We first started out viewing the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit. There were statues made of bronze and marble. The two sculptures that stood out most to me were of two young girls. One statue was of a little Greek girl with a lovely face and long braids. The other statue was of a young Abyssian slave girl with tears rolling down her face. These statues were created from bronze and were made around the 1860s.
Next, we went into the main building where there were four levels of art. The museum was a lot larger than I thought it would be. It was very beautiful. The floors were pretty wooden floors that squeaked when you walked on them. The staircase was kind of circular around the outer edge of the building. It was stairs, but more like a ramp, so that wheelchairs and strollers could easily move from floor to floor. The high walls were white and the interior was very well lit.
My favorite of these paintings were by the French Impressionists which were located in the European Art section. There were some paintings by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renior, and Camille Pissarro. One of my favorite paintings was by Camille Pissarro. It was named “Snowscape with Cows at Montfoucault.” Pissarro is one of my mom’s favorite artists and surprisingly I can now see why she appreciates her work.
I saw one painting which really stirred up some emotion in me. The painting “The Funeral of Atala” by Girodet-Trioson depicted the sorrow and loss of a young man burying his love. The painting was oil on canvas and the colors were so bright and vivid. The painting truly was beautiful. It gave me a new respect for oil on canvas painting.
There were some amazing sculptures carved from marble. I loved the pretty white of the marble better than the bronze. It was so smooth and clean looking. There were two sculptures of Pocahontas and there was one of Cleopatra. There were also two really beautiful sculptures of little girls. They were in their nightgowns with some Christmas presents. They were very lovely.