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.
First 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.
The permanent collection had several beautiful French works, like the one above, Portrait of Philippe-Grégoire Delaroche, the son of the artist Paul Delaroche.
Russian Ary Sheffer painted Napoleon’s Retreat from Russia, 1812. The desperation of the figures in the foreground is palpable.
I would agree to hang this beautiful seascape by Claude Monet, entitled Port-Domois, Belle-Isle, above my fireplace.
And 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.