legion of honor.


this morning, i woke up bright and early and headed across town to the legion of honor. this museum is definitely one of my favorite places in the city–nestled in lincoln park overlooking the golden gate bridge and the pacific. a beautiful beaux-arts building filled with european treasures spanning the centuries.

the legion of honor houses one of the largest collections of rodin outside the musée rodin in paris.

there are few things i love in life more than fabulous boiserie. the museum houses three french period rooms–but this louis xvi style room definitely takes the cake.

jean-marc nattier–thalia, muse of comedy 1739

i love this–she’s so playful. i think we could definitely be friends.

charles-andre vanloo–painting 1753

an adorable allegory of childhood and painting. this is only 1 in a series of 4–sculpture, music, architecture.

english side chair c. 1720

can i have these? thanks.

giovanni boldini–portrait of madame x 1907

a tiny little masterpiece–captures the same sultry attitude of sargent’s painting.

john roddam spencer stanhope–love and the maiden (detail).

i love the pre-raphaelite brotherhood–decorative, allegorical, stylized.

edouard vuillard–the reunion at loctudy 1912 (detail).

i love the romantically blurry feeling of this painting–a sweet afternoon reunion.

gustave caillebotte–sunflowers along the seine 1885 (detail).

although i love caillebotte’s sunflowers, i was expecting to see monet’s waterlilies in its place, so i was slightly disappointed.

caillebotte’s flowers are beautiful, but i was heartbroken when i turned into that final gallery and didn’t see this beaut hanging there.

i was also expecting to see albert moore’s forget-me-nots and roses but, alas, they were nowhere in sight.

the museum’s current exhibition is pulpfashion: the art of isabelle de borchgrave–a collection of historical dresses made completely of paper. and wow, it was amazing. trompe l’oeil at its best, you really can barely tell these are not made of fabric. if you are in the sfbay area, i highly suggest you go. unfortunately, being a special exhibition, photographs are not allowed–and after i snuck this one, my guilty conscience set in.

and this view just never gets old.


just another beautiful day in san francisco.




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