Went to the Morgan Library for a final visit at the Rousseau show again. Snuck some photos for humanity’s sake. Details to follow if I get a copy of the catalog before the cease-and-desist letters pour in.
Rousseau is one of my favorites. He’s a contemporary of Corot’s and a bit of a second-run with the Salon. As such, he retreated a bit and subsequently ended up selling a lot of work to Americans. The Morgan was able to draw a luscious little exhibition of 60 works, mostly on paper, entirely from New England collections.
If you’re in NYC, it’s up for another week. Through December 20th, I believe.
Among his less savory qualities, he's a poor sport, a sore loser and ill fitted for honest labor. He makes bad friends and worse decisions. Animals avoid him and children despise him. He's been known to drink to excess, carry on with seditious talk and leer at women. He's a coward, a card cheat and a known liar.
Mrs. Call's second grade class said perhaps all that needed to be said about Larsen.In a moment of vindication and possibly clarity, Call would add to Larsen's permanent record that he was a bit of a dreamer and that Larsen was "an excellent student but his grades trailed off in the final semester."True, Larsen was filled with promise and saddled as starry-eyed but one can't help but notice that Call's inability to chisel this raffish diamond-in-rough wasn't also a clerical trick to distance herself from the responsibility of the 'Nurture' debate.She also said he was "prompt".She wasn't wrong.
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