The Shy Museumgoer


When we thoughtfully run our eyes over a great painting, we carry with us something we didn’t have before. We take with us the artist’s way of looking at the world. Why is this valuable? Because it increases our potential to see the world, and human experience, in different ways.

Thank you for spending time on this site. I promise to regularly post stories about some great paintings….

  • Alexandra Exter: One night in Kyiv

    Alexandra Exter: One night in Kyiv

    In her day, Ukrainian artist Alexandra Exter was one of the brightest stars in the European avant-garde. She was a personal friend of Picasso, Braque, and L├ęger. We know so much about them. Why do we know so little about her?

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  • Titian paints lust with eloquence

    Titian paints lust with eloquence

    In works of art, the Roman goddess Venus is depicted nude because she represents the lofty ideals of love and beauty. Not Titian’s Venus. She represents something more carnal.

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  • Pissarro’s unforgettable conversation

    Pissarro’s unforgettable conversation

    As the Prussian Army advanced on Paris, Camille Pissarro packed up his family’s belongings and shuttered their house in Louveciennes, a small town near the capital. It would be safer to move away than to stay. Here is the harrowing story behind his painting “The Conversation, Louveciennes.”

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