Art

Deja-vu at the M.F.A….

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As I wandered in the galleries of the great Houston Museum of Fine Art last week, I came across two 17th Century paintings that I well remembered from visits to the museum more than a decade ago. Guido Reni’s “Saint James the Greater” and Simon Vouet’s “Saint Sebastian” are both masterpieces of painting produced in […]

“The Yellow Scale” in Houston…

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As I mentioned in a previous post, one of the great delights, for me, of touring across the States with a show is the opportunity to visit art museums from city to city. It’s a real interest of mine. For example, a few days ago I was halfway across the country exploring the San Diego […]

San Diego Museum of Art…

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For some reason, when I was in San Diego last year with “Mary Poppins”, I missed the San Diego Museum of Art. The opportunity to visit fine art museums in cities across the United States was one of the great gifts of being on tour for three years with the show. Now that I am […]

A Sargent Copyist…

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Earlier this year, I painted a picture in Pittsburgh while I was acting in “Private Lives” at the Public Theatre (bit of a tongue-twister there …”I painted a picture in Pittsburgh at Pappas’ Public play Private Lives!”) …Ahem. As I was saying, It is a copy, in oil, of John Singer Sargent’s “Eugene Juillerat”  – a […]

Sargent the Great…

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In the fall of 1997, I bought what would be the first of many, many books I would subsequently collect on the great turn of the century artist John Singer Sargent: Carter Ratcliff’s “Sargent”. In the years since that auspicious occasion it is safe to say that Sargent and his work have become one of […]