The Glorious Met

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I’ve written before about my love for art museums; long story short, I can (and often do) happily spend days wandering around art museums, soaking it all in. The Met, of course, is among the best of the best and so is naturally one of my favorite spots in the city, hordes of tourists notwithstanding.

On a drizzly Saturday over Memorial Day weekend, it occurred to me that the weather called for a museum day. And over to the Met I went, excited to revisit some of my favorite paintings. Since I’ll be here the whole summer, I decided not to pressure myself to see everything; rather, I focused on a handful of rooms from my favorite collection, 19th and early 20th century European paintings. I also popped into the Punk: Chaos to Couture special exhibit, but photographs were forbidden (though I did manage a covert iPhone snapshot).

Here are a few paintings that caught my eye this afternoon. I love so much of the Met’s collection, so it was hard to restrain myself and only take pictures of my very favorites. But I think these are them.

The Blind Man’s Meal by Pablo Picasso:

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Springtime by Pierre Auguste Cot and Mada Primavesi by Gustav Klimt:

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(I adore Klimt – I had seen a bunch of his paintings in Vienna, but I didn’t realize there were also some at the Met. It was a nice surprise to stumble upon this one)

The Massacre of the Innocents by Francois-Joseph Navez:

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A Matador by Edouard Manet:

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The Houses of Parliament by Claude Monet:

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(I love this painting because it’s simultaneously so Monet and yet quite different than typical Monet – nary a water lily or flower in sight. I love this scene – so ethereal and dreamy)

Dancers, Pink and Green by Edgar Degas and By the Seashore by Auguste Renoir:

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The Daughters of Catulle Mendes by Auguste Renoir:

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Water Lilies by Claude Monet:

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(Of course!)

Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde by Paul Signac:

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Wheat Field with Cypresses by Vincent van Gogh:

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And finally, this is possibly my favorite shot of the day, mostly because it captures exactly what the Met is like – a bunch of tourists, jostling for a shot of the most famous paintings.

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And even with all those people crowded around the most popular paintings, I still find the Met a peaceful place to explore. You can be sure I will be back, many many times.

The Details: The Metropolitan Museum of Art | 1000 5th Ave., New York, NY 10028 | 212.535.7710

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