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Author: AlisonWonderland Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 130  
Subject: Re: Smithsonian Renovation Date: 8/30/2006 10:01 AM
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I still love that Renoir,

About two years ago, there was an exhibit at the Corcoran called "Beyond the Frame" by J. Seward Johnson. Johnson, a (former) heir to JNJ, is a sculptor who has created three-dimensional, lifesize renditions of a number of Impressionist paintings. The Washington Post art critic thoroughly denounced the exhibit, but I thought it was wonderful. And it was great fun to "walk" into the paintings, rather than having to stand back gazing respectfully and reverentially. One of the renditions was "Luncheon of the Boating Party." There were other Renoirs, a couple of Van Goghs, and others. Below are a couple of links about Johnson and the exhibit.

http://www.tfaoi.com/aa/4aa/4aa87.htm
http://bigpicture.typepad.com/writing/2005/07/beyond_the_fram.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._Seward_Johnson,_Jr.

One of my favorites at the Phillips, in the living room maybe, is a small seascape by Eugene Boudin. It's a rather small painting, but somehow it conveys the feeling of being at the ocean, with all its air and spaciousness. As I look at it, I almost forget that I am in someone's former home and instead, remember how I feel when I'm at an uncrowded beach, perhaps off season.

Ever been to Auvers-sur-Oise?

No, and I don't know if it will ever happen, but your description sounds delightful.

~~ Alison
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