What a wonderful thing to run into the museum and have an absinthe again with friends….

The Philadelphia Art Museum has reopened with restricted hours after closing for a major expansion of its galleries and because of Covid-19.


What a pleasure to run in and have a little absinthe with old friends.





Interior of a Tavern, oil on canvas, 1886.

Peter Severin Kroyer, 1851-1909, Danish.  Philadelphia Art Museum




A Corner of the Moulins de la Galette, 1892, oil on cardboard. 

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1864-1901, French.  National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC






Although you wonder whether a rosy flush on the Lady Elibank’s cheeks  and her somewhat distracted look is a tipple she has been enjoying even in our absence!



Portrait of Lady Elibank, c. 1805, oil on canvas. 

Sir Henry Raeburn, 1756-1823, Scottish.  Philadelphia Art Museum




And  you walk down a half-lit corridor to greet again the two walking in moonlight even at high noon.



Carnival Evening, 1886, oil on canvas. 

Henri Rousseau, 1844-1910, French.  Philadelphia Museum of Art




Thank goodness, you think:  good friends of so many years………