Monday, April 11, 2016

I: Impressionists and Isle Royale National Park



They used to call them coffee table books.  Do they still do that?  I have lots of them.  I love going to art museums, especially when there are special exhibits.  I've picked up several of these art collection books used.  Usually they are just a couple of bucks each.

If I have a favorite art period, it is the Impressionists.  I have been fortunate to have visited some of the foremost museums in the world.  But in the absence of actually visiting, one can enjoy the pictures in books.

Recently I was contacted by a website regarding a post I did on Diego Rivera.  If you would like to see art online, I suggest you check out artsy.net.

Are you an art lover?  Do you have any coffee table books?  What subjects are they about?

Isle Royale National Park
While up to this point I have actually visited the places I've blogged about, I have yet to visit Isle Royale.  And I doubt that I ever will.   While I enjoyed camping out in the wild when I was younger,  I am now more into 'spa days'.  The park re-opens on the 16 of April.  You have time to plan a trip, though it won't be a day trip.  The island is only accessible by boat, about a three hour ride.  Our Boy Scout troop often talked about going on a high adventure trip there, but I don't know if they ever made it.  Here is a link to a preview of a short film about the wolves and moose on the island.

This is the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service.


16 comments:

  1. I love art - I adore the National Gallery in London because their walking tour is amazing (or in my case, walk a little, find a seat and admire the paintings tour). The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is anther amazing one - my husband and I always try to visit whenever we get over to the Netherlands. Last time we went we were a bit sad because we had put a whole day aside to visit it, but we'd both come down with a horrible bug, so we only made it until lunch time.

    We have several coffee table books, but mostly they are in our library for safe keeping :). The special exhibition of The Pre-Raphs was amazing and we picked up one there. The thing I realised seeing the pictures up close and personal is that photos do not do the pre-raphs justice, however.
    Tasha
    Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

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    1. I am so looking forward to the Rijks. When we first talked of going they started the re-construction. Then 'life' happened and now we are finally making the trip.

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  2. We've been trying to live with less 'stuff' recently, which means selling, donating, and tossing. I had a number of coffee-table books, too, mostly art. My husband still has one on submarines.

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    1. I regret a lot of my de-cluttering. I am now out buying 'stuff' I gave away that my grandson can use. 'Stuff' that my kids said they didn't want and then six months later they asked for it. I've now decided that my kids can rid of 'stuff' when I'm gone.

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  3. I do love impressionism too! :) And yes, I think they still call them coffee table books.

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary
    MopDog

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  4. I have never been to the Isle Royale National Park, although it does sound lovely! I will have to add it to the list!
    @AllysePanaro from
    The Frog Lady

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  5. I am an art lover. I snag those art books that are unusual, I have one that features M.C. Escher.

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  6. No coffee table books in my library. I enjoy art galleries, though - have seen some surprising things in them. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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  7. I do have some coffee table books somewhere. We packed things up when we thought we were moving, or put away stuff because we had two little kids running around breaking everything, so I don't know where my coffee table books went. But I do love books about art. So relaxing to flip through. I didn't realize it was the 100th anniversary of the National Parks, that's so cool! Nice entry for the challenge. Best, Cynthia https://cynthiamvoss.wordpress.com/

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  8. I have no coffee table books...we don't have a coffee table, though!

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  9. Do I have coffee table books! I have tons especially in the art field. I have 3 books o e on the Romanesque period, another on the Gothic and the third on the Baroque. I have some travel books, film of course plus others. Love the beautiful pictures especially when the book is done by Taschen

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  10. I used to have coffee table books before I started downsizing. Most were National Geographic-types about African cultures.

    I have to ask, do you ever look through your art books?

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    1. I do get books out and look through them, but not as much as I used to. Right now my coffee table in the family room is covered with Charlie's toys and the one in the living room has all the books on the bottom with just silk flowers on top thanks to 'little fingers', lol. I foresee a winter when I am snowed in with just time on my hands.

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  11. I've been trying to downsize a bit so no more coffee table and some of the coffee table books have moved on but I do love art and have one for the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. I'm a big fan of the Impressionists so I'm really looking forward to visiting the National Gallery and Courtauld Gallery in London this summer. Enjoy the Challenge. I'll probably join in next year when I have fresh photos from England.

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    1. While my blogging recently has suffered in favor of my grandson, I am already planning my A to Z photos for next year. They will be about the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg.

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