Here she is showing off a huge Alexander Calder outside of the museum.
|Young Woman and her Suitors, Alexander Calder (scale model is Ella)|
The Diego Rivera murals were astounding. I could have spent all day sitting there looking at them. The Detroit Industry fresco cycle was painted by Rivera in 1932-33. I highly recommend a visit to see the frescoes which fill a huge indoor courtyard in the museum.
|portion of the north wall murals, Diego Rivera|
|Detroit Industry, detail|
In the Denver International Airport on my way to Detroit, I picked up a copy of Van Gogh: The Life by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith. I have been eyeing this book for awhile and of course had to buy the 900+ page, 2 pound tome when I was traveling light. I was forced to carry it for the rest of the trip as it wouldn't fit in my tiny carry-on bag. The book is fantastic and I haven't regretted the extra muscles I built carrying it.
Here is a photo of the cover.
While I was in the Detroit Institute of Arts Museum, I wanted to see some Van Goghs. Imagine my surprise when I walked around the corner and saw a Van Gogh which I thought was the one on the cover. You'd think after carrying around that pile of paper for 4 days I would know which Vincent self-portrait was on the book, but upon review of the photos, they are clearly two different portraits. Nevertheless, it was thrilling to be able to see some actual Van Goghs. I have spent much of my life in rural areas that, I realize now, have had a serious lack of modern art museums. It may be time to start on that bucket list of art museums.
Ella agreed to model in front of the self-portrait though she gave her mother and I a collective heart attack by coming a bit too close to the paintings. Somehow "that painting is completely indescribably expensive" doesn't really mean anything when you're 9. Fortunately.
|Vincent Van Gogh self portrait (blurred) and Ella|