My daughter and I hung round the National Gallery yesterday afternoon.  Afterwards, we decided to walk up 6th street and mosey over to the Museum of American Art.  I haven’t been in that museum in probably twenty years.  Yesterday’s experience looking at some 19th century paintings was almost like seeing the works for the first time.  I must have seen this painting by Frederick Childe Hassam before, but I have no recollection of it.

It’s huge.

I was utterly bowled over. I think that Bonnard had prepared me to see this during the twenty years interim and suddenly I adored it.  What an amazing collection.  We have to go back early and often.  And I have a lot of rethinking to do about painting.


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