Asian Horse and Rider Sculpture at the Memorial Art Gallery

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As you leave the last room upstairs in the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY you see the Asian Art Room as I call it.  Here was an ancient Terra Cotta horse and rider.  I have found no information as to date and where it was made yet, but I love the shape of the horse with its high raised neck and running or jumping posture.

ISO 2500, F/8, 1/20 sec, 28 mm Lens

Pierre Bonnard at the Memorial Art Gallery

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At the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY in the classics gallery upstairs they have many great famous artists.  Here is a painting by Pierre Bonnard who was a French Post-Impressionist painter who lived from 1867-1947.  This painting is called “The Linen” 1909. It is an oil paint on paper laid down on board. He was influenced by Paul Gauguin’s belief that a painting should be a product of the imagination rather than a mere copy of nature so he often painted by memory.

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For more on this artist, see the link: Pierre Bonnard

Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii

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This statue of Nydia, the Blind Flower Girl of Pompeii, at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY was by Randolph Rogers 1859. It was one of the most popular sculptures in the 1800’s and was replicated over 167 times.  Nydia was a character from a popular book “Last days of Pompeii” from 1834 which was about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Nydia is trying to lead two companions out of Pompeii even though she is blind. This photo shows a closeup of her hand and how thin it is with the light shining right through it.

ISO 2500, F/4, 1/125 sec, 105 mm Lens

ISO 2000, F/13, 1/45 sec, 58 mm Lens

Paul Cézanne at the Memorial Art Gallery

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In the Classical Arts rooms upstairs at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY there are many many famous artists and among them was Paul Cézanne.  This oil Painting from 1878-1882 was entitled “The Bay of L’Estaque from the East“.  Paul Cézanne was a French Post Impressionist artist that lived from 1829-1906. His recognizable style used planes of colors, small dabs of paint and triangular or angular shapes across the canvas.

ISO 1250, F/4, 1/60 sec, 80 mm Lens

For more on this artist see the link: Paul Cézanne

Renoir at the Memorial Art Gallery

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In the Memorial Art Gallery, part of the University of Rochester, in Rochester, NY they have a few rooms of classic artist paintings in the upstairs wing.  Here is a glorious oil painting by the famous French Impressionist Pierre Auguste Renoir.  Renoir lived from 1841-1919.  In later years he developed Rheumatoid arthritis and it was during these years he painted this Landscape in Cagnes where he lived near the coast of the Mediterranean in South East France.

ISO 1250, F/4, 1/60 sec, 98 mm Lens

See this link for more on Auguste Renoir.

Potbellied Pre-Colombian Animals at the Memorial Art Gallery

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At the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY I like seeing the Pre-Colombian section where they have terra cotta animals from either Inca or Aztec times.  Many are dogs and cats with pot bellies and many had slits in the sides as they had smoke or incense coming out.

ISO 1250, F/4, 1/20 sec, 65 mm Lens

ISO 1250, F/4, 1/20 sec, 65 mm Lens

ISO 1250, F/4, 1/20 sec, 58 mm Lens

Panorama of the Memorial Art Gallery

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The older section of the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY houses all the ancient art such as from Rome and Egypt and the classic paintings from Rembrandt, Monet, and Cezanne.  It is a classically made building with a large central area that houses a 1700’s pipe organ that is functional and has concerts that are part of admissions to the museum frequently. Here is a panoramic view of the outside:

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Click on image to see a larger view please.

Enamel Ware Art at the Memorial Art Gallery

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In one of the rooms at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY there were many items from England and Germany from the 1500’s including this small chest that had gilded metal and enamel ware sides.  The children were posed on animals sparring. I would love to see the inside of this beautiful piece of art.

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This tiny medallion or coin like broach was nearby.  It had many layers of colored enamel and then gold leaf filigree on the edges.

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