We have visited art museums in London, Amsterdam, and Paris. I’ve made some sketches as we went along. Yesterday I decided to try to summarize my sketches with a small watercolor painting. This is my tongue-in-cheek experience of art museums.
The unfortunate truth is that during the tourist season one often looks at the backs of other people’s heads rather than the art. Museums have a difficult task. Their space is too small for the large collections. Therefore, they must hang as many pieces as possible in somewhat crowded fashion to accommodate the demands of the public to see the works. Also, most tourists travel to these oases of art during a few months of the year. Often the result is overcrowding. The National Gallery in London is an exception. For the most part they have large rooms and hang the works well spaced.
For the visitor the better solution is to visit museums when there are fewer visitors. I imagine that the art museums of Europe would offer better viewing in January or February. Perhaps we will try that on a trip when we are not planning on doing a great deal of plein air painting. In the mean time I couldn’t resist having a bit of fun with this painting.