Day 6: 31 Days of Pandas

Visiting London is not all about frosting, you know. Even though there are many cuppycake emporiums in London and we are JUST SAYING that it would not be a terrible reason to go there, even if some people think walking for hours all over the city and looking at stuff is a worthwhile endeavor…oh! Heh! I do get carried away when I think about frosting…..but 31 days of pandas takes us to many other places, don’t cha know! Like…

Art Museums!

There are like a gazillion art museums in and around London, and we went to a whole bunch of them. My favorite has always been The Tate Britain. I have been to The Tate Modern, but…well, it’s not my cup of tea. Give me the 19th century when it comes to painting.

Here’s Mini Bob with one of his favorite paintings, which visited  Seattle about 17 years ago. It’s a study for John Singer Sargent’s infamous portrait of Madame X, the finished version resides in New York City at the Metropolitan Art Museum.

31 days

I remember this painting but with a different model…

Recently, another painting, purported to be by Sargent, was discovered. This one, while similar in pose and costume, was of an altogether different model.

Portait of the mysterious "Madame 'P' "

Portait of the mysterious “Madame ‘P’ “

Meanwhile, back at the panda satire ranch….

Panda on!
Bob T Panda

8 thoughts on “Day 6: 31 Days of Pandas

  1. debbie

    Well if this doesn’t make me think of a curvy Mei! No wonder Tian can’t keep his hands off! Happy Anniversary to them both.

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Rumor has it, the model was an ancestor of Babette de Panda’s, who came to Paris in the late 1800s.

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Not only that, she was the darling of many of the painters of the day, and they used to fight over who would get her to model for them next. Sargent and Whistler exchanged many an angry word over her. Or, at least, that’s what some people are saying.

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        1. Panda in Chief Post author

          Heaven knows, I am not getting rich drawing pandas, even if I am ever hopeful. I don’t want to be president, though. Even I know I’m not qualified. Unlike some…oh…wait…never mind.

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Mine too. I’m getting ready to do the other paintings that I need for the book. I’ve got some great ones planned. Glad you like Madame ‘P’. She holds a special place in my heart.

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