Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Kimbell

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I have been wanting to go to the Kimbell Art Museum for years now.  Why you  ask?  I’ve had the privilege of traveling to more than 30 countries.  I always like to visit the museums when I travel to experience the culture.  Some of my favorite museums are the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, the Imperial War Museum in London, the Vatican Museum in the Vatican City in Rome, and of course the Louvre in Paris.  After visiting all the great museums, why hadn’t visited this great museum in my own backyard?  So I put it on my freedom list.  And even better, the Kimball has the Impressionist Exhibit on right now.  Bonus!  Impressionist art is my all-time favorite kind of art.  On my first trip to Paris, I went to the Musee d’Orsay and fell in love with Impressionist art and have been a fan ever since.  Monet, Renoir, van Gogh are my favorites.  I don’t know what it is about it, but I just love it.

It’s awesome how God has shown used my freedom list to strengthen my friendships.  Many of my friends want to do the activities on my freedom list with me, which is totally awesome.  It’s so much better with a friend.  When talking about my freedom list with one of my good friends, Christina, she jumped at the chance to go the Kimball with me to see the Impressionism exhibit because it’s her favorite type of art too.  Can I get a woo-hoo?

So Christina and I went to the Kimbell today, along with the rest of Fort Worth it seemed.  Guess everyone else likes the Impressionists as well.  My impression of the Impressionist exhibit?  I loved it.  Now they didn’t have my favorite Impressionist paintings, but I discovered some new favorites, like Renoir’s Doges Palace in Venice and the Girl with Falcon.  I really wanted to find a print of that one in the gift shop, but of course they didn’t have it.  Bummer.  Christina had studied and taught an elective class on it, so it was cool to talk about the paintings together.  I even learned some new things, so thanks Christina!  It was interesting to see the progression of the early Impressionist art to the late Impressionist art.  There were definite differences, and it was fun to point them out.  It was also fun to try and guess the artist based on the composition and details before reading who the artist was.

Here is the Girl with Falcon by Renoir.  Isn’t it beautiful?  Love the colors!

Sadly, I couldn’t take any pictures of the Impressionist art since it’s a special exhibit.  Boo.  However, I was able to take pictures in the permanent exhibits, and some of them were Impressionist paintings.  One was even a Monet.  Luckily, I now know how to shoot in manual mode because flash photography was not allowed.

Check out some of the pictures I took from the permanent exhibits.  Can you guess who the artist was in the painting below?