Luncheon of the Pumpkin Party

Photo courtesy of Fred Talcott.

During the museum’s blowout 90th anniversary kickoff weekend this past January, I struck up conversation with a very interesting gentleman named Fred Talcott. Among other things, Mr. Talcott is part of a pumpkin carving group that has a very artistic approach to making jack’o lanterns—see the above rendition of Luncheon of the Boating Party with a Halloween theme! The pumpkin carving festival goes on through mid-day today. For more information on where to see these artsy pumpkins, visit The Holtorf Pumpkin Association’s website. Happy Halloween!

Amanda Jiron-Murphy, In-Gallery Interpretation and Public Programs Coordinator

The Artist Sees Differently: Michelle Lisa Herman

Michelle Lisa Herman, Digital Media Manager

Photo: Michelle Lisa Herman

How did you learn about the Phillips?

Well, I guess I first learned about The Phillips Collection in high school in Fort Lauderdale, FL, at the Dillard Center for the Arts, when I took AP Art History. I was familiar with some of the works in The Phillips Collection that I would come across in my textbooks, though I didn’t get to actually visit until I started college at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. My friends and I would make pilgrimages here as often as we could to see exhibitions at The Phillips Collection and other museums in the area.

Do you feel you are inspired by the Phillips art?

Just being surrounded by thousands of works of art is inspiring in itself, but the energy that The Phillips Collection has makes it an even more enjoyable experience as an artist.

What do you listen to as you create?

I usually would say my “Trinity”: Tori Amos, Ani DiFranco, and Björk. But lately, Björk has been taking the lead. I also listen to a good amount of indie, electronica, and foreign pop. Continue reading “The Artist Sees Differently: Michelle Lisa Herman” »

Happy Birthday Gustave Caillebotte!

Gustave Caillebotte circled in red in the foreground. Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919), Luncheon of the Boating Party, 1881. Oil on canvas, 51 ¼ x 69 1/8 inches. The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Acquired 1923.

The National Gallery in London reminded us that it’s Gustave Caillebotte’s birthday today. An artist in his own right, Caillebotte was a good friend of Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The fellow artists were so close that Renoir painted a youthful portrait of Caillebotte in the foreground of his celebrated Luncheon of the Boating Party. Spot him above, sitting backwards in his chair and dressed in a flat-topped boater hat. He’s grouped with the actress Angèle and the Italian journalist Maggiolo.

Learn more about the personalities in Renoir’s painting in this Who’s Who in the Boating Party.