London – Day 19

Monday – yet another weekend day!

I slept in after staying up super late to watch the Superbowl (and I only made it to the end of the third quarter..). School had an optional visit to Christie’s impressionist and modern art preview. I went to that, and it was in a really cool area of a lot of little art galleries. It was fun seeing what else was around that area hidden away. It was also right next to the Royal Academy of Art which is housing an exhibit on Manet I am hoping to go to soon. We were given a tour of what will be on sale by the head of research for London and NY. He heads the department that writes all the catalogues and online content. He knew so much about art and could ramble on about each of the artists and what things in the painting meant based off of their life, and the historical and cultural context around them. I could really use that kind of brain for my current paper I’m writing. I don’t know if it was because at Sotheby’s we were able to tour after hours, but I just liked Sotheby’s better. At Christie’s the rooms were smaller, and had more artwork on one wall crowded together. It seemed less thought out somehow than Sotheby’s. But maybe there is a bit of a biased there also.

Since I got back I have been working on my paper! Boring but necessary. I have a lot of activities planned for the week nights again so it is good to get the bulk of it done now. I know a lot about Rubens now so feel free to ask me anything you’d like to know!

Christie's

Christie’s

The Show Room

The Show Room

Rene Magritte - This is not an apple. Estimated at 1 million to 1.5 million pounds

Rene Magritte – This is not an apple. Estimated at 1 million to 1.5 million pounds

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