On the last day of our trip to California, we decided to head into San Francisco to see an exhibit of the Impressionists at the DeYoung Museum. The exhibit is on loan through the beginning of September, 2010 from the Musee d’Orsay in France. They are remodeling, and were willing to let the exhibit travel. Our flight didn’t go out until 3:45, so we had a bit of time before we had to be back at the Oakland Airport. Of course, traffic going into downtown San Francisco was heavy, so it took us a bit of time to get to Golden Gate Park. We got to the DeYoung at 10 am, and they still had a couple of tickets for the 10 am entry to the exhibit. It was a timed entrance, due to the crowds, so they didn’t let too many people in at one time. Of course, even so, it was still really crowded. It was an amazing exhibit, though, so we tried not to let all the geriatric visitors with their oxygen tanks slow us down!
The exhibit explained how Impressionism was born, and the paintings showed the progression from a more realistic style to the style we all recognize as Impressionism. It also explained how some of the artists in the movement did not believe themselves to be part of the Impressionist movement. Overall, the exhibit was well worth it. We saw some paintings that we have all seen before, like Whistler’s Mother, and some that are lesser known. Jon and I both really loved The Magpie, by Monet.
We had a little bit of time to tour the other exhibits, but then it was time to go. We headed back to the Oakland Airport for our flight back home, lamenting how our vacations are always too short.