SPOTTED: 4x4 bloggers venturing down 5th Avenue and through central park to the Upper East Side.
The best way to describe the Upper East Side is Boujee from luxury retail to astounding architecture from 5th to Park Ave we were living for the opulence. (totally giving us a gossip girl vibe)
Speaking of gossip girl nothing is more iconic then (the met steps) the Metropolitan Museum of Art. However, before we were inside the Met we walked through an outdoor gallery of paintings. The paintings were striking for the contrasting yet vibrant color palette. After looking at all the art outside we walked up the steps and entered the iconic museum.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the US . In 2016 it had over 7 million visitors. Its permanent collection contains over two million works.
The two exhibits we spent the most time at was the Met Gala or Met Ball ( by the way the name is very unclear, but I guess you have to be actually invited to know) Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and Catholic Imagination and we visited the Public Parks, private gardens Paris to Provence exhibit.
We will begin with the Heavenly Bodies Exhibit and the Met Gala. Now I might be stepping on Alex's fashion toes a little bit but it was in the Met so I will be discussing the fashion as well. The Gala took place on May 7th, 2018 and the Catholic/Heavenly theme was executed masterfully by designers like Versace. (this years chair designer) The purpose of the Met Gala is to raise money for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute; however, for our intents and purposes we got to view the fabulous art work and fashion inspired by the theme. The Met describes this collection as a "dialogue between fashion and medieval art from The Met collection to examine fashion's ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism." Well the exhibit was phenomenal, I truly got goosebumps by the gothic ambiance accompanied by the opera music. Some of my favorite art works was the Blue Yves Saint Laurent worn by Madonna representing the Virgin Mary, and the beautiful Jesus and Mary painting and sculptures by the Bequest of George Blumenthal carved and painted in 1941.
The second Exhibit we explored was the Public Parks, Private Gardens exhibit. This exhibit features 19th century artists who celebrated the out-doors as a place of inspiration. The Met describes this exhibit as exploring "the horticultural developments that reshaped the landscape of France and grounded innovative movements- artistic and green- in an era that gave rise to Naturalism, Impressionism, and Art Nouveau". This exhibit shows the important role of parks and gardens in French life in the 19th century featuring 170 works by more than 70 artists. Artist's responded to industrialism, the French Revolution and World War I, by painting the beautiful and tranquil parks and gardens. The Exhibit also offers parallels to New York's central park, "which was designed in the spirit of Parisian public parks of the same period."
One oil-canvas painting I personally loved by Claude Monet of the Parc Monceau in 1876. The Parc Moceau is a public park situated in the 8th arrondissement of Paris at the junction of Boulevard de Courcelles, Rue de Prony an Rue Georges Berger. Not only is the aesthetic of the painting beautiful but the incredible detail and fresh pastel color palette makes it utterly breathtaking. Another Calude Monet painting that caught my eye was another oil-canvas painting of the Garden at Sainte-Adresse painted in 1867. This painting depicts Monet's father, brother and cousins during the Summer of 1867 on the English-Channel near Le-Hevre, France. The smooth brush strokes and spots of pure colour make this painting unique.
The last painting I'll focus on is by Camille Pissarro of the Garden of the Tuileries on a Winter Afternoon painted in 1899. The Tuileries Palace was a royal and imperial palace completed in Paris in the 1860s. This oil-canvas painting my Camille Pisarro shows a stunning view of the Parisian Garden. It gives the spectator a realistic perception through the intrinsic detail painted of the landscape.
The Met and the Upper East Side definitely did not disappoint. I felt like I was right out of gossip girl and could not have felt better about it. (if you didn't notice Gossip Girl is my ALL TIME favorite show and takes place in the Upper East Side) However, despite being in Manhattan through the paintings of Parisian parks and gardens have made me want to book a trip to Paris. 4x4 takes Paris?! Only time will tell!