Thursday, December 30, 2010

Legion of Honor

The funny thing about living in downtown San Francisco is that I don't drive to other parts of the city. I'll drive out of the city, like say to San Bruno, across the Bay Bridge to the East Bay or all the way down to San Jose, but since we've moved here, I haven't driven to the other side of the city. Jimmy has once or twice, but we find that we pretty much stick to our side of town.

But yesterday I decided to go clear across to the other side of town to the Legion of Honor.
The Legion of Honor is one of San Francisco's Fine Arts Museum.

Their special exhibit that's here till January 9th is "Japanesque: The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism". This was a fantastic exhibit and I'm glad that I got to see it before it left. My cousin had a print of "Great Wave Off Kanagawa" in her apartment maybe 12 or 15 years ago and I remember that was the 1st time that I saw the print and fell in love with it. Since then and thanks to her, I've been an admirer of this artwork. This particular print was created between 1826 and 1833.Unfortunately, as with all special exhibits, no photos, but I was allowed to snap a photo outside the exhibit.

While this exhibit was the highlight of my visit, the rest of the museum was pretty awesome, too. I have to admit that my museum tolerance wanes after a couple of hours, especially when it's crowded. But I think most of the people were at the Japanesque exhibit because the rest of the museum was easy to maneuver around.

Golden Gate views from the Legion of Honor.

Looks like quite a spectacular day, right? Yup, it really is beautiful but that sunny day wasn't nearly as warm as it may appear in the photo. It was a very windy day and only around 46 degrees. With the wind, it was biting cold!!

1 comment:

Ginnie said...

I know what you mean about living in a big city but never seeing parts of it, Mad. That happened to me while in Atlanta for 25 years. You almost have to be a tourist to see a city well. Good for you for visiting something new.