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My favorite paintings from the Met in NYC, pt 1

Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1899; if you're a fan of Monet a visit to his old home in Giverny (NW France) allows you to see where his most famous works were painted

Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies, Claude Monet, 1899; if you're a fan of Monet a visit to his old home in Giverny (NW France) allows you to see where his most famous works were painted

The Jetty at Cassis, Paul Signac, 1889;  I've always loved Signac's works but especially the subject of this one which is one of my favorite French beach towns (just E of Marseille)

The Jetty at Cassis, Paul Signac, 1889; I've always loved Signac's works but especially the subject of this one which is one of my favorite French beach towns (just E of Marseille)

Self-portrait with a Straw Hat, Vincent van Gogh, 1887; van Gogh produced 20  self-portraits during his Parisian sojourn (1886–88) when he was poor but determined to hone his skills as a portrait painter

Self-portrait with a Straw Hat, Vincent van Gogh, 1887; van Gogh produced 20+ self-portraits during his Parisian sojourn (1886–88) when he was poor but determined to hone his skills as a portrait painter

Tables for Ladies, Edward Hopper, 1930; the title alludes to a recent social innovation in which establishments advertised tables for ladies to welcome their female customers, who, if seen dining alone in public previously, were assumed to be prostitutes

Tables for Ladies, Edward Hopper, 1930; the title alludes to a recent social innovation in which establishments advertised tables for ladies to welcome their female customers, who, if seen dining alone in public previously, were assumed to be prostitutes

White Flag, Jasper Johns, 1955; this was the first painting by Johns to be acquired by the Met; the famous piece was bought for an estimated $20 million in 1998

White Flag, Jasper Johns, 1955; this was the first painting by Johns to be acquired by the Met; the famous piece was bought for an estimated $20 million in 1998

Cow's Skull: Red, White and Blue, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1931; the museum has lots of armor and weaponry (not my thing) including King Henry VIII's armor from his last campaign in 1544

Cow's Skull: Red, White and Blue, Georgia O'Keeffe, 1931; the museum has lots of armor and weaponry (not my thing) including King Henry VIII's armor from his last campaign in 1544

Portrait of Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, 1906; shortly after meeting Stein in 1905, Picasso began painting this portrait but the process took 80 or 90 sittings

Portrait of Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, 1906; shortly after meeting Stein in 1905, Picasso began painting this portrait but the process took 80 or 90 sittings

Tennis at Newport, George Bellows, 1919; known more for his brawny depictions of boxing matches, Ashcan School painter George Bellows sometimes turned his attention to the leisure activities of the rich and famous

Tennis at Newport, George Bellows, 1919; known more for his brawny depictions of boxing matches, Ashcan School painter George Bellows sometimes turned his attention to the leisure activities of the rich and famous

Piazza San Marco, Canaletto, 1728; museum visitors can stand in an ancient Egyptian temple, stroll around a 16th-century Spanish castle’s patio and visit a villa that was swallowed by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 CE

Piazza San Marco, Canaletto, 1728; museum visitors can stand in an ancient Egyptian temple, stroll around a 16th-century Spanish castle’s patio and visit a villa that was swallowed by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 CE

Modern Rome, Giovanni Paolo Panini, 1757; the Met Gala has become well known as a luxurious, blockbuster event and is considered the jewel in New York City's social crown

Modern Rome, Giovanni Paolo Panini, 1757; the Met Gala has become well known as a luxurious, blockbuster event and is considered the jewel in New York City's social crown

Still Life with Bouquet of Tulips, a Rose, Clover and Cyclamen in a Green Glass Bottle, Ambrosius Bosschaert, 1609; the museum’s collections have 5000  musical instruments including the world’s oldest surviving piano (1720)

Still Life with Bouquet of Tulips, a Rose, Clover and Cyclamen in a Green Glass Bottle, Ambrosius Bosschaert, 1609; the museum’s collections have 5000+ musical instruments including the world’s oldest surviving piano (1720)

Bouquet of Sunflowers, Claude Monet, 1881; van Gogh wrote: Gauguin was telling me the other day—that he’d seen a painting by Monet of sunflowers in a large Japanese vase, very fine. But—he likes mine better. I’m not of that opinion.

Bouquet of Sunflowers, Claude Monet, 1881; van Gogh wrote: Gauguin was telling me the other day—that he’d seen a painting by Monet of sunflowers in a large Japanese vase, very fine. But—he likes mine better. I’m not of that opinion.

The Card Players, Paul Cezanne, 1890; one version of this work (there are 5) was sold in 2011 to the Royal Family of Qatar for roughly $250 million, signifying a new mark for highest ever price for a painting at the time

The Card Players, Paul Cezanne, 1890; one version of this work (there are 5) was sold in 2011 to the Royal Family of Qatar for roughly $250 million, signifying a new mark for highest ever price for a painting at the time

Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuniga, Francisco de Goya, 1784; acquired by the Met in 1949, this is one of the most appealing and successful portraits of children ever painted, and also one of the most famous

Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuniga, Francisco de Goya, 1784; acquired by the Met in 1949, this is one of the most appealing and successful portraits of children ever painted, and also one of the most famous

Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, Tintoretto, 1545; Tintoretto’s depiction of Christ’s miracle—when he is said to have fed a crowd of 5000 with just five barley loaves and two fish brought by a boy—is almost cinematic in its scale and effect

Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, Tintoretto, 1545; Tintoretto’s depiction of Christ’s miracle—when he is said to have fed a crowd of 5000 with just five barley loaves and two fish brought by a boy—is almost cinematic in its scale and effect

Harvesters, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1565; this watershed work was part of a series that for the first time in the history of Western art downplayed religious aspects, instead focusing on the unidealized vision of ordinary people

Harvesters, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1565; this watershed work was part of a series that for the first time in the history of Western art downplayed religious aspects, instead focusing on the unidealized vision of ordinary people

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