Яussia* (Day 15, Part 1)

June 10

Moscow

Our second day in Moscow would begin, in the afternoon, with a shore excursion to the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts . . . 

[This is the view from out boat’s “parking lot” . . . ]

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[De-boating to board buses for the trip to the museum . . . ]

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[It was a Sunday afternoon, the traffic was light . . . ]

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[A reminder of soccer (futbol) games to come . . . ]

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[We’re downtown now . . . ]

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[And now a series of statues as we roll along – I believe this is Pushkin . . . ]

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[Dunno . . . ]

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[Dunno . . . ]

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[Should know?]

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[And back to the ever popular Vladimir . . . ]

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[And now, we’re in the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts.  I did not shoot the exterior of the building until we left – so it will be at the end of this missive . . . ]

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[So we begin a long series of what’s called “art” . . . ]

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[I do not know much about “art” other than I take lots of photos of it . . . ]

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[So commentary will be little befitting my knowledge . . . ]

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[Just know that I shoot what ever captures the attention of the windmills of my mind . . . ]

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[Our guide, obviously, with the Viking lollipop . . . ]

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[This is generically called a “bust” . . . ]

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[This is generically called a “painting” . . . ]

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[And I have heard of such, so far, as Rodin (pronounced row-dan), Manet (man-ay), and Degas (day-gah) . . . ]

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[And Renoir (wren-wha) – plus I think “Jeanne” is really cute . . . ]

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[And this is “sculpture” . . . ]

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[And this is called a “nude” – I know that because it’s the title of the “painting” . . . ]

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[And Monet (mow-nay), not to be confused with Manet . . . ]

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[This is called a “kiss” . . . ]

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[Another bust, of Cezanne (say-zon) . . . ]

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[Particularly partial to bald guys with beards . . . ]

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[The best thing about works by the old masters, it’s not difficult to guess the titles.  Here is a man smoking a pipe, so logicically enough it’s titled “Man Smoking a Pipe” . . . ]

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[The Super perusing “paintings” . . . ]

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[And Van Gogh (van-phlegmish cough) . . . ]

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[Girl with a jug, obviously . . . ]

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[Guide with a pointing arm . . . ]

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[Guide pointing out our previously recognized “Nude” . . . ]

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[Did you know the artists used paint and canvas?]

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[And Gauguin (go-gan).  We’ve been to Arles, but don’t recognize any of these French people . . . ]

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[This is called a “still life,” because it doesn’t move . . . ]

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[This is called a “caravan” . . . ]

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[A/k/a, a water nymph . . . ]

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[As should by now be obvious, Gauguin spent a lot of time in French Polynesia . . . ]

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[Always remember while traveling, when you escape modernity you escape escalators and elevators . . . ]

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[I don’t know about Bonnard, other than he died in the year I was born . . . ]

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[Would you have guessed “Lady With Black Glove”?]

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[We’re forever searching for benches – just standing is hard on the legs and back . . . ]

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[And Matisse (meh-teece) . . . ]

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[And Rousseau (rue-sew) . . . ]

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[And one of my favorites for obviousness – “Young Acrobat on a Ball”) . . . ]

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[Not to be confused with “Young Acrobat on a Ball” . . . ]

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[Unknown (to me) artist’s woman’s portrait . . . ]

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[And Chagall (shuh-gaul) . . . ]

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[I supposed she could just be “sitting”?]

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[Ahhh, the Romans . . . ]

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[A favorite for reasons unknown . . . ]

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[And I love the title . . . ]

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[This has to be Parisienne?]

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[Heading for the New York Times?]

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[My first thought was teacher . . . ]

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[Whom amongst us doesn’t like lutes?]

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[Another “Nude”?]

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[Again, great title . . . ]

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[First emailed this photo to our travel agent, a horse enthusiast from her earlist years!]

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[Or, On Being Shy?]

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[Another title for the ages . . . ]

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[Occasionally “Nudes” are standing . . . ]

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[And we’re back to the beginning . . . ]

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[And now outside . . . ]

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[The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts . . . ]

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[In Part 2, we will spend the rest of the day doing Moscow by Night.]

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I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. ~ Susan Sontag

Up Next: Part 2 . . .

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