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An Enchanting Evening of
Chamber Music and Impressionism
at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
September 14, 2013


The Met Museum is open late on Friday and Saturday evenings, and it’s only closed four days each year. As I usually do, I headed for the Balcony Bar for the ETHEL & Friends classical chamber concert, a glass of wine, and hors d’oeuvres. Tonight’s chamber trio was the Decoda ensemble, with Owen Dalby on violin, Meena Bhasin on viola, and Claire Bryant on cello. They played a selection of works by Bach, Balliet, Beethoven, and Mark O’Connor. It was an engaging concert, with the Saturday night guests enraptured. Views of glass cabinets of porcelain and rare objects enhance the experience. I dined on a trio of gazpachos. The musicians took turns in duo and trio fashion, depending on the works. Each was a maestro, as they presented contemporary, baroque, and romantic themes.

Following the balcony concert, and not having a pre-planned itinerary, this time, I found myself exploring the Robert Lehman Collection. Robert Lehman’s bequest to the Metropolitan Museum, of a collection that he developed over sixty years, includes 2600 Western European paintings, manuscripts, sculptures, drawings, enamels, antique frames, textiles, glass, and objects made of rare jewels. To appropriately showcase this massive collection, the Met Museum built a new wing in 1975, with a gallery that’s skylit, and rooms that evoke the Lehman residence. I focused on two large rooms of French Impressionist paintings, portraits, figures, and landscapes, by Sisley, Renoir, Vuillard, and Pissarro. For a Saturday night’s stroll, this collection was irresistible, transporting, and enchanting. The architecture of this Wing is spacious, with clean lines and classical structures. The courtyard and atrium were especially grand. I look forward to exploring this Wing further on upcoming visits.

Following the Lehman Collection, I took the special elevator to the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden. They serve cocktails in the evening, and the twilight views were magnificent, of Central Park and its surrounding Avenues and skyline. I didn’t linger, as there was an early seasonal chill, but I made a mental note to return for a balmier sunset. On previous visits, I have always arrived at the 2nd Floor European paintings toward closing time, so tonight I allowed the final hour and minutes to leisurely soak up their ambiance. This floor houses magnificent, eclectic rooms of centuries of art, with adjoining walkways of Rodin sculptures and intriguing gift shops. As I was in an Impressionist mood, I focused on Degas, Renoir, Manet, Monet, and, again, Pissarro. On future visits, I’ll make time for the Bonnard room and the Rodin sculptures, two of my favorite collections on the floor, plus the Sackler Wing and Temple of Dendur, exquisite in magnified spotlights. I highly recommend spending a Friday or Saturday evening at the Met Museum, which can be a magical, mystical adventure. The chamber music can be heard, upon entering the Great Hall, starting at 5:00 PM, a great beginning to a lovely evening with music, wine, rooftop views, and fine art.



ETHEL and Friends Presents:
Decoda Chamber Trio
Owen Dalby, Violin
Meena Bhasin, Viola
Claire Bryant, Cello
On the Met Museum Great Hall Balcony
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



ETHEL and Friends Presents:
Decoda Chamber Trio
Owen Dalby, Violin
Meena Bhasin, Viola
Claire Bryant, Cello
On the Met Museum Great Hall Balcony
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Robert Lehman Wing
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



"Allée of Chestnut Trees", Alfred Sisley
(British, Paris 1839-1899 Moret-sur-Loing)
Date: 1878
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower


"The Harvest, Pontoise (La Récolte, Pontoise)", Camille Pissarro
(French, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas 1830-1903 Paris)
Date: 1881
Robert Lehman Collection,1975
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower


"Young Girl Bathing", Auguste Renoir
(French, Limoges 1841-1919 Cagnes-sur-Mer)
Date:1892
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Robert Lehman Wing
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



Atrium in Robert Lehman Wing
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



"Two Girls at the Piano", Auguste Renoir
(French, Limoges 1841-1919 Cagnes-sur-Mer)
Date: 1892
Robert Lehman Collection,1975
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




"The Small Drawing-Room: Mme. Hesset at Her Sewing Table", Édouard Vuillard
(French, Cuiseaux 1868-1940 La Baule)
Date: 1917
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Courtes of Roberta Zlokower



View from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



"The Garden of the Tuileries on a Winter Afternoon", Camille Pissarro
(French, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas 1830-1903 Paris)
Date: 1899
European Paintings, 2nd Floor, 1979
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower


"The Garden of the Tuileries on a Spring Afternoon", Camille Pissarro
(French, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas 1830-1903 Paris)
Date: 1899
European Paintings, 2nd Floor, 1992
Courtes of Roberta Zlokower


"The Garden of the Tuileries on a Winter Afternoon", Camille Pissarro
(French, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas 1830-1903 Paris)
Date: 1899
European Paintings, 2nd Floor, Accession Number: 66.36
Courtes of Roberta Zlokower




"Washerwoman Study", Camille Pissarro
French, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas 1830-1903 Paris)
Date: 1880
European Paintings, 2nd Floor, Accession Number: 56.184.1
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower


"Côte des Grouettes, near Pontoise" Camille Pissarro
(French, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas 1830-1903 Paris)
Date: probably 1878
European Paintings, 2nd Floor, Accession Number: 1991.277.2
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower


"Two Young Peasant Women", Camille Pissarro
(French, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas 1830-1903 Paris)
Date: 1892
European Paintings, 2nd Floor, Accession Number: 1973.311.5
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower




"Bather in the Woods", Camille Pissarro
(French, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas 1830-1903 Paris)
Date: 1895
European Paintings, 2nd Floor, Accession Number: 29.100.126
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



"Rue de l'Épicerie, Rouen (Effect of Sunlight)
Camille Pissarro (French, Charlotte Amalie, Saint Thomas 1830-1903 Paris)
Date: 1898
European Paintings, 2nd Floor, Accession Number: 60.5
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



"Garden at Sainte-Adresse", Claude Monet
(French, Paris 1840-1926 Giverny)
Date: 1867
European Paintings, 2nd Floor, Accession Number: 67.241
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



"La Grenouillère", Claude Monet
(French, Paris 1840-1926 Giverny)
Date: 1869
European Paintings, 2nd Floor, Accession Number: 29.100.112
Courtesy of Roberta Zlokower



For more information, contact Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower at zlokower@bestweb.net