Friday, April 19, 2013

The Great Music Writer Ann Powers, Nick Drake's Voice, and the Big-Eyed Shepherd Girl at the Frye

Posted by on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Ann Powers begins, "It was in Seattle's Frye Art Museum that I first found endless love with a work of art."

Here she is, Ann's first art love, this little girl who "more educated art lovers would have considered utterly sentimental." Who was yours?

William Bouguereau, 1881.
  • Courtesy Frye Art Museum
  • William Bouguereau, 1881.


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alpha unicorn 10
"And your eyes, your eyes, your eyes, they tell me how much you care, ooh yes, you will always be, my endless love" Lionel Richie
Posted by alpha unicorn on April 21, 2013 at 10:12 AM · Report this
The Accidental Theologist 9
It was endless love for a year or two, which is how endless love is when you're 14 or 15: Modigliani's women. Now they make me think of anime art. I still like his etiolated sculptures, though.
Posted by The Accidental Theologist on April 20, 2013 at 9:08 AM · Report this
ingopixel 8
When I was 14 I saw Picasso's Blue Guitarist at the Art Institute of Chicago and it cracked my brain open. I'm not a Picasso fan anymore but the experience will stay with me forever.
Posted by ingopixel on April 19, 2013 at 5:46 PM · Report this
My mom had purchased a lifetime family membership to the Art Institute of Chicago on the birth of her first child, for the princely sum of $100 1946 dollars. It Was a Simpler Time, so I occasionally took the el downtown and wandered all over by myself. Probably something pretty modern, like one of their giant Louise Nevelson sculptures or Georgia O'Keefe paintings.
Posted by LMcGuff on April 19, 2013 at 3:04 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 6
I've always liked the works of Thomas Hart Benton. No specifics come to mind, but I grew up in Missouri, where his stuff was everywhere.
Posted by MacCrocodile on April 19, 2013 at 2:51 PM · Report this
Frida Kahlo's The Suicide of Dorothy Hale. I wish I had time to go to the museum every day like I did 15 years ago.
Posted by Superjivus on April 19, 2013 at 2:21 PM · Report this
neighbor kid had a huge Christinas world print in the living room. As an adult the sntimentality was too sticky to appreciate until recently. now I feel like it's part of me.
Posted by ry coolage on April 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM · Report this
J. Lasser 3
Charles Demuth's "I Saw the Figure Five in Gold" at the Metropolitan in NY.…
Posted by J. Lasser on April 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM · Report this
That's funny. I also loved Bougeureau from the time I first saw his work in my mid 20s (a print from the Denver Art Museum hangs on the wall behind me). I toured a fantastic exhibit called "The Birth of Impressionism" at the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, led by a Vanderbilt art historian. She explained that Bougeureau and artists like him were derided by their peers for sticking to the passe style of neo-classicism during this time of wild experimentation, even though he was far more successful than they (monetarily, anyway). He was, she explained, "the Thomas Kincaide of his time".

Ha! I still love my little French girls, though.
Posted by Christy O on April 19, 2013 at 1:51 PM · Report this
Necktieknot 1
Three or four Canalettos (Canaletti?) that I saw in the Philadelphia Art Museum as a child. I loved the detail and intricacy.
Posted by Necktieknot on April 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM · Report this

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