I did some sketching at the Metropolitan Museum of art today.

courbet drawings etcGuercino, Cot, Van LaerBarye sculptures

I have a few more pages of sketches, but I think by the end of the day, I was getting tired of drawing. I hadn’t gone to the art museum in a year, and i forgot how inspiring it can be. I mostly stayed in the European Art section. The Met is a hard museum to see in one day. I’ve done it, but it’s an art overdose.

So I made a couple of notes on pieces I liked and the artist who made them. There’s Antoine-Louis Barye, who made some very energetic animal sculptures. This is an artist I could learn from. Also Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi. I don’t typically like landscape paintings, but his painting “Red sunset on the Dnieper” was eye-catching. I also found it interesting how some paintings just attract people. Case in point “Springtime” by Pierre Augustin Cot. People just loved taking pictures of that painting. The painting description said that it was also very well received in its time and various replicas were made. In modern times, that picture would have been ripe for licensing.

Here are some other artists/paintings i liked: Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) , Pieter van Laer, called Il Bamboccio, Ernest Meissonier, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida.

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