A Travellerspoint blog

April 2021

Sobering National WW1 Museum and Memorial in Kansas City

Opened in 1926, the National World War I Museum is humongous and ideal for military buffs; at night, the top of the 217-ft tall memorial tower emits a flame effect, steam illuminated by bright red and orange lights

Opened in 1926, the National World War I Museum is humongous and ideal for military buffs; at night, the top of the 217-ft tall memorial tower emits a flame effect, steam illuminated by bright red and orange lights

Missouri sent a disproportionate number of soldiers to the war; the novel (and movie) All Quiet on the Western Front was written by a German soldier who emigrated to the US and married actress Paulette Goddard

Missouri sent a disproportionate number of soldiers to the war; the novel (and movie) All Quiet on the Western Front was written by a German soldier who emigrated to the US and married actress Paulette Goddard

This iconic poster featuring Uncle Sam is actually a self-portrait of the artist, James Montgomery Flagg; 90,000 soldiers were killed by chemical weapons in WW1 since rudimentary gas masks were often ineffective

This iconic poster featuring Uncle Sam is actually a self-portrait of the artist, James Montgomery Flagg; 90,000 soldiers were killed by chemical weapons in WW1 since rudimentary gas masks were often ineffective

The airplane, having just been invented in 1903. was a novelty when fighting began; eventually machine guns were mounted on the planes and synchronized to shoot through the propellers

The airplane, having just been invented in 1903. was a novelty when fighting began; eventually machine guns were mounted on the planes and synchronized to shoot through the propellers

This French-made Renault FT17 tank was the first tank with a fully rotating turret; although in combat for only seven months, around 116,000 US soldiers were killed and 204,000 were injured

This French-made Renault FT17 tank was the first tank with a fully rotating turret; although in combat for only seven months, around 116,000 US soldiers were killed and 204,000 were injured

This Mark IV mine, dated April 17, 1917, would explode when contact was made with a steel hull; the Allies laid what is known as the North Sea Barrage, a minefield that extended 250 miles from Scotland to Norway in 1918

This Mark IV mine, dated April 17, 1917, would explode when contact was made with a steel hull; the Allies laid what is known as the North Sea Barrage, a minefield that extended 250 miles from Scotland to Norway in 1918

This Aussie military uniform was worn by the men fighting in Gallipoli, Turkey; having visiting the battle site in Gallipoli, you get a true sense of the futility ANZAC soldiers must have experienced

This Aussie military uniform was worn by the men fighting in Gallipoli, Turkey; having visiting the battle site in Gallipoli, you get a true sense of the futility ANZAC soldiers must have experienced

This flag flew over the US Capitol on April 2, 1917 when President Wilson delivered his war message to a joint session of Congress; ironically, "He kept us out of war" was the slogan Woodrow Wilson adopted when he ran for his second term in office

This flag flew over the US Capitol on April 2, 1917 when President Wilson delivered his war message to a joint session of Congress; ironically, "He kept us out of war" was the slogan Woodrow Wilson adopted when he ran for his second term in office

The Army ordered 12,000 of these 1918 Ford Model T light delivery trucks; they had 20 horsepower, a 1000 lb load capacity, a front crank to start it by hand and an early form of automatic transmission

The Army ordered 12,000 of these 1918 Ford Model T light delivery trucks; they had 20 horsepower, a 1000 lb load capacity, a front crank to start it by hand and an early form of automatic transmission

This Whitehead torpedo was made in the US and used on British, French, Russian and Japanese submarines; it could travel 28 knots with a range of 13,500 yards

This Whitehead torpedo was made in the US and used on British, French, Russian and Japanese submarines; it could travel 28 knots with a range of 13,500 yards

The French Hotchkiss machine gun was fed by 30-shot metal strips with a range of 4000 yds; in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Memorial on November 1, 1921, were 200,000 people, including then-Vice President Calvin Coolidge

The French Hotchkiss machine gun was fed by 30-shot metal strips with a range of 4000 yds; in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Memorial on November 1, 1921, were 200,000 people, including then-Vice President Calvin Coolidge

I was surprised to see so many countries that were able to remain neutral throughout the war; admission to the museum is a hefty $18 although parking was free

I was surprised to see so many countries that were able to remain neutral throughout the war; admission to the museum is a hefty $18 although parking was free

To enter the WW1 Memorial you cross a glass bridge above a field of 9,000 red poppies, each one representing 1,000 combatant deaths

To enter the WW1 Memorial you cross a glass bridge above a field of 9,000 red poppies, each one representing 1,000 combatant deaths

This German half liter beer stein, one of thousands of artifacts on display, was owned by a musketeer named Stohr; normally you can go to the top of the Liberty Memorial for great views but it's closed now

This German half liter beer stein, one of thousands of artifacts on display, was owned by a musketeer named Stohr; normally you can go to the top of the Liberty Memorial for great views but it's closed now

Snowshoes worn by Italian soldiers in the Alps!; at the Memorial's dedication in 1921, the local veteran chosen to present flags to the commanders attending was a Kansas City haberdasher, Harry S. Truman

Snowshoes worn by Italian soldiers in the Alps!; at the Memorial's dedication in 1921, the local veteran chosen to present flags to the commanders attending was a Kansas City haberdasher, Harry S. Truman

The US supplied 20,000  1917 Harley Davidson motorcycles to the war effort for use in reconnaissance, medic operations and communications; this was the first year olive drab was used as a paint color

The US supplied 20,000+ 1917 Harley Davidson motorcycles to the war effort for use in reconnaissance, medic operations and communications; this was the first year olive drab was used as a paint color

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The famous (or infamous) Road to Hana on Maui

I was happy and relieved to have reached the final waterfall on the Four Waterfalls Hike; the hike would make for a great episode of the Amazing Race

I was happy and relieved to have reached the final waterfall on the Four Waterfalls Hike; the hike would make for a great episode of the Amazing Race

Several days later, when Lee and I were returning from Hana, Kanahuali‘i Falls was a muddy torrent and not something you would have wanted to jump into

Several days later, when Lee and I were returning from Hana, Kanahuali‘i Falls was a muddy torrent and not something you would have wanted to jump into

Three amigos as we start the Four Waterfalls Hike; you have to receive a negative Covid test result no more than 72 hours before flying to Hawaii

Three amigos as we start the Four Waterfalls Hike; you have to receive a negative Covid test result no more than 72 hours before flying to Hawaii

Of the dozens of waterfalls on the Road to Hana, Hanawi Falls was one of my favorites; maybe it struck the non-conformist chord in me

Of the dozens of waterfalls on the Road to Hana, Hanawi Falls was one of my favorites; maybe it struck the non-conformist chord in me

We had Secret Lagoon (aka Kanahuali‘i Falls) all to ourselves; the Road to Hana is a narrow 42 miles of asphalt with 620 curves and 59 single lane bridges

We had Secret Lagoon (aka Kanahuali‘i Falls) all to ourselves; the Road to Hana is a narrow 42 miles of asphalt with 620 curves and 59 single lane bridges

Federal highway dollars can't be used on the Road to Hana because they won't support one lane bridges; the road is in bad shape which helps keep speeds down

Federal highway dollars can't be used on the Road to Hana because they won't support one lane bridges; the road is in bad shape which helps keep speeds down

Upper Waikani Falls (aka Three Bears Falls) is normally 3 separate waterfalls but for our visit it was just one big torrent; the water for many of our falls was exceptionally muddy as a result of all the rain

Upper Waikani Falls (aka Three Bears Falls) is normally 3 separate waterfalls but for our visit it was just one big torrent; the water for many of our falls was exceptionally muddy as a result of all the rain

On the Keanae Peninsula taro is still grown which is used to make poi; Keanae was wiped out by a tsunami in 1946 which destroyed every building except a stone church

On the Keanae Peninsula taro is still grown which is used to make poi; Keanae was wiped out by a tsunami in 1946 which destroyed every building except a stone church

Ben took me to play pickle ball in Santa Monica before our trip in his brand new lava orange Porsche convertible; he doesn't go for being inconspicuous

Ben took me to play pickle ball in Santa Monica before our trip in his brand new lava orange Porsche convertible; he doesn't go for being inconspicuous

Lee demonstrates proper form as we worked our way down on the Four Waterfalls Hike; it was definitely better to be wearing watershoes than hiking boots on this one

Lee demonstrates proper form as we worked our way down on the Four Waterfalls Hike; it was definitely better to be wearing watershoes than hiking boots on this one

Ben showed us how to climb the rope up the third waterfall but we jumped on the way down since it was easier and safer; the water was chilly and we had to swim a stretch in the river to reach the fourth waterfall

Ben showed us how to climb the rope up the third waterfall but we jumped on the way down since it was easier and safer; the water was chilly and we had to swim a stretch in the river to reach the fourth waterfall

A kind stranger donated this ladder to help climbers up to the second waterfall on our Four Waterfalls Hike; fortunately Ben and Morgan did this hike in November and knew the route and had good tips

A kind stranger donated this ladder to help climbers up to the second waterfall on our Four Waterfalls Hike; fortunately Ben and Morgan did this hike in November and knew the route and had good tips

The Road to Hana goes over the top of Makapipi Falls so you don't even notice it if you stay in your car; amazingly, the falls are supposedly dry about half the time

The Road to Hana goes over the top of Makapipi Falls so you don't even notice it if you stay in your car; amazingly, the falls are supposedly dry about half the time

Venus Pool is normally a placid area where kids jump off the rocks into clear, blue waters; a couple of daring souls were still jumping but you couldn't see what was underneath the water making it very unwise

Venus Pool is normally a placid area where kids jump off the rocks into clear, blue waters; a couple of daring souls were still jumping but you couldn't see what was underneath the water making it very unwise

The only volcanic black sand beach on Maui is at Waianapanapa State Park making it extremely popular with reservations required; the lava flows here are only 500 years old

The only volcanic black sand beach on Maui is at Waianapanapa State Park making it extremely popular with reservations required; the lava flows here are only 500 years old

This was the first waterfall we reached on our Four Waterfalls Hike at mile 6 on the Road to Hana; the hike was my favorite of the ones we did this trip

This was the first waterfall we reached on our Four Waterfalls Hike at mile 6 on the Road to Hana; the hike was my favorite of the ones we did this trip

This is the view downstream from the first waterfall on the Four Waterfalls Hike; I quickly progressed from not wanting to get my feet muddy to not wanting to get wet to swimming in the river to get the mud off me

This is the view downstream from the first waterfall on the Four Waterfalls Hike; I quickly progressed from not wanting to get my feet muddy to not wanting to get wet to swimming in the river to get the mud off me

We had a gorgeous day for our Four Waterfalls Hike; all along the west coast of Maui we spotted humpback whales which spend the winter here before migrating to Alaska for the summer

We had a gorgeous day for our Four Waterfalls Hike; all along the west coast of Maui we spotted humpback whales which spend the winter here before migrating to Alaska for the summer

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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville AK(pt 2)

Rosie the Riveter, Norman Rockwell, 1943; this iconic image appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in 1943 and became a beacon of patriotism

Rosie the Riveter, Norman Rockwell, 1943; this iconic image appeared on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post in 1943 and became a beacon of patriotism

We the People, Nari Ward, 2015; one of my favorite pieces, this huge work is made from old shoelaces and was shown at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston last year

We the People, Nari Ward, 2015; one of my favorite pieces, this huge work is made from old shoelaces and was shown at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston last year

Memory of Water; my favorite of the outdoor installations as you are surrounded in light and sound, as a simulated stream brings water back to this dry creek bed

Memory of Water; my favorite of the outdoor installations as you are surrounded in light and sound, as a simulated stream brings water back to this dry creek bed

The Bachman-Winston House, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1953; this house was built in NJ but was threatened by frequent floods so it was sold to Crystal Bridges and meticulously taken apart and reassembled

The Bachman-Winston House, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1953; this house was built in NJ but was threatened by frequent floods so it was sold to Crystal Bridges and meticulously taken apart and reassembled

The Hearth; this bonfire-like installation is one of the five primary pieces seen as you walk along paths through the forest surrounding the museum

The Hearth; this bonfire-like installation is one of the five primary pieces seen as you walk along paths through the forest surrounding the museum

Summer Day, Frank Weston Benson, 1911; influenced by the French Impressionists, Benson captures the effects of warmth, light and air in this portrait of his two elegantly dressed daughters

Summer Day, Frank Weston Benson, 1911; influenced by the French Impressionists, Benson captures the effects of warmth, light and air in this portrait of his two elegantly dressed daughters

After the Last Supper, Devorah Sperber, 2005; an incredible piece made from 20,000  spools of thread

After the Last Supper, Devorah Sperber, 2005; an incredible piece made from 20,000+ spools of thread

Monolith-The Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, Ansel Adams, 1950; this majestic view was one of Adams' most important and groundbreaking early photographs

Monolith-The Face of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, Ansel Adams, 1950; this majestic view was one of Adams' most important and groundbreaking early photographs

The Steel Mill, Thomas Hart Benton, 1930; Benton visited the Bethlehem Steel plant in Sparrow's Point, MD to get inspiration for his many steel-themed works

The Steel Mill, Thomas Hart Benton, 1930; Benton visited the Bethlehem Steel plant in Sparrow's Point, MD to get inspiration for his many steel-themed works

The Reader, Mary Cassatt, 1877; Cassatt spent most of her life in France, where she became the only American to exhibit with the Impressionists

The Reader, Mary Cassatt, 1877; Cassatt spent most of her life in France, where she became the only American to exhibit with the Impressionists

Dolly Parton, Andy Warhol, 1985; apparently Marilyn Monroe wasn't the only blonde bombshell Warhol painted; this piece was painted just 2 years before Warhol died at 58 following gallbladder surgery

Dolly Parton, Andy Warhol, 1985; apparently Marilyn Monroe wasn't the only blonde bombshell Warhol painted; this piece was painted just 2 years before Warhol died at 58 following gallbladder surgery

Freeway Interchange, Los Angeles, Ansel Adams, 1967; I pondered where Adams could have taken this photo from; the collection of 100  Adams photographs is a temporary exhibit and cost $12

Freeway Interchange, Los Angeles, Ansel Adams, 1967; I pondered where Adams could have taken this photo from; the collection of 100+ Adams photographs is a temporary exhibit and cost $12

Pecos Escarpment, Alexandre Hogue, 1937; a Realist, Hogue believed the destroyed state of the land in the Southwest was the fault of the human inhabitants

Pecos Escarpment, Alexandre Hogue, 1937; a Realist, Hogue believed the destroyed state of the land in the Southwest was the fault of the human inhabitants

Maman, Louise Bourgeois, 1999; this piece normally graces the entry to the museum but has been moved outdoors while a new atrium is designed to house the spider

Maman, Louise Bourgeois, 1999; this piece normally graces the entry to the museum but has been moved outdoors while a new atrium is designed to house the spider

Buckyball, Leo Villareal, 2012; there are 180 LED tubes containing thousands of individual pixels that can display 16 million different colors (much better at night!)

Buckyball, Leo Villareal, 2012; there are 180 LED tubes containing thousands of individual pixels that can display 16 million different colors (much better at night!)

Monochrome II, Nancy Rubins, 2018; the artist taught at UCLA from 1982-2004 where she became known for her huge installations made from metal industrial parts later morphing into airplanes and boats

Monochrome II, Nancy Rubins, 2018; the artist taught at UCLA from 1982-2004 where she became known for her huge installations made from metal industrial parts later morphing into airplanes and boats

The Whispering Tree; you talk into a microphone to learn about the color of your own voice and see it represented in the tree (my voice was golden)

The Whispering Tree; you talk into a microphone to learn about the color of your own voice and see it represented in the tree (my voice was golden)

Sole d'Oro, Dale Chihuly, 2011; this work contains more than 1,300 hand-blown pieces of glass and weighs over 5,000 pounds and was designed specifically for the museum

Sole d'Oro, Dale Chihuly, 2011; this work contains more than 1,300 hand-blown pieces of glass and weighs over 5,000 pounds and was designed specifically for the museum

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Mary Morez, 1975; the artist was stricken with both polio and rheumatic fever as a girl and depicted her Navajo roots in a contemporary, abstract style

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, Mary Morez, 1975; the artist was stricken with both polio and rheumatic fever as a girl and depicted her Navajo roots in a contemporary, abstract style

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Thanks to the pandemic, Maui was my first beach in a year

Ben's latest passion is pickle ball so we starting most mornings on the court right outside the front door of our condo; Ben's parents joined us in Maui for our first week

Ben's latest passion is pickle ball so we starting most mornings on the court right outside the front door of our condo; Ben's parents joined us in Maui for our first week

We tried to book scuba and snorkeling trips to Molokini and Lanai but everything was booked solid for the next 2 months; rental cars and hotels/condos were sold out with international travel for Americans still largely banned

We tried to book scuba and snorkeling trips to Molokini and Lanai but everything was booked solid for the next 2 months; rental cars and hotels/condos were sold out with international travel for Americans still largely banned

Kahekili Beach Park offers the idyllic Hawaiian beach experience in Kanapali; many people were doing their required open water dive here to get their scuba certifications

Kahekili Beach Park offers the idyllic Hawaiian beach experience in Kanapali; many people were doing their required open water dive here to get their scuba certifications

We encountered huge schools of fish when snorkeling around Black Rock; this formation, separating Kanapili in two, was the result of one of the last volcanic eruptions in West Maui

We encountered huge schools of fish when snorkeling around Black Rock; this formation, separating Kanapili in two, was the result of one of the last volcanic eruptions in West Maui

Honolua Bay had the greatest population of turtles I saw on Maui with this photo featuring 4 turtles from the 13 I saw here; Maui prices were even worse than usual since we visited during Spring Break/Easter

Honolua Bay had the greatest population of turtles I saw on Maui with this photo featuring 4 turtles from the 13 I saw here; Maui prices were even worse than usual since we visited during Spring Break/Easter

Morgan led us on a hike through the redwoods at Polipoli State Recreation Area on the slopes of Haleakala; we were often in the clouds so views were limited (I mostly saw roots as I was constantly looking down to avoid tripping)

Morgan led us on a hike through the redwoods at Polipoli State Recreation Area on the slopes of Haleakala; we were often in the clouds so views were limited (I mostly saw roots as I was constantly looking down to avoid tripping)

Big Beach is the largest and nicest beach in South Maui with great views of Molokini; the snorkeling was better next door at Little Beach although the seas were pretty rough during our stay

Big Beach is the largest and nicest beach in South Maui with great views of Molokini; the snorkeling was better next door at Little Beach although the seas were pretty rough during our stay

This was one of only two eels I saw during two weeks in Maui (I never saw a shark or a ray); the other eel was swimming in a tide pool in Hana

This was one of only two eels I saw during two weeks in Maui (I never saw a shark or a ray); the other eel was swimming in a tide pool in Hana

Ben quickly got the hang of surfing but Lee found it easier to practice his yoga poses;  they were both put to shame by Church the Surfing Dog who would accompany kids and move on the board as needed for the surfer to maintain balance

Ben quickly got the hang of surfing but Lee found it easier to practice his yoga poses; they were both put to shame by Church the Surfing Dog who would accompany kids and move on the board as needed for the surfer to maintain balance

Peacock Flounder; snorkeling is supposed to be better in South Maui but I didn't find that to be the case; water visibility was much better at Kanapali and points north

Peacock Flounder; snorkeling is supposed to be better in South Maui but I didn't find that to be the case; water visibility was much better at Kanapali and points north

We didn't see any endangered nenes on Maui but there were striking red-crested cardinals; the introduced mongoose has decimated many of the local bird populations

We didn't see any endangered nenes on Maui but there were striking red-crested cardinals; the introduced mongoose has decimated many of the local bird populations

When Ben tired of our pickle ball foursome we would drive into Kihei where people get together every day on the public courts for pick-up games; the crowd skewed older such as these two ladies schooling Ben and Lee

When Ben tired of our pickle ball foursome we would drive into Kihei where people get together every day on the public courts for pick-up games; the crowd skewed older such as these two ladies schooling Ben and Lee

Reef triggerfish; Maui waters didn't have a great variety of fish species and also didn't have the colorful underwater topography I've seen elsewhere

Reef triggerfish; Maui waters didn't have a great variety of fish species and also didn't have the colorful underwater topography I've seen elsewhere

The guys enjoying lunch takeout at Kahekili Beach Park; it seemed to take forever to get anywhere on the island (partly due to us staying on the SW corner)

The guys enjoying lunch takeout at Kahekili Beach Park; it seemed to take forever to get anywhere on the island (partly due to us staying on the SW corner)

Ha‘uku‘uku‘ula‘ula, aka the Red Pencil Urchin, are extremely common in the waters off Maui but aren't supposed to be poisonous; different varieties of sea urchins were way too common here (at least there weren't any jellyfish!)

Ha‘uku‘uku‘ula‘ula, aka the Red Pencil Urchin, are extremely common in the waters off Maui but aren't supposed to be poisonous; different varieties of sea urchins were way too common here (at least there weren't any jellyfish!)

This spotted pufferfish was seen snorkeling in front of our condo in Makena; masks were required when walking outside and on the beach until you were stationary

This spotted pufferfish was seen snorkeling in front of our condo in Makena; masks were required when walking outside and on the beach until you were stationary

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Monumental Philadelphia Museum of Art is impressive

Sunflowers, Vincent van Gogh, 1889; the artist created around 860 oil paintings in his life but he was not commercially successful, and his suicide at 37 came after years of mental illness, depression and poverty

Sunflowers, Vincent van Gogh, 1889; the artist created around 860 oil paintings in his life but he was not commercially successful, and his suicide at 37 came after years of mental illness, depression and poverty

The Large Bathers, Paul Cezanne, 1906; this is the largest, the last, and in many ways the most ambitious work from Cezanne's lifelong exploration of the bather motif

The Large Bathers, Paul Cezanne, 1906; this is the largest, the last, and in many ways the most ambitious work from Cezanne's lifelong exploration of the bather motif

Morning, Louis-Joseph-Raphael Collin, 1884; this piece, that was one of my favorites, was much admired at the Paris Salon and World's Fair in 1889

Morning, Louis-Joseph-Raphael Collin, 1884; this piece, that was one of my favorites, was much admired at the Paris Salon and World's Fair in 1889

Avenue de l'Opera: Morning Sunshine, Camille Pissarro, 1898; he was the only artist to show his work at all 8 Paris Impressionist exhibitions, from 1874 to 1886; father figure to all major Post-Impressionists-Seurat, Cézanne, van Gogh, and Gauguin

Avenue de l'Opera: Morning Sunshine, Camille Pissarro, 1898; he was the only artist to show his work at all 8 Paris Impressionist exhibitions, from 1874 to 1886; father figure to all major Post-Impressionists-Seurat, Cézanne, van Gogh, and Gauguin

Princess X, Constantin Brancusi, 1916; this highly controversial sculpture is a rendering of the French princess, Marie Bonaparte; Princess Bonaparte was the great-grand niece of the emperor Napoleon

Princess X, Constantin Brancusi, 1916; this highly controversial sculpture is a rendering of the French princess, Marie Bonaparte; Princess Bonaparte was the great-grand niece of the emperor Napoleon

Sugar Cane, Diego Rivera, 1931; created for an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC in 1931, this scene was based on a full-scale fresco he had painted at the Palace of Cortes in Cuernavaca

Sugar Cane, Diego Rivera, 1931; created for an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC in 1931, this scene was based on a full-scale fresco he had painted at the Palace of Cortes in Cuernavaca

Bust of Benjamin Franklin, Jean-Antoine Houdon, 1779; this piece is remarkable because Franklin never sat for Houdon but the two had just met at various events around Paris

Bust of Benjamin Franklin, Jean-Antoine Houdon, 1779; this piece is remarkable because Franklin never sat for Houdon but the two had just met at various events around Paris

Horse, Pipe and Red Flower, Joan Miro, 1920; the artist painted this work shortly after he arrived in Paris, before he joined the Surrealist movement; he became great friends with fellow Spaniard Picasso

Horse, Pipe and Red Flower, Joan Miro, 1920; the artist painted this work shortly after he arrived in Paris, before he joined the Surrealist movement; he became great friends with fellow Spaniard Picasso

In the Luxembourg Gardens, John Singer Sargent, 1879; even 150 years after this painting it's still easy to identify exactly where in the Gardens this couple is; the artist was the leading portrait painter of his generation

In the Luxembourg Gardens, John Singer Sargent, 1879; even 150 years after this painting it's still easy to identify exactly where in the Gardens this couple is; the artist was the leading portrait painter of his generation

Japanese Footbridge and Water Lily Pool, Claude Monet, 1899; Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest in the world based on gallery space; in 2018, the victory parade for the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl win finished on the museum steps

Japanese Footbridge and Water Lily Pool, Claude Monet, 1899; Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest in the world based on gallery space; in 2018, the victory parade for the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl win finished on the museum steps

The Battle of the USS Kearsarge and the CSS Alabama, Edouard Manet, 1864; this work depicted a Civil War battle off the coast of Cherbourg, France on June 19, 1864 in which the Kearsarge ultimately sunk the Alabama

The Battle of the USS Kearsarge and the CSS Alabama, Edouard Manet, 1864; this work depicted a Civil War battle off the coast of Cherbourg, France on June 19, 1864 in which the Kearsarge ultimately sunk the Alabama

Shaker furniture, 1900; the Shakers were a religious sect that had guiding principles of simplicity, utility and honesty; their beliefs were reflected in the well-made furniture of minimalist designs

Shaker furniture, 1900; the Shakers were a religious sect that had guiding principles of simplicity, utility and honesty; their beliefs were reflected in the well-made furniture of minimalist designs

Breaking Home Ties, Thomas Hovenden, 1890; voted the most popular painting at the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, this work shows the growing number of young men leaving rural America for jobs in the cities

Breaking Home Ties, Thomas Hovenden, 1890; voted the most popular painting at the 1893 Chicago World's Columbian Exposition, this work shows the growing number of young men leaving rural America for jobs in the cities

George Washington, James Peale, 1788; the artist made this miniature portrait while Washington was posing for a painting by James's older brother and teacher, Charles Willson Peale

George Washington, James Peale, 1788; the artist made this miniature portrait while Washington was posing for a painting by James's older brother and teacher, Charles Willson Peale

A May Morning in the Park (The Fairman Rogers Four-in-Hand), Thomas Eakins, 1880; this Philadelphian is widely acknowledged to be one of the most important artists in American art history

A May Morning in the Park (The Fairman Rogers Four-in-Hand), Thomas Eakins, 1880; this Philadelphian is widely acknowledged to be one of the most important artists in American art history

Box with the Three Friends of Winter, China, early 1400s; the Chinese celebrated the pine, bamboo and plum together, as they observed that these plants do not wither in winter; together they symbolize steadfastness, perseverance, and resilience

Box with the Three Friends of Winter, China, early 1400s; the Chinese celebrated the pine, bamboo and plum together, as they observed that these plants do not wither in winter; together they symbolize steadfastness, perseverance, and resilience

Drawing Room from a Townhouse, 901 Fifth Avenue, NYC, 1920s; this room is the only historic interior in the museum's collection with its original furnishings (bequeathed by the owner to the museum)

Drawing Room from a Townhouse, 901 Fifth Avenue, NYC, 1920s; this room is the only historic interior in the museum's collection with its original furnishings (bequeathed by the owner to the museum)

Shepherd Girl (Little Bo-Peep), George Romney, early 1780s; Romney is a kinsman of politicians George W. Romney (1907–1995) and Mitt Romney (born 1947); their ancestor Miles Romney was George Romney's first cousin once removed

Shepherd Girl (Little Bo-Peep), George Romney, early 1780s; Romney is a kinsman of politicians George W. Romney (1907–1995) and Mitt Romney (born 1947); their ancestor Miles Romney was George Romney's first cousin once removed

The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Common, JMW Turner, 1834; along with thousands of others, Turner himself witnessed the burning ot Parliament on the evening of October 16, 1834, from the south bank of the River Thames, opposite Westminster

The Burning of the Houses of Lords and Common, JMW Turner, 1834; along with thousands of others, Turner himself witnessed the burning ot Parliament on the evening of October 16, 1834, from the south bank of the River Thames, opposite Westminster

The Bucintoro on Ascension Day, Docked in Front of the Doge's Palace, Canaletto, 1745; the Bucintoro was the ceremonial boat of the doge, the ruler of the Venetian republic, and on Ascension Day they celebrate the marriage of Venice and the sea

The Bucintoro on Ascension Day, Docked in Front of the Doge's Palace, Canaletto, 1745; the Bucintoro was the ceremonial boat of the doge, the ruler of the Venetian republic, and on Ascension Day they celebrate the marriage of Venice and the sea

Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War), Salvador Dali, 1936; the prophetic artist created the piece to represent the horrors of the Spanish Civil War, painting it six months before the conflict began

Soft Construction with Boiled Beans (Premonition of Civil War), Salvador Dali, 1936; the prophetic artist created the piece to represent the horrors of the Spanish Civil War, painting it six months before the conflict began

Three Musicians, Pablo Picasso, 1921; in Cubism, the subject is transformed into a sequence of planes, lines, and arcs; it has been described as an intellectual style because the artists analyzed the shapes of their subjects and reinvented them on canvas

Three Musicians, Pablo Picasso, 1921; in Cubism, the subject is transformed into a sequence of planes, lines, and arcs; it has been described as an intellectual style because the artists analyzed the shapes of their subjects and reinvented them on canvas

Jug, Vincennes porcelain factory, 1754; this jug is likely one of two sold to King Louis XV's official mistress, Madame de Pompadour, by Paris dealer Lazare Duvaux

Jug, Vincennes porcelain factory, 1754; this jug is likely one of two sold to King Louis XV's official mistress, Madame de Pompadour, by Paris dealer Lazare Duvaux

Woman with a Pearl Necklace in a Loge, Mary Cassatt, 1879; the artist used her sister Lydia as the model in this work at the Paris Opera House; she is seated in front of a massive mirror that is reflecting the theater scene that she is experiencing

Woman with a Pearl Necklace in a Loge, Mary Cassatt, 1879; the artist used her sister Lydia as the model in this work at the Paris Opera House; she is seated in front of a massive mirror that is reflecting the theater scene that she is experiencing

Moonmad, Max Ernst, 1944; Ernst was a primary pioneer of the Dada movement and surrealism; for 5 years he was married to wealthy socialite and art collector Peggy Guggenheim

Moonmad, Max Ernst, 1944; Ernst was a primary pioneer of the Dada movement and surrealism; for 5 years he was married to wealthy socialite and art collector Peggy Guggenheim

Bend in the Epte River, Claude Monet, 1888; he created a studio boat from which he painted many of his water-scene works; Abstract Expressionists like Rothko, Pollock, and de Kooning were partly responsible for the huge popularization of Monet’s work

Bend in the Epte River, Claude Monet, 1888; he created a studio boat from which he painted many of his water-scene works; Abstract Expressionists like Rothko, Pollock, and de Kooning were partly responsible for the huge popularization of Monet’s work

Still Life with Terms and a Bust of Ceres, Frans Snyders, 1630; this incredible painting has a wreath that truly seems three dimensional and was meant to astound the guests of a wealthy patron

Still Life with Terms and a Bust of Ceres, Frans Snyders, 1630; this incredible painting has a wreath that truly seems three dimensional and was meant to astound the guests of a wealthy patron

Diana, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1893; arguably the best known work of America's finest sculptor at the turn of the century, Diana originally stood on the tower of the original Madison Square Garden in NYC

Diana, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, 1893; arguably the best known work of America's finest sculptor at the turn of the century, Diana originally stood on the tower of the original Madison Square Garden in NYC

Portrait of Archbishop Filippo Archinto, TItian, 1558; the artist was considered the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school; this unique work has the subject half-hidden by a veil

Portrait of Archbishop Filippo Archinto, TItian, 1558; the artist was considered the most important member of the 16th-century Venetian school; this unique work has the subject half-hidden by a veil

Guardian Warrior, China, early to mid-700s; these clay figures are designed to protect burial grounds; it's amazing that 1300 year old clay figures from China are still intact

Guardian Warrior, China, early to mid-700s; these clay figures are designed to protect burial grounds; it's amazing that 1300 year old clay figures from China are still intact

LeBon Bock, Edouard Manet, 1873; bock is a dark, rich beer made in the spring; this vivid depiction of a drinker recalls the animated portraits by seventeenth-century Dutch masters like Frans Hals that Manet greatly admired

LeBon Bock, Edouard Manet, 1873; bock is a dark, rich beer made in the spring; this vivid depiction of a drinker recalls the animated portraits by seventeenth-century Dutch masters like Frans Hals that Manet greatly admired

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