Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Salon Style



Back to the Wadsworth Atheneum's exhibition of its French artwork.

In 19th century Paris and London, annual salons displayed their best works in a densely packed, multi-tier format.

The format was also adopted by the wealthy citizens of Hartford.  Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Colt -- wife of arms merchant Samuel Colt -- was a big collector and displayed her collection salon style at her mansion, Armsmear, less than a mile from the Wadsworth Atheneum.  After she died, Mrs. Colt gave her collection to the museum, and many works she once owned are shown here in the museum's exhibition of its French paintings.

16 comments:

Malyss said...

I see very romantic pieces of art here. Mrs Colt had good taste, at last in art.

Cezar and Léia said...

I love that sculpture!A exhibition that I would love visiting!
Léia

Halcyon said...

I like the way these paintings are displayed. Very nice!

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

You have educated me. I can now explain that the somewhat crowded walls of our house are the adoption of the salon style.

VP said...

You have a great museum with some really beautiful paintings!

Lowell said...

Mrs. Colt was very agile if she gave her collection to the museum "after" she died. It's a good trick if you can do it.

Maybe she collected hat tricks, too?

Just kidding. It's the weather. Hot.

Sharon said...

Mrs. Colt left a wonderful legacy to the museum. I'm intrigued by that sculpture. It makes me think of something I might see on a tomb in a European cemetery.

Sylvia K said...

That is a great collection -- guess it proves what guns can help provide you with!! Hope your week is going well, Jack!!

Karl Demetz said...

Great collection of beautiful paintings here.

RedPat said...

What a fabulous place the Atheneum is.

cieldequimper said...

I suppose I would spend hours in there...

Michelle said...

I can just envision the peace and quiet that come with this lovely art.

SRQ said...

I have friends who strongly endorse the "squeeze 'em in floor-to-ceiling" format of displaying art. With the right pieces, it's pretty awesome. I, on the other hand, insist on seeing wall space. I painted those walls, and gosh darn it, I'm not going to hide them.

Randy said...

Beautiful looking Salon.

Sharon said...

Oh Jack, you made me laugh out loud!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Ditto what Dave said Jack, we have many artists in the family (including moi) and it has to go somewhere haha!