My pictures are just a pale shadow of those works, though. The colors, the techniques, the scale, the subject matters, the overall FEEL-- overwhelming, incomparable and beyond description. Me so happy to be there.
|The Cardplayers, oil on canvas, 1890-1895, by Paul Cezanne.|
|Dancers Climbing a Staircase, oil on canvas, 1886-1890, by Edgar Degas.|
|A Box at the Theatre des Italiens, oil on canvas, 1875-1878, by Eva Gonzales.|
|Stadhouderskade or Going Fishing, pastel, watercolour and charcoal, 1898-1900, by Piet Modrian.|
Whenever I see or hear "Renoir", it reminds me of Duran Duran's '80s anthem The Reflex which goes "I sold the Renoir and the TV set..."
|Young Boy with a Cat, oil on canvas, 1868-1869, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir.|
|It took a monumental effort to resist tracing the brushstrokes with my fingers.|
There are other works in the exhibition which are not as famous, but no less stupendous.
|The Birth of Venus, oil on canvas, 1863, by Alexandre Cabanel.|
|The King's Daughter, oil on canvas, 1865-1866, by Sir Edward Burne-Jones.|
|The Young Girl and Death, oil on canvas, 1908, by Marianne Stokes.|
|The Harvest or Breton Landscape, oil on wood, 1888, by Emile Bernard.|
|War or The Cavalcade of Discord, oil on canvas, 1894, by Henri Rousseau.|
|Venus in Paphos, oil on canvas, 1852-1853, by Jean-Auguste Dominique.|
|Summer Night, oil on canvas, 1890, by Winslow Homer.|
Besides paintings, there were prints, photographs and all sorts of oeuvres-- hundreds and hundreds of pieces.
|The Last Task of the Day, black and coloured crayons on vellum paper, 1891, by Giovanni Segatini.|
|The Weaver's Workshop in Dinan (Brittany), charcoal on sepia paper, 1893, by Léon Lhermitte.|
But if I had to choose just one as my favorite (excluding Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh which is in a class of its own), it would be this lovely 125.5 x 91.5 cm oil painting by English artist Steer. Doesn't look like much, but I was totally blown away. I could have stared at it for hours.
|Young Woman on the Beach or Young Woman on the Jetty, oil on canvas, 1886-1888, by Philip Wilson Steer.|
Tips: Try to join the free guided tours. I just love listening to the museum docents' different points of view. My guide on the 11am tour on 9 December 2011 was an elegant Chinese lady in a Chanel jacket, who showed us a picture of a Mondrian-inspired dress by Yves Saint Laurent on her Blackberry. Afterwards, I rented the audio guide for S$3 and just took my time browsing... until they kicked me out at 6pm.
Note: The white dots on my photos are the museum's spotlights reflected on the glass. The little green rectangle is a reflection of the "Exit" sign.
Dreams & Reality: Masterpieces of Painting, Drawing & Photography from the Musée d'Orsay Paris runs from 26 October 2011 to 5 February 2012 at the National Museum of Singapore. The exhibition is open from 10am to 6pm everyday, except Saturdays from 10am to 8pm.