Snowdapest: Szépművészeti Múzeum, második rész

hmNever saw one quite like this in another museum!

This is the second part (check out part 1), of an interesting collection. Hungary, once part of the Austria Hungary Empire, built this in it’s heyday, when it was being the Paris of Central Europe, and commemorating its thousand year anniversary. In perfect harmony it faces the House of Art across the way with Heroes Square the centerpiece.

John Constable Celebration in East Bergholt of the Peace Treaty of 1814John Constable’s Celebration in East Bergholt of the Peace Treaty of 1814
Certain painters, for me, are always a pleasure to see. For me, to see a little gem like this sketch by Constable reminds me of skies by Delacroix, or even better Sisley’s The Regattas Moseley. Constable did for landscape painting what Godard thought American scriptwriters did for film. Just as Turner begat Whistler.
 Eugène Delacroix An Arab Camp at Night
Eugène Delacroix An Arab Saddling his HorseEugène Delacroix’s An Arab Camp at Night (top) and An Arab Saddling his Horse (directly above)
Two Delacroix’s were ooh la lah. Just to see the little Delacroix, rather that the big monsters displayed in the Louvre. It is the small paintings that sometimes give us more info than those large historical paintings, which the real interesting stuff is in the sketches and preliminaries. The end result is supposed to knock us out, and it does. But like watching small bits of unedited filmwork, sometimes we get more of the intent. We get a taste of what the maestro was thinking. Look at those skies! And he is not a bad animal painter.
Camille Corot Lady with Daisies and A Pont Nuef2Camille Corot’s Lady with Daisies (left) and Souvenir of Coubron(right).
I love Corot, I photo his work whenever I can, luckily he is prolific. There is nothing like the silvery landscapes he gives us. The portrait though is a little scarey, it reminds me of some of my bad student work! She is definitely not the last girl you want to see in the bar at closing!
Thomas Coutoure The Bird-CatcherThomas Couture’s The Bird-Catcher
The work I have seen of his has always been well done portraits, generally large in scale. This wonderful 1859 landscape fits more into work done by Courbet about that period. Couture’s work, like that of Constable is wonderful to see here. Couture’s students included Édouard Manet, Henri Fantin-Latour, and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, William Morris Hunt and Mary Cassatt.
Eugène Boudin PortrieuxEugène Boudin’s Portrieux
What a happy day again to find a beautiful little Boudin. As the guy that got Monet to give up caricature for landscape painting, Boudin and early Monet are quite alike. He does these lovely skies and designs like Corot sometimes did, little groups of figures, especailly along beachfront.
Narcisse de la Peña LandscapeNarcisse de la Peña’s Landscape
This Barbizon painter also had an effect upon the early Impressionists. I always remember him being mentioned along with the Dutchman, Jongkind.
Camille Pissarro A Pont Nuef Eugène Carrière Maternity and Pierre Bonnard Grandmother with a ChildCamille Pissarro A Pont Nuef (left) Eugène Carrière Maternity (upper right) and Pierre Bonnard’s Grandmother with a Child (lower right).
Claude Monet Three Fishing Boats
Claude Monet Plum Trees in BlossomClaude Monet’s  Three Fishing Boats (top) and Plum Trees in Blossom (directly above).
Then, of course, there is the maestro. A Monet is a Monet is a Monet.
 monet restoration on gray2
monet restored paintingThe restored Claude Monet’s Breakwater at Trouville.
Constantin Muenier The Docker composite
Constantin Muenier THE PRODIGAL SONConstantin Muenier’s  The Docker (top) and The Prodigal Son (directly above).
The Guerilla Girls would have loved it here. For everything, there is only one boob, I can remember. That and this kind of embarrassing Muenier’s statue (directly above) which looks like maybe a great love story, until you realize it is dad and son, both strangely nude.
interior shots
What a great way to display those pesky Venetian murals (left)!
interior shots 3
One of the interior courtyards reminded me of the Brooklyn Museum, except in Brooklyn the courtyard was used for display.
I don’t know if it was the snow, but it is a wonderful, manageable collection. Makes a lot of sense, interesting to see in a pleasant housing, that of the old style heydays of the Austria-Hungary Empire. There are plenty of photos I botched including Van Dyke and Gauguin. It is a great afternoon and the housing is great, too. The staff is wonderful! There is also antiquery in the lower lever.
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One Response to “Snowdapest: Szépművészeti Múzeum, második rész”

  1. martín Says:

    Great post!

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