In January, The Bug and I attended a history conference in Chicago, which gave us the opportunity to visit the magnificent Art Institute of Chicago! One could spend days in that massive complex, studying the exquisite examples of art on display. Items range from antiquity to post-modern, but having been long-time fans of impressionism, that's the exhibit on which we concentrated our efforts. I almost wept before Van Gogh's self-portrait, and I spent many minutes studying the various Monets. I came home with a re-invigorated love of painting, and since that time I have spent many hours browsing the interwebz, looking at paintings, reading about the artists, models, etc. And so in time I came to Manet, examples of whose work I had seen in Chicago, and his prize student, Eva Gonzales. And so I came to this:
Morning Awakening 1876, by Eva Gonzales
I instantly fell in love with the painting, knew I must possess it (a reasonable facsimile, of course). So I began searching for a good print online. I found one, inverted from this, but, yeah, the same gorgeousness and available in giclee printing:
Alack, there were bumps in the road. The company (Ohio-based...so I was glad to be doing business locally) packaged and shipped my order, except when I opened it, this is what I found:
Um...epic fail? Yes. So I called the company and was told they would immediately reprocess my order and ship the proper print. For my troubles, I could keep the other one or donate it to charity. Fair enough. All's well that ends well...this arrived via express shipping this morning:
So why did I become obsessed with this painting? Perhaps this will help you understand:
My darling Dana Bug!