I met up with a friend the other day and she told me that she’d been to the Getty and saw a Manet picture. This is not earth shattering news, but it so happens that my most favorite painting in the whole wide world is Manet’s "Bar at the Folies-Bergere". It normally lives at the Courtauld in London and I’ve never seen it in the flesh, though a fine print of it hangs in my bedroom.
I casually ask my friend which Manet is she speaking of, as the Getty collection is VERY extensive and they have many. "Oh, it’s a big one of some lady at a bar" was the answer. Apparently, my favorite picture in the whole world has been on loan to the Getty all damn summer and was leaving the first week of September. Holy oil paints batman, get thee to the Getty.
Too late for long story short, but I hopped up to the Getty on a Sunday in summer to brave the massive crowds to see my favorite picture. It was as beautiful as I’d imagined. More beautiful really. I’m happy.
I also saw a wonderful photography exhibit by Weston and an amazing painted menagerie by Oudry. Dudes, that rhino picture was so massive and beautiful! Brave the crowds, it’s worth it. Except you have to get there soon since it’s leaving…
The gardens on the other hand are permanent and really lovely. My favorites in the garden are the bouganvilla trees supported by iron umbrella looking things. Totally Dr. Seuss looking, but I’m drawn to them. I took a few photos of the buildings and the gardens for your Friday pleasure. Enjoy!