Friday, 22 June 2018


Max Liebermann's wonderful Parrot Man is only still in Den Haag's Gemeente Museum because I couldn't quite work out how to get it out of the exhibition without someone objecting. And they were selling an excellent poster of it in the shop downstairs which did look rather easier to bring home on the train. I would have lugged them all home given a chance … certainly the Anton Mauve one of the rather exasperated farmer's wife looking at the lamb … you can see her thinking, "There's not enough wool on that for a pair of socks and it's eating for three."

Having sat so long sitting staring at the paintings in the Summer Impressionist  exhibition that a passing attendant asked me if I was alright, I went down and ate an enormous Brie sandwich with sweet peanuts in it ( I don't know why they'd been added, they really weren't a good idea so I fished them out… but the coffee was good ). 
Then I went back upstairs to the Art Nouveau exhibition on the other side of the landing. And found more rooms full of things, every one of which I needed, really needed. 

I mean, if I needed one I could probably knit myself a tea cosy. I've certainly got enough odd bits of wool to knit ten tea cosies … but none would be quite as pretty as Berthe Bake's .

I took masses of photos which I seem to be working out how to load but it's still all a bit hit and miss so do look at the museum's website. There's masses of pretty things and quite a few that you wouldn't give house room to. It's rather like windowshopping.

 Meanwhile, there's an Escher exhibition to see, here. 
Next week.

Summer Exhibition


Joanne Noragon said...

I am so fortunate to live in a very small space, and be Irish: May your troubles neglect you. But you do have exquisite taste.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Your lamb caption made me laugh! And I love Escher so I'm envious that you'll see the next exhibit.

gz said...

I like the lamb picture!..
A luxury to be able to sit and study a painting or object and not be herded along.

Around My Kitchen Table said...

Like your choice of exhibits. I could definitely live with the lamb picture and the tea cosy!

Jenny Woolf said...

I never found anything in Amsterdam half as interesting looking as this museum, and it reminds me that there were several other very interesting things in the Hague when I visited a few years ago. I always intended to return and look at them, (although I must admit I also think that about many other places!)

Guillaume said...

Thank you for commenting on my blog! How did you find it?

Never been to this museum, it seems like my kind of place.

A Cuban In London said...

I love Escher so I am feeling a tad bit jealous. :-)

Greetings from London.

Liz Hinds said...

I don't usually find myself really taken with paintings but I saw on in the museum in France that I really loved. It's of a man and woman both centenarians. I have the woman's image on my blog but couldn't take very good big pictures. I do like the parrot man though and the sheep lady especially with your added commentary.