Still-Life Masterpieces at NC Museum of Art

File this under the heading of things to do when out-of-town company visits in the Raleigh area. You know how you hate to just sit around the house or go shopping? This is an inexpensive (relatively) way to get out and burn a couple of hours and maybe tack on lunch, the way we did recently.

The exhibition, on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, features a bunch of artists I’ve never heard of plus a few that I have. In the interest of full disclosure, I was not an art major in college, although I did take an Art Appreciation class one quarter. That’s probably why I’ve heard of Georgia O’Keefe and so was interested in her painting titled Sunflower from Maggie, painted in 1937.

I also am familiar with (well, I’ve heard of) Edouard Manet and so stopped to look at his painting, A Basket of Fruit, painted in 1864. Ditto Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

Okay, I’m not quite as plebian as I act. I stopped at each painting – well, most of them anyway – and read the brief explanation which accompanied it.  And there are a bunch – some seventy-plus pieces. Because you select a time frame when you order your tickets, you won’t be elbowing your way through huge throngs the way we once did at the Louvre. (There, see – I’ve been to other arty places.)

The price of the ticket – $10 for adults – also gets you a ten percent discount at the Still-Life Cafe in the East Building. The exhibition runs through January 13, 2013.

In addition to the Still Life show, there is a show entitled Edvard Munch: Symbolism in Print Highlights from The Museum of Modern Art in New York that runs through February 10, 2013. Check that one out and let me know because I’m not a huge Munch fan.

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