Musical accompaniment Claude Debussy –
The Girl with the Flaxen Hair, La fille aux cheveux de lin
I decided it was time to break free of the last 3 week’s illness and actually get out for the day, do something fun, maybe even spoil myself. Besides which you must be getting sick of pictures of berries by now. My “plan” had me doing a full day trip out to the Olympic site and Planetarium, but a sleep-in after binge watching Season 3 of The 100 till 4am put paid to that. So I headed downtown for some French culture instead.
First stop was a bookshop near McGill to get a text for my Paris seminar – thankfully they had an English version. Armed with that, I headed up Sherbrooke to the Montreal Museum of Fine Art Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
Have to say I’m not sure I would have wanted to meet Monsieur Caudieux. However, when I was in Paris 20 years ago I didn’t go to Montmartre, so, note to self, go in September.Top 10 day: Montmartre I’m pinching myself
Having exhausted Henri’s posters – and I must say there were many and to my observation, many of the best – I moved out into the general collection. And I was impressed, not just by the art, but by the arrangement. Well done curators.
Love that waterfront
And having just finished The Thief Taker, set in London during the plague, I fell in love with this picture.
And every collection needs an 18th century still life, death, life…
The architecture was also really amazing. The collection is housed in four buildings, all carefully connected to allow amazing views and to flood the space with natural light. I probably wandered past less than half the collection. I will have to go back, but it was a pity about the coffee.