Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

(American, Williamsburg, Indiana 1849–1916 New York City)

I love this painting of a Long Island beach.  It makes me want to buy a new umbrella!

Happy Fourth of July!  If Independence Day falling on a Wednesday kept you in the City this week, make the most of it by visiting the (somewhat) newly opened American Wing at the Met.  I went a few months ago with my boyfriend and we had a great time.  I couldn't find all of our favorite works online, but here are some!

(American, Schwäbisch Gmünd 1816–1868 Washington, D.C.)

This is now one of the most famous paintings in the collection and when you see it in person it is beyond impressive.  Apparently, when the Met originally received it (many years ago), they didn't even want it, because it took up too much space!

(American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
I love John Singer Sargent's portraits.


Woodwork and Wallpaper from the Great Hall of Van Rensselaer Manor House 
I also love period rooms!
(American, Canton, New York 1861–1909 Ridgefield, Connecticut)


If you are a guy or you're with a guy, chances are you'll spend a good amount of time in Gallery 765 - The West, 1860–1920.

In case you want to read up a little bit before you go (whenever that may be!), here is a NY Times article that I read before heading to the Wing, The Met Reimagines the American Story.

Hope your 4th is filled with burgers, fun and fireworks!  I myself am looking forward to a crab feast down in Maryland!

XOXO
Steph

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