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Modern Art Monday Presents: Henri Rousseau, The Dream

henri rousseau the dream photo by gail worley
Photo By Gail

“The woman asleep on the couch is dreaming she has been transported to the forest, listening to the sounds from the instrument of the enchanter,” Henri Rousseau wrote of his enigmatic painting, The Dream (1910) . The setting for the musician and the reclining female nude – a moonlit jungle full of exotic foliage and wildlife – was inspired by his visits to Paris’s Jardin des Plantes, a combined botanical garden and zoo. “When I am in these hothouses and see the strange plants from exotic lands, it seems to me that I am entering a dream,“ he once said. Entirely self-taught, Rousseau worked a day job as a customs inspector until around 1885, when he retired on a tiny pension to pursue a full-time career as an artist.

Photographed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Beat the Winter Blues with These Fresh Winter Blooms

winter blooms rose
Above Image Source, All Other Photos By Gail

The shorter days, the cold (and perhaps humid) weather and the aftermath of the holidays may put you in a ‘blue’ state. It’s important to know that you are not the only one who goes through these experiences.

The winter blues, as people like to call it, is a scientifically-recognized state of mind that can affect anyone. Now, depending on your brain chemistry and other illnesses, you may be having a more difficult time, but in most cases, this is a temporary phase that passes with the season.

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Rasta Banana

Rasta Banana
All Photos By Gail

I saw this deadlock-sporting Rasta Banana hanging merrily in this tree in a Community Garden on Avenue C. I like his hat.

Rasta Banana

Let’s Go: Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden at MOMA!

MOMA Sculpture Garden
All Photos By Gail

Summer doesn’t last forever, especially in NYC, so why not plan to enjoy the nice weather while we have it by spending as much time outside in beautiful places as possible? Just do it!

Moma Sculpture Garden Fountain

Maybe you are already a huge fan of Art, but weren’t aware that the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) has a gorgeous, landscaped sculpture garden that provides a relaxing oasis in the center of Manhattan. It’s only open when the weather is nice, so you need to go now.

Skyscraper Vertical View
This is Your Vertical View While Seated Near the Fountain Pictured Directly Above

The Sculpture Garden is named for Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, an American socialite and philanthropist who was the wife of financier and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. Mrs. Rockefeller was known for being the driving force behind MOMA’s creation. It is nice that they named the sculpture garden for her.

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Eye On Design: Fluorescent Cactus Garden By Nobel Truong

Fluorescent Cactus Garden
All Photos By Gail

Laser cut from fluorescent green and fluorescent red acrylic, the Cactus Garden acts a both a day and night lighting fixture. The sculptures offer a subtle glow when in light thanks to the fluorescent material from which they are created.

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