Inspector Panda immersed in Art

Every once in a while I like to remind myself that I do know a bit about art, despite the fact that  many (ok, most) of the art history slide lectures I sat through caused me to…um…doze off. What can I say? It was dark, the room was warm, and my art history prof had such a deep, soothing voice.

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I have this strange sense of deja vu...

I have this strange sense of deja vu…

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23 thoughts on “Inspector Panda immersed in Art

    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      I couldn’t resist. There will be a few more Hopper references to come. Can’t waste my MFA, now, can I?

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  1. Vicky Vladic

    I am learning so much about art! Thanks to the above comments I just googled Edward Hopper 🙂
    I can’t wait for more – but I fear it may be a long wait before Inspector Panda leaves the diner!

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      I blush to admit that I am rather “northern hemisphere centric” and I forget that not all artists are famous world wide. I know there is much about South America, let alone Australia and New Zealand that I know nothing about. I do know that two of my all time favorite children’s author/illustrators are from Australia: Graeme Base and Shaun Tan (not to be confused with Tai Shan, who is a panda) They are brilliant both in their story ideas, which are wildly creative to say the least, but their illustrations are among the most outstanding I have ever seen.

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  2. Jeanie

    Brilliant! This is just so wonderful. 🙂 🙂 And thank you for the nice out when I’m busted reading a comic at work, “Comic? Why, I’m merely improving my knowledge of art history. “

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  3. Cara

    Wonderful! The art history vibe is fabulous, but would you look at Mr Wu in his cute mini tench coat? And the tape on his ear……

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      I like to think that I have not wasted seven years in art school. Mr Wu does look adorable in his trench coat, doesn’t he?

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  4. Ann Feldman

    Hmmm. A print of Hopper’s Early Sunday Morning was displayed in my father’s medical office my whole childhood. (Likely it reminded him of the neighborhood he grew up in)…but I don’t recall ever seeing a Panda in the picture!

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      Um… I believe Hopper did several versions of this painting. Obviously your father had a reproduction of the one with out pandas.

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  5. Ann Feldman

    Come to think of it, one of my favorite paintings of all time is John Sloan’s “Chinese Restaurant”. Google it and you will see why 😉

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    1. Panda in Chief Post author

      I can see why! John Sloan did some absolutely marvelous paintings. I also love “McSorley’s Bar” which I got to see in a 100th anniversary show of the 1913 Armory show in NY last fall, at the NY Historical Society. (I also got to see the painting by Charles Hopkinson of his three daughters, which I did a copy of for our 98th anniversary of the Armory show two years earlier. I must say, I am a damn good art forger.)

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      1. Ann Feldman

        It can be fun and educational to copy a painting. When I was in high school I made a copy of Chagall’s “I and My Village” in poster paint. I still find it a fascinating painting and I learned a lot by copying it.

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        1. Panda in Chief Post author

          You definitely do learn a lot by copying a painting. It is nowhere as easy as people think it would be. I really enjoy it a lot, and have done Sargent, Vermeer, Degas, Whistler, among others. I am about to do a copy of a Thomas W. Dewing, one of the American impressionists. I got to see the painting I am about to copy on a trip to NYC last year. One of my goals/bucket list items is to paint a copy in a museum from the actual painting, rather than a photograph. You can do this at the National Gallery in DC. I am investigating how to get on the “list”

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      2. sparshall

        I love Sloan’s Chinese Restaurant too, for obvious reasons. I don’t know why American restaurants are so persnickety about allowing animals (live ones, that is). A cat would vastly improve the ambience of most eateries. Jerry and I once ate in a little Scottish roadside restaurant that had seagulls wandering in and out. We sat by a window that overlooked the kitchen and saw seagulls in there too. I came down with a nasty infection afterward and spent two days in bed when we got back to Edinburgh, but I’m sure that was just a coincidence.

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        1. Panda in Chief Post author

          I’m sure it was just a coincidence. I love being in France and Italy and seeing dogs and cats enjoying the festive occasion of dining out. I hadn’t known that sloan painting before, but it’s a wonderful painting.

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        2. Ann feldman

          Years ago in NYC several of our favorite restaurants had cats. Then the city got strict about it, so no more. Too bad! They were organic rodent control too. We once ate in a place near Verona that had birds all over. If there were leftovers on the table, likes spaghetti, the crows would grab it.

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