Monday, August 25, 2014

Catching Up

Earlier in August, I went on vacation with my husband to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. It is a lovely area and, while there, we visited The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. This is a beautiful, low-key museum in a lovely pastoral setting. They have an expansive collection of Impressionist works, as well as some more contemporary art.

These were some of my favorites:


Winslow Homer - "Farmyard Scene"


Pierre-Auguste Renoir - "Tama, The Japanese Dog"

     

Two Self Portraits by Renoir



Thomas Gainsborough - "Elizabeth and Thomas Linley"
(Teenagers were moody, even back then!)


Edouard Manet - "Me'ry Laurent Wearing a Small Toque"


Renoir - "Therese Berard"


And, finally, Mary Cassatt - "Woman With a Baby"

We also went to Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts, where we enjoyed two beautiful concerts on consecutive nights. 



The first concert was called "Tanglewood on Parade" and featured festive music by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, and the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra. The final piece, the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky, was performed by all three orchestras together, with cannons firing on the lawn and live fireworks as we walked to our cars. 

The second concert was an all-Brahms program in the beautiful Seiji Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood - very formal and intense, but so enjoyable!




Finally, as we made our way home, we stopped for lunch at our favorite Longfellow's Wayside Inn in Sudbury. It was our 37th anniversary and this is where we were married, at the Martha Mary chapel on the grounds of the Wayside Inn. Nice memories - we try to go there every year.




I have more to share, and will continue in another post. Meanwhile, I hope 
that you have been enjoying your August. Hard to believe that it's nearly over!!

Enjoy these summer days while they last!!

4 comments:

Simone said...

You have been doing some very cultural things Judy! I like the moody teenagers very much! The concerts sound wonderful and I do like the 1812 overture - I bet it was a very dramatic scene. Enjoy the rest of the month. x

outofagreatneed said...

Thank you so much for sharing your photos...what an amazing vacation. We visited the same area about a decade ago with the girls...so beautiful there. But we missed out on Tanglewood...it looks like a wonderful experience.

sharon said...

oh, I AM happy for you Judy and blessings on your anniversary! Funny that so many of your favorite paintings shown remind me of your work…
Oh to have been in the concert halls with you and Bill. Lovely, lovely.
Yes, where has the summer gone?

Anne Butera said...

What fun! I've been to the Clark Institute. It was lovely.

Glad you were able to take a restful, inspiring vacation.