Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Hammer Museum @ UCLA

After visiting the Westwood Village Memorial Park, I walked a block down Wilshire and crossed the street to visit the Hammer Museum at UCLA.  Admission is free on Thursdays, so I took full advantage of that.

There's The Thinker... and then there's this.

However, I came to see the Armand Hammer Collection, a permanent feature of the museum, which presumably doesn't include the above monstrosity.

Vincent Van Gogh's "The Sower" (1888)

Side note = the Los Angeles area has a disproportionate number of Van Gogh's paintings, scattered among at least four museums (the Hammer, the Getty, LACMA, and the Norton Simon).  I'm not talking about one painting per museum, either: the Hammer alone has three, the Getty four, LACMA at least two, and the Norton Simon EIGHT.  It's quite astonishing, actually.  Only New York City compares within North America.

Vincent Van Gogh's "Hospital at Saint-Remy" (1889)

Edgar Degas' "Theater Box" (1885)

Rembrandt's "Juno" (c. 1662-65)

Mary Cassatt's "Reine Lefebvre and Margot" (1902)

Emile Bernard's "Wheat Harvest" (1889)

John Singer Sargent's "Dr. Pozzi at Home" (1881)

Some info about the above artwork, which is surely the largest painting ever made depicting a gynecologist.

Honore Daumier's "The Lawyers" (1860)

Honore Daumier's celebrated caricature busts of members of the French parliament.

Honore Daumier's "Don Quixote and Sancho Panza" (1866-68)

Vincent Van Gogh's "Garden of the Rectory at Nuenen" (1885)

Goya's "El Pelele" (c. 1791)

Titian's "Portrait of a Man in Armor" (c. 1530)

Henri Fantin-Latour's "Portrait of Miss Edith Crowe" (1874)

Gustave Moreau's "Salome Dancing Before Herod" (1876)

Gustave Moreau's "King David" (1878)

Detail from Gustave Moreau's "King David"

Rembrandt's "Portrait of a Man Holding a Black Hat" (c. 1637)

Peter Paul Rubens' "Young Woman with Curly Hair" (c. 1618-20)

Alfred Stevens' "Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt" (1885)

Gilbert Stuart's "Portrait of George Frederick Nugent, Seventh Earl of Westmeath" (c. 1790-92)

The museum building itself is quite nice.

There's an open courtyard overlooked by the gallery walkways.

If I had more time, seeing Fol Chen would have been nice.  Ah well... had to make it to dinner with my brother-in-law in Little Armenia.

Coming up = a visit to the Watts Towers.  Stay tuned.

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