Tuesday, June 21, 2011

How Well Do You Know Your Portraits?

Today I am just hanging out, sitting beneath some beautiful trees with the sunshine peeking out occasionally, here in the KOA in Plattekill, NY. Allan is off in the truck getting a new bolt for the harness that is in the gear shift area of the steering column (you can tell from that description, I haven't a clue what the trouble is). A mobile RV repairman came out this morning and fixed the short in short order (yes, this is what you get when I am left to my own devices... weak jokes). So hopefully when Allan returns, we will be good to go and everything will work as it should.

So in the meantime, I am amusing myself by looking at some of the art that we saw when we toured through the National Gallery in our capitol city.

We saw a lot of portraits at the National Gallery for the simple reason that the 19th century collection we saw was donated by Chester Dale who was a Wall Street businessman who amassed a fortune in bonds and purchased art both in France and also in America.

Much of that collection was in portraits because Maud Dale (Chester's wife) believed that portraits reflected the society in which they were painted and would give historical information to the viewers for all time. She was also the person to influence her husband into buying French art.

When the collection was given to the National Gallery, its total collection increased by a third. So I have five portraits for you to look at and five possible artists that could have painted them. The artist names are given in alphabetical order and the paintings are in no particular order other than how the blog allowed me to line them up. So those on the left can be A, B, and C from the top down and those on the right can be D and E from the top down. Answers to follow on a subsequent blog. No prizes for the correct answers and no cheating by using the internet. Email your answers to sharon.frey@gmail.com or leave a comment on this blog which will get forwarded to my email address. Have fun......

Pierre Bonnard, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Renoir

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