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report from st. petersberg
Post #513 • April 8, 2005, 10:36 AM • 8 Comments
Necee Regis, artist, Boston Globe correspondent, longtime Miami Beach resident, awesome human being, and friend, just returned from Russia with shots of the Hermitage. Her report, in her words, follows.
Forgive me if the image quality isn't up to snuff. [I fixed the levels a bit but otherwise left them alone, for sort of a cinema verite look. - F.] In my ten days in Russia I had one day of sun. This was it in St. Petersburg. The city and the Hermitage are all spiffed up, after the city's recent 300 year anniversary festivities. Here are a few highlights from the collection. Though I somehow missed the Caravaggio, damn. Check out the scale of this thing and you'll see how that was possible in an afternoon visit.
The Winter Palace, circa 1764, in Palace Square.
Yes, that's snow on the ground, and the Russian flag above.
This is the Malachite Room. The Russians were inspired by the decorative style of Louis XIV. Although this scene shows a fair amount of visitors, this was considered "not crowded" by our guide. Avoid visiting in the summer months!
There was a special exhibit with the curious title "Futurism, Novocento, Abstract, 20th Century Art." It was a mishmash of stuff, all over the place in quality. But one corner had NINE Morandi's, each titled "Still Life," from the 1940's and 1950's. Here are five.
The rest of these are from the permanent collection. Matisse, Dishes and Fruit, 1901.
Matisse, The Red Room, 1908.
Matisse, Conversation, 1909-12.
Matisse, View of Collioure, 1905. I was particularly interested in this, since I was in Collioure in 2003.
Matisse, Girl with Tulips, 1910.
Picasso, Head of Woman, 1903.
Picasso, Absinthe Drinker, 1901.
Soutine, Self-Portrait, 1920-21.
I have no idea on the date of this, but there was an entire hallway painted floor to ceiling with charming creatures.
April 8, 2005, 7:36 PM
Wow, great (web) show! Thanks for posting these.
April 8, 2005, 7:59 PM
It's so nice to see artwork that we were not previously able to see because of the Iron Curtain. I hope that more countries around the world open up so we could have access to even more special art that the western world has not seen yet.
April 8, 2005, 9:21 PM
It's a minor point, but the decorative animal paintings are most likely 18th century, though they could be 19th.
April 8, 2005, 9:25 PM
The exquisite Morandis remind me of something he said, to the effect that there's nothing more abstract than reality.
April 9, 2005, 4:29 AM
Thanks Franklin, I needed that. You are right oldpro, Miami never has shows such as these.
April 9, 2005, 9:02 AM
Picasso... man, it took me some time and effort to stop painting like him. Still, every time I see his work. It is like reaching for candy.
April 9, 2005, 5:12 PM
University of Miami presents - Formula Six
Original art by six international artists
Live Jazz and poetry reading, food and wine
Vincente Fabre(Dominican Rep.)
Helen Lurye (Russia)
Stephen Okeke (Nigeria)
at John J.Koubek Center
2705 SW 3rd Street on SW 27th Ave (Little Havana)
After the opening the art work will be displayed at the galllery at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown Miami till May 31, 2005
April 8, 2005, 7:26 PM
Makes my mouth water.
There is more first-rate art in these photos than there is in the entire city of Miami.