Tuesday was another wet fog type of day, perfect for visiting the art museum. We headed back across the golden gate bridge to the Legion of Honor where the collection is of mostly European Paintings. We were a few days too early for the new exhibit of Impressionists on Water, but we may go back on Saturday if we have time. In the meantime we started off in the courtyard in front of the museum where we practically had to wait in line to get our photo with The Thinker by Rodin. As a sculpture, it is massive and imposing. As a man, the thinker is fairly lumpy and thick. It is an original casting and I am glad to have been able to see it. Inside, the museum has a very large collection of many of his other pieces, both large and small. But what we really came for was the paintings.
There were several Monet paintings, a couple of Degas, and a sprinkling of numerous other Impressionists, Neo Impressionists, and very few post Impressionists. There was nothing by Gauguin for instance. Occupying the far back wall was one of Monet's Water Lilies. It was a lovely painting, I actually liked it better than the large wall sized water lily paintings that we have seen elsewhere. He used color, light, and atmosphere to blur perceptions of depth, with the light reflecting the clouds and sky overhead and also emanating from below.
By this time Allan and I had worked up a real appetite analyzing all these paintings, so we headed downstairs to the museum store and café. Allan had quiche (yes, real men do eat quiche!) and I had the pork sandwich with roasted tomatoes. This time we were determined to get photos.
Yesterday we drove to Bolinas via Stimson Beach. Hwy 1 was a very twisty road, definitely not suitable for large rigs, but it only took about 40 minutes to get there.