The American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is about to reopening to the public after being closed for renovation for the last four years. The architects of the renovation are Roche Dinkeloo Architects of Hamden, Ct. The renovation has actually occurred in several phases over a longer period of time. The Courtyard has been finished and open for some time, it's actually the painting galleries that will reopen to the public on Monday January 16th. I took my son and my nephew to the museum last weekend, and we were very sad that the painting galleries were closed. The American Impressionist paintings are my favorite things to see in the museum. I never tire of seeing the wonderful large portraits by Sargent, Chase, Whistler, and others If you can't get to the museum in person, don't worry, the museum has a fabulous website with images of most of their collection on line. What a great resource for aspiring artists, or connoisseurs. here are some of my all time favorites.
The above paintings are all by John Singer Sargent. His portraits are mostly of the high society elite of the day. But I love how Sargent made their personalities so vivid. You almost feel as if you know these people.
James McNeill Whistler
William Merritt Chase