Vincent & J

On Sunday, I met up with my sister and my niece on the island between us — Manhattan — to have a girl’s day and celebrate our birthdays. Theirs are in March and mine is tomorrow.

We wandered around the MoMA. There was something in every direction … even a flying fan. I had gone only once before, but most of the paintings I wanted to see where on a floor that was closed that day. It was completely renovated and re-opened in 2004.

I finally saw a Bonnard and got lost in the haze of his palette. When I’m not curing cancer and brokering peace around the globe, I find myself fascinated by his color choices — for example, what made him dab the brilliant yellow around the lip of the lavender-colored vase in the lower left??

J wanted to see her favorite painting — Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh. I had no idea that it was in the MoMA!

I saw many beautiful things Sunday, but not one of them was as beautiful as J.

1. Detail of Pierre Bonnard’s Dining Room Overlooking the Garden (The Breakfast Room). 1930-31. Oil on canvas. © 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

2. Intrepid photographer in front of Starry Night.


4 Responses to “Vincent & J”

  1. 1 andrea April 16, 2008 at 1:15 am

    Happy Birthday — and going to the MoMA would be a birthday treat of major proportions for me. Glad you had a good time.

  2. 2 susan April 18, 2008 at 12:04 am

    happy birthday dear moe. moma is such a wonderful place and bonnard has always been one of my all time favs.
    happiness in the coming year of wonderful changes for you!

  3. 3 susanna April 19, 2008 at 12:51 am

    Happy Birthday, Moe! Looks like you and your sister and J had a wonderful time at the MOMA. I would love to see Starry Night just see what Van Gogh’s brushstrokes are like up close. I hope you and your sweetie are having a FABULOUS Birthday weekend!

  4. 4 rubygirl76 April 20, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    oh, i hope you had a great birthday. it sounds like you had a lovely visit; i am looking forward to hanging out with you in the city!!!

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