Sunday, November 8, 2015

Dayton Art Institute - Part 2

Continuing with our tour of the Dayton Art Institute with pieces that most caught my attention.

High Noon - 1949
Edward Hopper

 I knew this painter before I looked. Doesn't it have something of the style of Nighthawks? This was clearly Hopper to me, even from across the room. I saw Nighthawks at the Art Institute of Chicago some years ago and was mightily impressed by it. So, too, this one. Simplicity and straight lines seem to appeal to me.

Life About Me - 1951
Robert Brackman

Called "social realism", Brackman chronicled "the life and working conditions of the humbler class". A Russian immigrant, Brackman came to the United States at an early age. This painting is "organized into sections based on the stages of life".

 In a small area between rooms, Tiffany items are grouped behind glass. This dragonfly lamp (close-up below) is exquisite in its detail and workmanship.

Landscape - 1919
Soren Emil Carlsen

Early Morning Calm - 1901
Childe Hassam

 This is a close-up of a small area at the bottom left of the painting. The varied colors and dabs of paint are a good illustration of how an Impressionist creates his scene.

Portrait of a Woman - 1872
Mary Cassatt

Scene in Yosemite Valley - c. 1864-1874
Albert Bierstadt

Landscape - 1880-1883
Edward Edmondson Jr.

 I believe this maple leaf is also by Edmondson. It's striking in its simplicity and its timeliness on the day of our visit.

 When we entered the DAI, I asked one of the attendants whether there was a best place to start. She said each room is complete in and of itself. Tom and I entered to the right which meant that we began with contemporary art and began walking back in time. As you view these posts, note that the dates (as a group) generally regress.

... now, continue with Dayton Art Institute - Part 3

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