The interesting thing about living with an art historian, if you are an artist, is the parallels, juxtapositions…the “pairs” that art historians see around them. All the time. Last night I got out the work I’ll be taking down to the Compass Gallery tomorrow to hang the new show (more about that later, no doubt) and I sort of “auditioned” the work in the parlor, posting this photo last night on Instagram.
This morning over coffee R suggested that the photo of last night reminded him of Jean Antoine Watteau’s 1720-21 painting called “The Sign Shop of Gersaint” ( in which, bottom left, the portrait of the recently deceased Louis XIV is being stowed away)
or maybe Samuel F.B. Morse’s “Gallery of the Louvre” from 1831-33
(Morse painted the images of the paintings at the Louvre but had to rush home so took it on the ship with the frames of the paintings not yet completed…work he could do in his studio back in America)…BTW Morse’s painting was not acclaimed (he wanted to charge $.25 admission for culture starved Americans to get themselves up to speed) so he abandoned painting and invented the telegraph instead…and, dear readers, THAT is a lot of information to have before you even get out of bed on a rainy February morning…