Bouquets to Art


The annual Bouquets to Art exhibition at the De Young was a crowd pleaser and an eloquent pairing of floral artistry interpreting museum pieces. The flowers helped to provide a new dimension on and appreciation of a wide range of artwork, from classic paintings to three dimensional sculpture, Mayan gallery treasures, and signature Shaker furniture.

Botticelli to Braque

Friday at our local DeYoung Museum Exhibition from the Scottish National Gallery–an excellent array of the best including Impressionists. Scotland was at one time one of the wealthiest countries in the world, and this collection demonstrates its wealth and sophistication. I couldn’t resist taking pictures to capture the pieces for myself, so I thought I would share them. The exhibition will be shown until the end of May. If you are in the area, I highly recommend seeing it! The audio guide is also a worthwhile investment.
Below is a description of the Scottish painters from the exhibition.
Click on images to enlarge–these will enhance viewing and provide a better understanding of these exquisite paintings.

1. Allan Ramsay, Printer’s Wife
2. Portrait of Two Children, Van Dyck
3. Sir Joshua Reynolds, The Ladies Waldegrave, 1780
4. John Singer Sargent, Lady Agnew of Lochnaw,1892 (My favorite of the entire exhibition–a mesmerizing glare)

5. Sir Henry Raeburn, Colonel Altstadt MacDonnell, Glengarry Chief,1812 (Check out the regal kilt and purse here, that was preceded by pants!)
6. Sir Henry Raeburn, Rev. Robert Walker Skating on Duddington Loch, 1795
Other European painters from the National Gallery included:

7. Degas, Diego Martelli, 1879 Florentine Art critic
8. Monet, Poplars on the Epte, 1891
9. Seurat, La Luzerne St. Denis, 1884-85

10. Gauguin, Three Tahitians, 1899
11. Max Ernst, Young Girl showing the Head of her father 1927

12. Braque, The Candlestick, 1911
13. Vuillard, The Candlestick, 1900, (the artist lived with his mother who had a dressmaking and corset Shop)

IMG_5610To the left:
15. Kirchner, (member of die Brücke group, who wanted to form a bridge to the future)
Japanisches Theater 1909, from the Center Theater in Dresden. This is part of the German Expressionist movement shown at the MOMA in NYC earlier last month. I am teaching myself more about this and other periods of art history as I find examples and connect them to examples in prior exhibitions.

For a short video of Golden Gate Park from the top of the DeYoung Museum, go to