Before heading off to spend the week working on a farm in Tennessee with "friend of Colby" Kenny, we first made a pit-stop at the Frist Museum of Art in Nashville. Admittedly, the exhibition of Impressionist Art from the Musée d'Orsay in Paris currently on show didn't excite me-- I'm more of a contemporary-art kinda city slicker. All said, I ended up learning a number of new things and enjoyed the exhibit. I even caught glimpse of a distant Keller relative: my great-great-great-aunt " Le Comtesse de Keller" (Alexandre Cabanel, 1873). Too bad she spent all the family fortune on baguettes.
The curators did a good job of framing the radicalism of Impressionism in light of political upheaval in France during the period. Peter Watkin's film "La Commune" does an excellent job of exploring the promising but brief Paris Commune of 1871-- a film I recommend every leftie watch.
"Bonhomme!" Sing communard! Sing!