I drove pajama-clad to the airport in the pre-dawn hours to pick up my wife who had taken the Red-eye from L.A., and so I am too groggy to write coherently. For example: The squirrel is not to the dog. See?
So, I will skip the audio portion of this program and just give you some nice photos to look at. Here is the firstThat’s a detail of a painting, An Angel, by Abbot H. Thayer (1849-1921). I guess he did lots of paintings like these. The Wikipedia article describes them as “idealized figures” of women “equipped with feathered angel wings.” Now, personally, if I were to list the attributes of my ideal woman, feathered wings would not be included, but we must allow Mr. Thayer his little quirks. Here is a photo that shows the scale of the painting. The woman in the foreground is fifteen feet tall:
The same Wikipedia article informs us that Mr. Thayer was a leading authority on the art of camouflage painting. He worked closely with the U.S. military, designing camouflage patterns for ships and for soldiers’ uniforms. The article doesn’t say whether or not the designs included feathered angel wings, but we can hope.
I was going to end the post there, but since we are all having such Mussorgsky-like fun wandering through the galleries, let’s stand about nine inches from a painting by Bastien-Lepage from 1881 called “The Wood Gatherer.” It shows an old guy in the woods, bent under the weight of the tree branches he’s gathered for… uh… tree branch soup, I guess. In the foreground his little granddaughter (the model for whom was the painter’s old guy’s actual granddaughter) gathers posies. Here’s a detail of the kid:
There now. My day is better and so is yours. For a look at the full painting — it’s big; about six feet square — try going to… let’s see now… ah! Try this link: WOOD GATHERER AND HIS GRANDKID.