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Sunday, July 17, 2011

CHIHULY--THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

Chihuly-Through the Looking Glass is the current special exhibition at the Museum of Fine ArtsDale Chihuly (1941- ) revolutionized the art of blown glass, moving it into the realm of large-scale sculpture.  Chihuly is the most famous glass artist since Tiffany.  He is 70 years old and still active in his studio in Washington State.

Thank you, Diana, for taking many of the photos.





Mary-at the MFA-Chihuly-Through The Looking Glass 





Exhibition Highlights

This was my favorite: Neodymium Reeds on Logs-an ethereal work of varying lengths of long, slender, graceful glass in a delicate color of lavender/blue, which Chihuly named neodymium.







Persian Ceiling





Lime Green Icicle Tower



This glass sculpture was bought by the MFA and is now part of their permanent collection.



Chiostro di Sant'Apollonia Chandelier






Ikebana Boat...This is an amazing installation.  The boat seems to be floating on water and its reflection is so colorful.







Tabac Basket--This was another favorite piece of artistry with its delicate, graceful lines.






Chandelier...This chandelier was absolutely breathtaking!






Another Chandelier





Colorful Works
 










Woven Wall Pieces







For me no visit to the Museum of Fine Arts would be complete without revisiting the Impressionist Gallery.

Renoir's (1841-1919) famous Dance at Bougival-1882-1883 (MFA, Boston,  permanent collection)







Renoir's Dance in the City-1883 (Musée d'Orsay, Paris)





Dance in the Country-1883- (Musée d'Orsay)--Model is Aline Charigot, Renoir's future wife





Renoir's equally famous Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette-1876- (Musée d'Orsay, Paris)






Luncheon of the Boating Party-1880-1881- (Phillips Collection, Washington, DC)



Lady on the left holding her dog is Aline Charigot, Renoir's future wife.  Renoir included many of his friends in his paintings.





Chihuly-Through the Looking Glass-at the MFA

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