|'Camille on Her Deathbed' ~ Monet|
After the poetry reading session, there were precious 20 minutes to closing. We were given that time to roam about the gallery to view National Museum's 'Dreams and Reality: Masterpieces of Painting, Drawing and Photography from the Musée d'Orsay'. I took a very brisk walk around to grab a feel of the exhibition.
Prior to this evening, I dug out old notebooks of my visit to Musée d'Orsay and other similar exhibitions in other cities to refresh my memory of how they were curated. I wondered if I'd see my favorite paintings tonight. I wasn't disappointed. I'm definitely returning for a couple more visits just to linger over certain pieces.
The paintings have been most carefully curated to fall within several themes, and a good selection has been picked for the Singapore sojourn. Within these, I was most drawn to 'Solitude' where Monet's loving depiction of his 32-year old wife, Camille, on her deathbed, reminds us how fragile and transient life is. Then there's Marianne Stokes' 'The Young Girl and Death' which captivated me for a while. For some reason, I'm not familiar with her works. I suppose I've been too distracted by the various Pre-Raphaelite painters around that I haven't particularly noticed her paintings and styles that evolved.
I'm glad to see one painting by Gustave Doré- 'The Enigma'. Touted as the most tragic in a series of 3 allegorical paintings, it's one that I could view over and over again, and still discover new details and interpretation to it. My favorite Degas painting isn't here. But his 'Dancers Climbing a Staircase' is, classified under 'Leisure', providing insight into his signature horizontal format compositions as it seems to become a doorway into another world. Of course Van Gogh's 'Starry Night Over the Rhone' is given a place of prominence. Oddly, I didn't linger over that. I've stared at Van Gogh's artworks quite enough as he's the one artist we studied in earnest for post-Impressionism.
On the next visit, I shall hop into the museum shop to see if there're any lovely things to buy from this blockbuster exhibition. I'm a total sucker for museum shops anywhere else. It's not difficult to buy an item if I'm at Tate or V & A or MoMA. I'm not so sure about our museums. I don't recall having bought a single item.
|'The Young Girl and Death' ~ 'Marianne Stokes|