The good gray guardians of art
Patrol the halls on spongy shoes,
Impartially protective, though
Perhaps suspicious of Toulouse.
Here dozes one against the wall,
Disposed upon a funeral chair.
A Degas dancer pirouettes
Upon the parting of his hair.
See how she spins! The grace is there,
But strain as well is plain to see.
Degas loved the two together:
Beauty joined to energy.
Edgar Degas purchased once
A fine El Greco, which he kept
Against the wall beside his bed
To hang his pants on while he slept.
Recently, Joe and I traveled to Chicago, and while we were there, we visited the Art Institute, which was amazing. I did these sketches of some of the folks we saw at the museum while we were there: I'm so out of practice painting that I may try to do a bunch more, since they're fun and just a good exercise. (These are on Yupo. What WAS I thinking!)
(With many apologies to Rick Tulka!)
"A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world." (--Edmond de Goncourt)