I've been to the Portland Art Museum countless times. I've toured the permanent collection so much, that I felt I must have seen everything they rotate by now. So, I almost didn't go while in the Rose City last week. But, I feel so at home in art museums that I decided to go - even if it would just be a quick whirl - with focus on the wonderful Gilkey Center (PAM's house for the most amazing collection of prints).
I skipped the Asian and the European Silver - and hit the 18th, 19th and early 20th century paintings. There I found new life in paintings I'd already seen - particularly this Julian Alden Weir - The Spreading Oak - it's huge 39 x 50 inches and has thick brushstokes, like rough chiseled wood. It's so natural and beautiful. It inspired me to work larger someday.
above, not just in the distance. I get caught up looking so intently ahead, that I sometimes miss creating a space for viewers to dive into. The Pissarro had such lovely tonal control, although my scanner automatically dials up the contrast, so the effect I loved is missing in this scanned postcard. In the original painting, all the values were so compressed, so close, light, like it really looks outside. And finally the Ice Cutters by Weir is just great. so simple.
19th Century. (I wish I'd have taken some photos, I couldn't find most of the ones I liked online) Anyway they have this gorgeous Corot. They also have an awful Bouguereau. I hate that guys work more every day. He sold his soul at the crossroads - for sure.
But I do like the Fairfield Porter - can't find the work from PAM, so here are some others that are good.