Friday, May 23, 2014

Metropolitan Museum grants access to high-res images

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has put hundreds of high-resolution, copyright- free images from its collections online! Oh what a tzimmes I'm in! Looking at stuff like this is such a drug for me. I've barely recovered from the hours I've spent viewing and downloading beauties from the Getty collection (which I promise to share with you ere long).
Meanwhile, here is a sample image from the Met appropriate to the season: "Summer" (1935) by Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski). As with many of the images newly available, the painting is not currently on display in the museum. One can really examine artworks in detail this way—what a boon for researchers and art lovers!
And if you want to go the print route, we have a number of excellent art books from the Met on hand.

8 comments:

  1. What muddy colors for Summer! What an uncomfortable position for her! And how inappropriately she is dressed! And what happened to the concept of depth?
    Did he have a reason for painting such an awful picture?

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  2. Here we have a clear case of chacun à son goût.

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  3. The Met's Rembrandt collection is extraordinary, lots of interesting and hideous noses.

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  4. Found a critic for The New Republic who uses the word failed to describe Balthus's effort.
    It helps to know this is Europe before the Second World War. The unconsciousness of everyday people resting by a brink is an interpretation of this view.

    http://www.newrepublic.com/article/the-picture/93761/balthus-mountain

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    1. Well, that certainly answers Anonymous's question above. An excellent contribution to the discussion.

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    2. Why thank you RPS! (Sometimes I ask myself, "What would RPS do?" but I still can't make a clickable link!) ;-)

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    3. You are the best!! I know Balthus prompts strong reactions yea or nea. There was a recent show of his work at the Met actually. I got into him because of a poster I bought ages ago of a girl reading.

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