STUDY TOURS PAGE: Abroad — Around the U.S. — Around Central Texas
STUDY TOURS ABROAD Destinations chosen for significant art historical interest, particularly including special exhibitions and concentrations of material from the "modern" period--eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: museum collections, historic houses and other sites
Paul Gauguin, Beside the Sea, 1887
FALL 2018: AMSTERDAM: History, Art & Artists
September 28-October 7, 2018
Golden Age artists and sites, excursions, the best of Amsterdam, Van Gogh and modern Dutch artists, and a special exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum about Gauguin & Martinique (Karen's dissertation topic), organized around pictures Theo van Gogh bought from Gauguin that remained in his collection, were inherited by his nephew, and are now in the museum that he built.
8-day tour checklist (no particular sequence intended):
Rembrandtshuis + Rijksmuseum + key churches
Van Gogh Museum + architecture of contemporary architect, Berlage: Beurs + American Hotel
Excursion to The Hague: Mauritshuis, Gemeentemuseum, Panorama at Scheveningen
Excursion to Hoge Veluwe Park: St Hubertus Hunting Lodge, Kröller-Müller Museum
Excursion to Delft to explore Vermeer sites and Porceleyne Fles, oldest blue-and-white pottery
Anne Frank House + Amsterdam Hermitage
Van Gogh, Mondrian, and the Dutch landscape
Free day for personal choices, shopping
"Gauguin and Martinique" opens at the Van Gogh Museum October 5, 2018; if we can get ourselves invited to the press opening, we'll go earlier!
Late-day events: Rembrandt Walk; performance in world-famous Concertgebouw
Good background reading:
• Simon Schama, The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age (1987)
• Russell Shorto, Amsterdam: A History of the World's Most Liberal City (2013) EXCELLENT intro to A'dam and the Dutch
• Mariët Westermann, A Worldly Art: The Dutch Republic, 1585-1718 (2005)
• Kees Kaldenbach, Pilgrimage through Life: Travelling in the Footsteps of Vincent van Gogh (1990)
Flyer+registration form (at left): TOUR COST, DETAILS, DEADLINES ALL PLACES FILLED AS OF MARCH 26; please send an email to join the short waitlist
FROM CHESTER, important sites across the north: Liverpool: Lady Lever Gallery and Walker Art Gallery (major collections of Pre-Raphaelites) Holywell: St Winefride's Well, one of Wales' Seven Wonders, a pilgrimage site since 660 Basingwerk Abbey (1131), a Cistercian foundation patronized by Welsh nobility Valle Crucis, Wales' last Cistercian abbey Conwy Castle, one of the castles of Edward I (1283), a World Heritage Site Llandudno, major seaside town of the north Bodnant Garden, "the Welsh Garden of Eden" Menai Bridge, an engineering triumph of the 19th century Caernarfon Castle, home to the investiture of the Princes of Wales Snowdonia, Wales' famous mountain, scenic views of Capel Curig Powis Castle, a "survivor" famed for family wealth and exotic collections
FROM ABERYSTWYTH via scenic Pembrokeshire Coastal Path: Picton Castle (c. 1300), a stately home with 25 species in the Secret Owl Garden St David's (shrine of Wales' patron saint), St Non's Well, St Govan's Head and Chapel Devil's Bridge, inspiration for a Wordsworth poem Llandrindod: Victorian spa town
FROM HAY-ON-WYE: Cardiff--National Gallery of Wales, Llandaff Cathedral (Rossetti triptych, The Seed of David; Burne-Jones organ case) Tintern Abbey, one of Wales' greatest monastic ruins, a subject of Turner Swansea--Dylan Thomas Center
FREE DAY in Hay-on-Wye, world-renowned "Town of Books"
Gloucester Cathedral on the way to Heathrow; overnight there for easy departures the next day
Detailed Itinerary and Registration Information are in the works. Feel free to express your interest now to secure a place in this small-group study tour.
This is a tour for physically active travelers; three hotels and chartered coach transportation will allow visits to all parts of Wales and the magnificent scenery of its mountainous topography
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Jonathan Adams, Millennium Center opera house, Cardiff
STUDY TOURS ABROAD: Additional Destinations in the Works
German Art & History Along the Mighty Rhine Cologne to Munich, possibly via cruise
Ireland of the Celts Castles, monasteries, libraries, and museums with focus on the sites and monuments resonant of the times of the Celts and Celtic reverberations in later times
Vienna: Old Masters to Modernity Great art museums, splendid architecture, and a powerful musical heritage
Book of Kells, c. 800 (Trinity College, Dublin): Book of John, incipit
TOURS AROUND THE U. S. Long weekends in spring and fall, with focus on major art collections and historic architecture Group arrangements include historic hotels and special receptions
The 2018 Friends Tour: Great Houses of the Hudson River tour members in Rhinebeck at the Beekman Arms, once run by an ancestor of our friend, Hal Bogardus
SPRING 2019 -- April 24-29, 2019 North Carolina: History, & Architecture, Tidewater to the Blue Ridge FRIENDS OF THE NEILL-COCHRAN HOUSE MUSEUM STUDY TOUR #15
Details appear in the 2-page flyer at left.
Arrangements by Karen Bluethman Heart of Texas Tours on behalf of the Neill-Cochran House Museum
DAYTRIPS in Central Texas Chartered coach transportation, lunch, museum admissions, snacks, handouts. Email to reserve; follow with your check.
Cancellations because of illness, etc., are understandable; however, a flurry of last-minute cancellations can make it impossible to meet the budget. Same-week cancellations may not be eligible for refunds. You are always welcome to give your place to a friend.
Charles Demuth, Buildings, 1930
END-OF-THE-YEAR DAYTRIP: Dallas Museum of Art
Planned date: Saturday, December 1, 2018
Three Special Exhibitions:
"An Enduring Legacy: TheMcDermott Collection of Impressionist and Modern Art" Exhibition dedicated to the single largest benefactors in the Museum’s history, the late Margaret and Eugene McDermott, visionary patrons of the arts, education, and healthcare in Dallas. This exhibition presents their final bequest of 32 artworks to benefit the DMA, including works by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Sisley, Signac, Picasso . . .
"Cult of the Machine: Precisionism in American Art"
Key paintings by American Precisionists such as Charles Sheeler, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Charles Demuth, and iconic works by the masters of straight photography such as Paul Strand, Berenice Abbott, and Edward Steichen characterize a fascinating focus of visual artists between the world wars
"Ida O'Keeffe: Escaping Georgia's Shadow" 50 works by Georgia O'Keeffe's older sister revealing a distinct artistic identity
Short visit to Thanks-Giving Square (Philip Johnson, 1976)
Details at left; send an email to express your interest in participating
10 spots left as of September 5
Arrangements as usual: chartered coach, snacks, music, discussion, lunch, admissions--all included
Back to Dallas for a very special exhibition: "Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist"
This international exhibition is dedicated to one of the founding members of the French Impressionist movement, Berthe Morisot. Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist will focus on the artist’s treatment of the modern figure through approximately 60 paintings from public and private collections around the world.
Additional itinerary elements TBA -- possibly the Meadows @ SMU, or time for Nasher and Crow Collections
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