Friday, March 21, 2014

The Tuileries in Toledo - Ooh La La! (And a Giveaway)

Don't they say that we never take advantage of the opportunities that are in our own backyard? I've been guilty of this, over and over. We might know that something exists, but it will always be there and there's always a better time to go see it or do it than now.  Right?

No, not always.

The Toledo Museum of Art
Stegosaurus by Alexander Calder

Tuesday, my mom and I traveled an hour and a half northeast to visit the Toledo Museum of Art. It was only my second visit to the museum, the first being just two years ago. At that time, I was impressed with what I found there and I wondered why it had taken me so long to see it.  It's a world class museum and if you live within a half-day's drive or less, there's really no excuse for not going.

Now, only through May 11th, the museum is hosting an exhibition of more than 100 paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures exploring the art, design and evolution of Paris’ famed Tuileries Garden. (Pronounced 'tweel ree. The 's' is silent.)

Never before shown outside France, the Toledo Museum of Art is one of three U.S. museums that is hosting the exhibition. The other two are the Portland Art Museum, Oregon, and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia. The exhibition is done in special collaboration with the Museé du Louvre.

The Tuileries Gardens were originally attached to the Tuileries Palace, built by Catherine de Medici after the death of her husband, Henri II in 1559. The gardens were designed by the architect André le Nôtre in 1664.

The exhibit includes a model of the grounds of the Louvre and the Tuileries Garden.

The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden showcases the gardens' impact on such artists as Édouard Manet and Camille Pissarro,  among many others.

Children of the Tuileries Garden
Édouard Manet
c. 1861-62

Water Lilies
Claude Monet
c. 1922-25

 Procession of Louis XIV in front of the Tuileries Palace: October, the Sign of the Scorpion
Tapestry: Gobelins Royal Manufactory, Paris
c. 1668-89

When we finished enjoying the special exhibition, we spent some time in other rooms of the museum, where a remarkable collection of art works by many of the world's great artists and sculptors are displayed.

Michel Anguier

The Rehearsal Room
Edgar Degas
c. 1905

Central Tibet
c. 1450

Across the street is the Glass Pavilion, which houses an historical collection of early glass works, including many by Dale Chihuly.

Jun Kaneko

Wide Eyed Wink
Tom McGlauchlin

City of Broad Shoulders
Ginny Ruffner

Early works by Dale Chihuly
(1975, 1980, 1978)

For more information about the museum, as well as The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden, visit The Toledo Museum of Art website.


The museum sent me a set of two tickets to share with one of my readers, so if you'd like to win them, just enter your information in the Rafflecopter form below.  You'll get an extra entry for leaving a comment to this blog post, telling me the name of one of your favorite artists. Entries will be accepted until midnight EDT, Friday, March 28, 2014.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I was given complimentary tickets to attend the special exhibition of The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden as well as a pair of tickets to give away. No other compensation was given. All opinions stated here are my own.


Kiesha said...

Oh, wow! Toledo is my home town and one thing I truly miss from home is the Museum of Art. It really is an awesome place. Thanks for sharing the beautiful picks - kind of made me homesick.

Martha said...

I have always loved John William Waterhouse's work.

ElenaW said...

I grew up in Toledo and went to art lessons every Saturday for five years in the basement art area. It is a gem of a museum!

RobinL said...

You reminded me that Columbus has a lovely art museum, and I haven't seen it in years!

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