The Shy Museumgoer

ART + HISTORY

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 add stories about some wonderful paintings….

  • Pissarro’s unforgettable conversation

    Pissarro’s unforgettable conversation

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

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  • Decoding the mysterious art of Paul Klee

    Decoding the mysterious art of Paul Klee

    Unlike Picasso, Paul Klee doesn’t suffer from being taken way too seriously, but maybe it’s time his compositions carried more weight. For openers, his Bauhaus lectures contain more than 1,200 pages of personal research on color, shape, and pattern that are among the most detailed in art — equalled only by the observations of Leonardo da Vinci.

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