21 February, 2010

The Duchess Recommends . . .

Stuart Davis

Yesterday the Duchess trudged over 20 freezing blocks up to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She hadn't been in years! And she'd forgotten what a treasure trove it is. Much ground was covered, and many artists were well-known, but the Duchess came across the arresting work of American Stuart Davis . . . and loved it.

Hot Still-Scape for Six Colors - 7th Avenue Style (1940)

The Paris Bit (1959)

Mr. Davis (1892-1964) was an early American modernist painter whose most notable works were Jazz-influenced, proto pop art paintings of the 1940s and 1950s. His work -- bold, brash and colorful -- naturally resonated with the Duchess.

Study for Bass Rocks I (1939)

Visa (1951)

The lengthy walk up to the Met (and Guggenheim) -- and back -- worked up a sufficient appetite to warrant a splurge at Quality Meats with some old friends (the Duchess recommends -- steak frites, porterhouse for two, corn creme brulee, and green tea and coconut ice cream). This, followed by a rousing session of kara-oke at Japas 55, capped off a wonderful New York day.

View from our table at Quality Meats (58th and 6th Ave.)

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