Legion of Honor Museum -12/30/08

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A sculpture by Picasso

A Picasso painting


Water Lilies

Claude Monet, artist, French, 1840 - 1926

This painting was painted toward the end of his life, his eyesight deteriorated, but despite his failing vision, he continued to paint until his death. His last years were preoccupied by his grand cycles of water lily paintings.

Close up at Monet's signature.

The Impresario, circa 1877

Edgar Degas, artist, French, 1834 - 1917

Edgar Degas developed a passionate interest for accuracy in his forms. He met Manet in 1861, who introduced him to the impressionism and allowed him to participate in most of their exhibitions. Despite the tendency of the Impressionists to favor landscapes, Degas is most recognized by his painting of female dancers. Degas is also known for his sculptures, which he created out of wax and clay originally, but were cast in bronze after his death.

I am not sure who this painting is from but it is pretty nice.

Sir Duncan Campbell, Scot Guards, circa 1815

Sir Henry Raeburn, artist, Scottish, 1756 - 1823


 Hoa really likes this picture even though it is blurry.  He told me that when you look at this picture,  the museum has an image of stillness and will remain permanently here, and in contrast the people are changing, moving or passing by day after day...

Andrew, Kevin and Spencer.  Not sure if they really enjoy the museum but at least they did not complaint.



This is the view of the garden and the bay as soon as you walk out of the Museum.  It is a really gorgeous view.

Statue of El Cid, military hero of Spain. El Cid sits in front of the Palace of the Legion of Honor, created by sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington.

Across the street from the Museum there is a Holocaust Memorial


Sculptor George Segal created this controversial memorial to remind us of mans powerful inhumanity. Installed in 1984, the scene depicts a mound of decaying plaster bodies, next to which a man stares out over the beauty of the ocean in front of him. The scene is set behind a barbed wire cell with a stale concrete backdrop, and a memorial plaque resides on the opposite side. Flowers and letters are quite often found among the sculpture as a haunting homage to those who were persecuted.

Sculptor George Segal's "The Holocaust" (1984) consists of 11 figures cast in bronze and painted white, imprisoned behind a barbed-wire fence

Close up at the memorial plaque. The Holocaust Memorial is a powerful symbol of the six million victims of the Holocaust. It is a monument that pledges its existence to "the creation of a world in which such evil and such apathy will not be tolerated."

View of the entrance of the museum.




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