Visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art!

On my way home, my family and I decided to explore the Baltimore Museum of Art. It's a great museum with free admission, a very large collection of Matisse and a great amount of contemporary art.

Although it was a Thursday, the museum was quite crowded. This museum I really enjoyed exploring, because it had different sections and three floors.

This is the Pierced Rock, by Henri Matisse. My husband said I could do a similar composition in my layered style. I definitely agreed, saying it would be a good inspiration for a work. I love many of the frames in the gallery, they are just beautiful. Many are gold painted and probably original to many of the works.

Sometimes I find that you can only see so many European works and so many Impressionists, and only so many pop artists, so what really got me excited were two exhibits. The first is the Crazy Quilt Exhibition.

Without the use of flash, this image of the quilt does not have the same quality as it does in real life. They had seven quilts, all of equal quality and craftsmanship. The details of the stitches, the hand embroidered flowers and other details are incredible. Although the quilts were just patched, many of them seemed to have patterns in the quilt, or a beautiful border. I found these very fascinating because we studied quilts as a woman's art, from this time period, back in the fall. I believe my professor would be very excited to see these, if he had the chance.

This was a work part of the contemporary exhibit, on the third floor. This is Untitled by Stan Shellabarger, really it's the shuffle he made on his shoes. His process began with laying down layers of paint, then walking in this loop for four hours and repeating the process four or five times. All the works in this room were about process, and movement and the works were the results of the movement on the paper.

We also visited the Orianda House, also in Baltimore. It's a giant summer home, really a mansion, of one of the wealthy business man of Baltimore back in the late 1800s, early 1900s. The house is beautiful, and slowly being restored as funds are available. The grounds and surround area is a park, and some parts are used for Outward Bound. This is true front of the house.

Updates to come in the coming weeks about my trip. :)