Saturday, December 18, 2010

San Francisco and The Impressionists!

It was a rainy day, a foggy day, but that did not stand in our way of going out into it and having a good time. The promised storms were not so bad. The drive to San Francisco was pleasant enough. We picked up my brother on our way and ventured into the City.
click on photos to enlarge Arriving at the de Young Museum (the tall tower at the left top) having parked but a block away...where we visited the gift shops, looking for Robin, not finding her, and waiting for our turn at 10:30 a.m. to go into the exhibit. (Unfortunately, Robin and I did not firm up our meeting times well enough to make it happen this time, perhaps at a later date we will get to meet in person). And finally to go inside. I cannot express my feelings well enough to share how it felt to stand in a room full of Van Gogh's paintings; or to stand in front of Gauguin's Tahitian Women that towered over me in size with it's vibrant colors exploding off the wall. It felt like I was eavesdropping on a quiet moment between these two women...It was so much to take in. I thought Starry Night would have more swirls around it's stars...silly me. So many of the paintings were large and almost overwhelming in color and brush strokes. It made you want to go right home and draw and paint.
We were not allowed to take photos inside the exhibit so these are pictures from a magazine I brought home with me...poor quality paper, but at least gives you an idea of some of the paintings we did see.
Afterwards we stopped at the warming hut under the Golden Gate Bridge (seen in the top collage from a window) where I had hot/spicy chili, fresh squeezed orange juice, and a big round oatmeal cookie! We warmed up and found this to be a good celebration of my dear husband's birthday!


  1. What a wonderful day for all of you and a bummer you missed meeting Robin. I do know how you felt standing in front of those paintings as I have stood in front of many and the showing of Van Goghs in LA years ago. WONDERFUL!! I never appreciated the impressionists until I did get to see them in person. Its a HUGE difference then seeing them in books. It made me feel like going home and doing the same as you felt. I almost felt like I was right there as they painted them. Amazing..

  2. I have only seen one Van Gogh in person to my recollection, at the Yale art museum. and i will never forget it.

    sounds like a lovely day, boo hoo about Robin. Happy Day to DH.

  3. I'm so jealous!! I almost weep when I stand in front of any masters work. There are a couple of Homers and John Singer Sargeants here at the Rhode island School of Design Museum. They take my breath away! They let us photograph paintings that were from 1900 back. No flash though as they can fade the paintings.

    Lucky you, Happy B'day to DH...and yes, boo-hoo about not meeting Robin :(

    I know she's there on Sundays.

    Still, a wonderful day!!

  4. Boo-Hoo is too true! Next time (and there will be one), we will exchange cell phone numbers so we can coordinate! I am thrilled you enjoyed the is breathtaking, isn't it!!!!

    I love your collage...and - you captured the White Egret in the de Young pond! He has been "hanging out" there for a week or so!

    What a great way to celebrate your DH's birthday!

    Sending you all many, many hugs! We WILL meet in 2011!


    ♥ Robin ♥

  5. Sounds like a fantastic day out - inspirational all round. I am quite green...

  6. What a great way to celebrate your hubby's birthday. I wish I could see those paintings too. What an impression they would make.

  7. Oh man I LOVE all the Impressionists!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the look.

  8. Lucky you Lynn! I have seen some of these paintings years ago on a trip to Paris and they were amazing! The size is always surprising, since we only ever see them in books etc.

  9. wow, parking only a block away on a saturday is unbelievable...must have been the weather-mental note;)

    interesting what you said about them being so large...can't wait myself but right now, have to get just a little bit stronger to get around the place. xx, have a great holiday!

  10. Too bad you didn't meet Robin:(
    But the rest of your trip seems great!
    I also love SF! Such a nice city to be in.
    Glad you enjoyed your trip and happy Bday to your husband


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