We have all experienced that wonderful feeling of running into old friends in the least expected of places. Well it happened in Montreal this past week. I rounded a corner, and there in front of me was someone whom I have know for years, but never had the chance to say hello to in person. This was not exactly a living person, but rather a painting by Briton Riviere of St George And The Dragon which I have looked at for years but never had the pleasure to see first hand until this past weekend. What a stunner!
|Briton Riviere St George And The Dragon
As you can imagine , it was thrilling to ‘discover’ this work, especially as I was only passing through the museum on a fast track with my two daughters in tow. And as much as my children do not mind their father dragging them to an art museum, I had to drop them off with their mother while I went back for a second, in depth, conversation with this work!
A few other wonderful discovers filled the same room as the Riviere, shown below. My apologies for the poor quality of the jpgs, I only had an older iPhone 4 with me at the time. This once again proves to me that no matter how much I think I know what to expect out of a museum I have visited many times over the years, inspirational discoveries are always lying in wait!
|Gabriel Max The Raising of Jairus’ Daughter
|Check out that fly on the young girl’s arm!
|Pascal Dagnan-Bouveret A sister piece to a work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
And to top it off, I had the pleasure to spend an evening with REAL friends (not the dead ones I visit too often in museums) whom I have not seen in a couple of years, Jean-Baptiste Monge and Margo! They live in the city of Montreal and were busy preparing prints, art and a new collection of Jean-Baptiste’s sketches for the Montreal ComicCon this coming weekend. Check out JB’s amazing work on his website, http://www.jbmonge.com , if you are not yet familiar with it, and order up his new book before they disappear!
|Jean-Baptiste, Donato and Margo