Saturday, October 11, 2008

A night at the Met

The Metropolitan Museum is open late on Friday and Saturday evenings, so we decided to spend the evening there last night. We ate a light dinner in the Balcony Cafe and listened to some live classical music--a string trio and piano. It's very special to sit inside the beautiful space, with the incredibly high ceilings and gorgeous, glowing archways.

(Full disclosure: not our photographs!)

Since we had limited time, we focused our attention on the Impressionists and also enjoyed walking among the sculptures.

We learned something interesting about this stunning Van Gogh painting of roses--they used to be pink and have faded over time. If you look closely, you can still see remnants of the original color ... but imagine how truly lovely that shade must have been against the green.

The sunflowers pictured here are beyond beautiful. Neither of us could remember seeing this painting before. The textures and colors are so rich, and the close-up view gives you a new window into such a simple object.
Seeing all the Van Gogh paintings has made us want to see the exhibit of his work at The Museum of Modern Art, called "Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night."

We also enjoyed a series of paintings by Camille Pissarro, of Le Jardin des Tuileries during various times of the year. Pictured here is winter.

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