We are nearing the end of our tour of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida. The museum is on the edge of the grounds of the Ringling Circus Museum, but it holds no Circus Art. That is all in the Ringling Circus buildings on the other side. Here in the John and Mable Ringling Museum is all traditional and modern art from all over the world and from ancient to modern times. It is a vast and remarkable collection.
Here in one wing was a large wall of art displayed in close fashion with each painting almost touching the other. This was the display method back in castles in olden times and in European museums way back. It is just an example of how things were displayed and today appears crowded with no space for placards telling of each painting.
I was stunned to see an original Millet (Jean-Francois Millet) painting right there at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The famous oil painting is called “The Sower” about 1850. It was considered a radical work of art at the time depicting workers and everyday life. Millet depicted the French peasant as a heroic figure.
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Vincent van Gogh and many other artists were in awe of Millet and copied his figure in their work such as the Sower by van Gogh below:
At the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania they had several nice oil paintings by Camille Pissarro. This first one is called “The Great Bridge, Rouen (Le grand pont, Rouen)“1896, Danish born, 1830-1903. Camille Pissarro was an Impressionist that painted this industrial scene with it being one of 47 paintings he did in Rouen. He shows the newly built 1885 bridge with its flowing traffic, billowing smoke from the smokestacks and laborers on the riverbank. He openly lamented the blight of development and big industry.
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“Street in Pontoise (Rue de Beaujour, Pontoise), 1872″ On this street in Pontoise, Pissarro used lavender in the clouds and shadows. He uses other colorful tones to replicate the optical effects known to be used by Impressionists.
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I was surprised to see two of the most famous Paul Gauguin paintings in the world in one room at the Albright-Knox Museum of Art in Buffalo, NY. The first was “The Yellow Christ”. For more on this painting go to: The Yellow Christ
The other painting was called “The Spirit of the Dead Watching”. You can find out more here at this link: Paul Gauguin: