Thursday, September 10, 2009

National Museum of Women in the Arts

I have a lot of catching up to do with this blog. I'll start with our visit to the National Museum of Women in the Arts. I hadn't been there in years, and it was great to see it again. Just look how beautiful it is:

Pinkish marble and chandeliers set the stage for a feminine aesthetic. The museum is the only in the world dedicated exclusively to women artists. Its permanent collection hosts over 3,000 works by women artists, including a small Camille Claudel sculpture, an etching by Mary Cassatt, lithographs by Elizabeth Catlett, a portrait by Cecilia Beaux, and this wonderful self-portrait by Frida Khalo:

Self-Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky by Frida Kahlo, 1937 (above)

Historically, women artists didn't have the same education or opportunities as males, but nevertheless they created wonderful works of art. Strolling through the museum, you can gain insights about the female gaze, a distinct perspective.

p.s. note - In the car on the way home to Pittsburgh, we saw this rainbow:

Nature is a wonderful artist!


Альба said...

Замечательный блог! Не могла удержаться и опубликовала заметку про Вас!
(Wonderful blog! I could not resist, and published a note about you!)

beastmomma said...

Yes, nature is a wonderful artist. I went to the Museum last summer for the first time in years. We went on an off day because their was construction and set up for a special event. A lot of the museum was restricted.

Sonja said...

Альба - Thank you very much! I am honored!

Beastmomma - Funny you mention that - They were busily setting up tables for an event when we were there, too! It is a beautiful setting for a wedding or celebration.