Today was a great museum day. We started at the Musee d’Orsay in the morning and went through the special Picasso exhibit, learning about his early years. It was fascinating. I then wandered through the galleries finding all of my favorites and a few new ones that are pictured here. I enjoyed a cafe au lait and felt fulfilled when we left. We walked across the bridge near the Louvre and through Tuileries Garden to the Rue de Rivoli. By fate we walked out of the gate one block down from Cafe Angelina, so I introduced Betty, Diana and Maxine to one of my favorite places. We had a leisurely lunch capped off by their decadent hot chocolate for dessert.
From there we headed to the Pompidou Center to commune with some modern art. The Center is inelegant in design. For me it reads like a combination of a giant erector set, and the covered escalators on the outside of the building remind me of the tubes for hamsters to exercise and run in from the high-end hamster cages of my youth. But the art inside is magnifique!
I’ve always loved Kandinsky and got my fill there. While talking with Maxine and comparing him to other modern artists I talked about how much I liked his use of color - that is what attracts me to his work. Then I walk across the room and read a quote from his book “On the Spiritual in Art” - “The harmony of colors must be based on the principle of its corresponding effect on the human soul. This principle is here termed the principal of ‘inner necessity’ and it provides the key to his theory of abstraction.” It was a perfect match to my thoughts about his art. Or, perhaps my affection for him comes from my Russian roots. Whatever, it was a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
We had a light dinner at home when we returned around 8:00pm and then packed. Tomorrow it is Limoges or Bust to spend time with Betty and Pierre at their country home in the Dordogne.