Max Beckmann in North America

Max Beckmann, 1884-1950, German from an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY in 2016 and from collections in New York, Washington, DC, Chicago and St. Louis     Max Beckmann, become gaunt, suffered a fatal heart attack crossing Central Park in  December 1950.  He was going to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to […]

Colour Reset, 2018

Winterthur, Delaware, February 2016.  Photo taken by Mark Detwiler, a fellow traveler in these natural realms.   Below a partial view of flowering plants at Winterthur in late April and very early May 2018.        Spirea  Bridal wreath spirea below flowers of a Wilson pearlbush Spirea with lilac       Korean Spice Viburnum, fragrant […]

George A. Weymouth: the eye of a realist

 George A. (Frolic) Weymouth, 1936-2016, American     George A. Weymouth, affectionately called ‘Frolic’ by friends, was an exceptionally fortunate man.   A member of the American du Pont family who settled in 1802 on the Brandywine River outside Wilmington, Delaware; and whose philanthropic bequests to the nation are beyond quantifying;    a friend of the […]

Orchids: a continuing fever

Orchids at Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, 2009 – 2018 and at the Philadelphia Flower Show years without number Longwood Gardens:  pleasure gardens, conservatory and research establishment left by Pierre S. du Pont, 1870-1954. The Philadelphia Flower Show takes place in March every year and is a fundraiser for the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.        Epiphytic orchids which […]


Do I Move You? Nina Simone, 1933-2003, American.           From Nina Simone Sings the Blues, Version II, 2006       Longwod Gardens, Pennsylvania, one of the land legacies left by members of the du Pont Family to public access for pleasure and research,  point out that blue is the rarest colour for […]

Painted in Black, White and Grey

The Three Brothers, oil on canvas, 1964.  Will Barnett, 1911-2012, Philadelphia Art Museum   The artist had a career of 80 years and, having cycled through most of the styles of his age, came at last to figuration.  A lovely painting of the mysterious, ambiguous, guarded, alert relationship between siblings.     Romaine Brooks 1874-1970, […]

David Bowie in Memory

January 9, 2018   Wild is the Wind ………………….don’t you know you’re life itself     Tomorrow is the second anniversary of David Bowie’s death. It is David Bowie week in Philly this week with celebrations in many venues.  It was just outside the city that David Bowie recorded his first live album – David […]