There are two popular and important exhibits in the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco right now.  One of them is Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cezanne & Beyond – Post Impressionist paintings from the D’Orsay which is at the DeYoung Museum now and the other is Japanesque – Japanese Prints and the Impressionists.  These prints are from the collection of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

I have tickets to see the Van Gogh etc. on Tuesday and I recently went to the Japanese Prints exhibit at the Legion of Honor Museum.  It was really crowded and I found it hard to really look at the Japanese prints and read about them but strangely enough the crowd thinned as we got to the galleries with the prints made by the impressionist and post-impressionist artists.  The influence of the Japanese printmakers really added a special kind of energy to the European and American artists of that period.  This is evident not only in their prints but in some of their paintings as well

I’m looking forward to seeing the post-impressionist work on Tuesday.  The first part of the exhibit, The Birth of Impressionism, was beautiful.  The Musee D’Orsay is being remodeled and so these works are able to travel and we are lucky to have them  here.

Lithograph by Toulouse-Lautrec   “LaClownesse”