She is in the Philadelphia Art Museum. He in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
When I went to the Philadelphia Museum, I told her that I had located him. She was so happy.
The guard told me to step back because I was too close to her.
Portrait, 1912, painted oil on canvas by Alexei von Jawlensky, 1864- 1941, Russian Expressionist active in Germany. Philadelphia Museum of Art.
When I saw him at the Metropolitan Museum of Art I leaned forward and showed him this photo of her and asked him if he had been looking for her. “Yes,” he said. “ Where is she? Can you take me to her?”
The guard told me to step back because I was too close to him.
A portrait of Andre Derain, 1906, oil on cardboard, by Maurice de Vlaminck, French, 1876-1958. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
The first he ever saw her was in a park in Berlin on a hot, hot day. She was camouflaged in the flora.
Mme. Kupka among The Verticals, 1910-11, and detail. Oil on canvas. Frantisek Kupka, 1871-1957, Czech. MOMA, NY
He watched and followed as she emerged onto a path. He approached. It was love at first sight.
Lady in a Park, 1914, oil on canvas. August Macke, 1887-1914. MOMA, New York. 2016
No sooner had their affair begun when the park lovers had to flee Germany. War had come. They both separately reached the United States. They were separated until now.
The two, who are close in age, spend much time now on the bus between the two cities because they are still on display in their separate cities during open hours at each museum.
So glad. They will be steaming up the museum corridors dancing a fiery tango. The museum is so staid………….
When the guards start work in the morning, they will be puzzled by dried flecks of paint up and down the corridors. Slivers of wood also.
The Lovers (After the Rain), and detail, 1925, enamel paint and oil on canvas. Francis Picabia, 1879-1953. Musee d’Art Modern de la Ville de Paris, on exhibit at MOMA, NY in the winter of 2016/2017