Worcester Art Museum
Worcester to West Haven, CT—103 mi, 1:41
Today's plan was tricky. My objective was to see the Worcester Art Museum, in Worcester, Massachusetts, on the way from Portland, Maine, to West Haven Connecticut. That's three states, plus the highway also crosses the southeast corner of New Hampshire.
|Portland to Worcester to New Haven|
Worcester's art museum turned out to be even more interesting than I expected. It has art through the ages and around the world, but we skipped the Asian, Mayan, and Medieval sections, and focused on traditional art of Europe and America. Their collection is limited but high quality.
They got my respect right away by having a seascape by Hubert Robert. One of my favorite painters, Robert specialized in scenes of Roman ruins. I've never run across a seascape by him in our travels, and the museum agrees that this is probably the only one he painted; it was commissioned as interior decor for a chateau in France. It is about 8 feet tall and a spotlight created a glare, but I wanted to include this record shot.
|Hubert Robert, 1733-1808|
The Shipwreck, n.d.
|Jean-Baptiste Greuze, 1725-1805|
Le Geste Napolitain, 1757
|Camille Pissarro, 1830-1903|
L'Ille Lacrois A Rouen, 1883
|Paul Signac, 1863-1935|
Golfe Juan, 1896
|Paul Gauguin, 1848-1903|
The Brooding Woman, 1891
|Vasily Kandinsky, 1866-1944|
Untitled Painting, 1936
|Boris Grigoriev, 1886-1939|
Portrait of the Artist's Son, 1920
|Alice Neel, 1900-1984|
Julie and Aristotle, 1967
|Beauford Delaney, 1901-1979|
Portrait of Gaylord, 1944
|Alex Katz, b. 1927|
Ada with Sunglasses, 1969
Ellsworth Kelly followed the path of abstraction but he replaced whimsy and and expressiveness with rigorous statements about the fundamentals of shape, space, and color.
|Ellsworth Kelly, b. 1923|
Orange White, 1961
During the 1930s Worcester Art Museum had an opportunity to collaborate with four other art institutions in archaeological explorations in Antioch, a town established by Alexander the Great about 300 years B.C. in what is now Syria. The institutions divvied up the loot, and Worcester got several excellent mosaics that were created about five centuries later in the 200s A.D. The museum built the Renaissance court to exhibit them.
|Worcester Hunt Mosaic, 3rd century A.D.|
|Detail of Hunt Mosaic|
|Mosaic Border from House of the Sundial|
We were lucky to meet a couple of other people who knew something about art. We got into an interesting chat with a well-traveled senior with a gentlemanly bearing, trading tips about where to see our favorite artists. There was also a guard there who knew quite a bit about art and was eager to share it. Maybe I felt more chatty after we got back in the states.
We didn't pull ourselves away from there until 4 p.m. Captain Dan was afraid that rush-hour traffic on a Friday would be terrible, but by taking a route that skirted Hartford, we sailed right into West Haven with very little traffic, arriving a little after 6 p.m.
The Best Western Executive motel upgraded our reservation to a Deluxe King on the 7th floor, but it is right by the elevator.
We had dinner at the Texas Roadhouse, on the property next to our motel, a very popular place with very loud country music. The food was okay; I was sorry I ate the big puffy hot roll, because it made me feel hot and puffy, too. Dan's steak was okay. My veggie side dishes were okay. It is food for people who like fatty and spicy.