Monday, 23 April 2012

Central Park and Museum Mile

New York....Part II

The main reason for going to New York, as if we actually needed a reason, was to see 'The Steins Collect, Matisse, Picasso and the Parisian Avant-Garde',  now on exhibition at the Metropolitan.  So, straight off the plane, we hailed a cab and headed for the museum.  If there is one thing that doesn't agree with me, it's New York cabs.  I don't know.....I'm a cab girl at heart, but I just can't seem to keep motion sickness from grabbing me by the throat whenever I'm in a Yellow.  All this to say we had to get out several blocks from our destination and it worked out well.  Got to see Central Park and it's just gorgeous this time of year.  Delicate flowers and the light green colour of spring.

Flowering Trees in Central Park

We continued our walk admiring the "Museum Mile".  

Past the Guggenheim, the Jewish Museum, Museum of the City of New York, (and it broke our hearts to pass all these without so much as a quick visit), we finally arrived at the Metropolitan.

There were musicians playing in front, entertaining all the people sitting in the sun.

And what about the Stein Collection you ask?  It was FANTASTIC.  The Steins collected nothing but the best.  Picasso and Matisse were their favourites, but also Cezanne, Renoir and a slew of others.  It was almost too much.  We were overwhelmed by it all.  (I truly can't read Gertrude Stein except for her "commercial" books like the Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas.  But her Parisian circle of friends in the art world is the stuff dreams (and movies) are made of).

 27 rue de Fleurus

One of the things I enjoyed the most was a projection of the Steins' rue de Fleurus studio showing the room, to scale, and the art hanging on the walls during different periods.  (Us Stein fans appreciate that sort of thing).  Take a look for yourself at the Metropolitan's  Gallery Two

We also managed to take a peek at a few other gems, (i.e. Degas and Rembrandt), but my head was too full of Paris and the Lost Generation to truly appreciate anything else.


I'm glad I don't live in New York.  As much as I love it,  I'd never get anything of my own done - there's always too much going on.  Paris, on the other hand...... well, I'm willing to give it a try.


  1. Stella Papadopoulos4/23/2012

    Thanks for those photos, I havent been in ages-so your lovely photographs somehow bring me there...

  2. cesera cesera4/24/2012

    Dear  ,

    It is a wonderfull exhibition,"The Steins Collect;Matisse,Picasso,Cezanne and the Parisian Avant Garde" .

    And what a pleasure to see the portrait of Gertrude Stein by Riba-Rovira .Beside Tchelitchew and Balthus .
    And you have an interesting article in Appollo London Revew about .And also in Artes Magazine from San Francisco where the exhibition was before .
    And also the Preface Gertrude Stein wrote for his first exhibition in the Galerie Roquepine in Paris on 1945 .
    Where we can read Gertrude Stein writing Riba-Rovira "will go farther than Cezanne...will succeed in where Picasso failed...I am fascinated " by Riba-Rovira Gertrude Stein tells us .

    And you are you also fascinated indeed as Gertrude Stein ?

    But Gertrude Stein spoke also in this same document about Matisse and  Juan Gris .And we learn Riba-Rovira went each week in Gertrude Stein's saloon rue Christine .
    With Edward Burns and Carl Van Vechten we can know Riba-Rovira did others portraits of Gertrude Stein .

    But we do not know where they are ;and you do you know perhaps ?

    With this wonderful portrait we do not forget it is the last time Gertrude Stein sat for an artist who is Riba-Rovira .

    This exhibition presents us a world success with this last painting portrait before she died .

    Both ,it is one of the last text where she gives her last art vision .As a light over that exhibition now at the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York .

    Coming from San Francisco "Seeing five stories" to Washington and now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York for our pleasure .

    And the must is to see for the first time in the same place portraits by Picasso, Picabia, Riba-Rovira, Tall-Coat, Valloton .

    You have the translate of Gertrude Stein's Riba-Rovira Preface on english Gertrude Stein's page on Wikipedia and in the catalog of this exhibition you can see in first place the mention of this portrait .And also other pictures Gertrude Stein bought him .

    And you have another place where you can see now Riba-Rovira's works it is an exhibition in Valencia in Spain "Homenage a Gertrude Stein" by Riba-Rovira in Galleria Muro ,if you like art ...


  3. cesera cesera4/24/2012

    just some images more...


  4.  Hola Cesera,

    Thank you so much for the wonderful pictures by Riba-Rovira.  I don't know much about his relationship with Gertrude Stein except that he was supposed to have painted several portraits of her (as you say - it's mentioned in the 'The Letters of Gertrude Stein and Carl Van Vechten, 1913-1946' as a footnote).  It would be interesting to see these paintings if they still exist!  I'm very interested in this talented artist and wish I could visit Valencia to see the exhibition.  Again, thank you for all this information.  Now I have another artist to research and admire!

  5. Thank you Stella.  I was the photographer this trip so the photos aren't up to the usual quality :) but they get the idea across!  Hope you make it back to New York soon.  Such an exciting city!