Once in the Museum, we noticed that a free guided tour of the Art Of The Americas wing would start shortly. My long-time readers know, at this point, how much I love guided tours, and you also know that my husband spoils me rotten when it comes to to things of this nature. Since we have declared September as our vacation month, I particularly felt that we should do something a little differently, so taking a tour offered a perfect plan!
Although John took several photographs during the tour (as well as taking excellent notes), I've decided against commenting on every piece the docent showed us. (After all, being on vacation extends to my blogging activities.) I will, therefore, discuss three pieces that I liked. Happily, I liked one from the 18th Century, one from the 19th and one from the 20th, so I can give a good representation of the tour without wading through too many details.
The Puritans of the 18th Century, while they didn't frown on painting entirely, tended to channel their artistic energies toward carpentry so that they created beautiful furniture. This stunning bookcase and desk demonstrates the Rhode Island love of the sea through its shell design:
this link from the Museum of Fine Arts page on Lane.
The tour concluded with one of my favorite 20th Century paintings, Georgia O'Keefe's 1927 White Rose With Larkspur No. 2. I love the piece even more knowing that it hung over her bed until she gave it to the Museum in the 1950s.