Les Bas-bleus


If you’re near New Haven, Connecticut, you might want to check out the Yale University Art Gallery. Recently, we went to an antique market near the university town that rather underwhelmed us. We salvaged the day with a trip to the art gallery.

imageFirst up were European prints from the Arthur Ross collection. I loved the Honoré Daumier series satirizing Les Bas-Bleus (lay bah bluh) or Bluestockings, female intellectuals and followers of George Sand (Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin) who were reviled as being bad wives and mothers. In the example above, the father drags his child from the room so the mother can write a treatise on the joy of motherhood.

imageThe permanent collection had several beautiful French works, like the one above, Portrait of Philippe-Grégoire Delaroche, the son of the artist Paul Delaroche.

imageRussian Ary Sheffer painted Napoleon’s Retreat from Russia, 1812. The desperation of the figures in the foreground is palpable.

imageI would agree to hang this beautiful seascape by Claude Monet, entitled Port-Domois, Belle-Isle, above my fireplace.

imageAnd this is the most beautiful Van Gogh I have ever seen, entitled Square Saint-Pierre, Paris. We certainly didn’t see anything this lovely at the antique market, but there’s always hope for the next time.

imageIntellectuelles (Bas-Bleus) et Femmes Socialistes, Daumier






About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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3 Responses to Les Bas-bleus

  1. These are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing…

  2. De rien! Thanks for stopping by so faithfully.

  3. Pingback: La grande finesse n’est pas celle qui s’aperçoi | One quality, the finest.

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