My virtual museum


I could start with a small Renoir. Emil Bührle collection at the Maillol museum. 2019.

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Claude Monet in his workshop at Giverny. The workshop has remained very much the same. The paintings have been replaced by – very good – copies. Most of the originals are at Orsay I believe.


“Love your world”. Latin quarter, Paris, 2019. To the right is a portrait of Tintin as an old gentleman.

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I wouldn’t mind a little Rodin.


Baroness D. c. 1930, by Kees Van Dongen (1877-1968). Van Dongen was a Dutch painter who came to Montmartre in the early 20th century, experimenting with the “new crowd”. He later made a good living painting celebrities such as the Baroness D. or eventually, Brigitte Bardot. I wonder why the heirs of the Baroness felt necessary to dispose of her portrait? Short on cash maybe?


A Paris interior  by Willy Ronis in the 50’s. Most see Paris as glamour and glitter. It was – is – not always like that. I remember the dark sooty buildings in the late 50’s and early 60’s. You want another “eye”? Try François Truffaut’s first movie “Les 400 coups”, the 400 blows. See the flat where Antoine lives before being sent away.


Back to “my” museum. A Cézanne perhaps? The boy with the red vest. Bührle collection, Maillol museum last year.


Van Gogh? Tempting, but a tad expensive. Atelier des lumières, Paris, 2019. I hope they will be able to open their new show this summer.


Stay young, stay slim, October 1936, by Dora Maar. Most certainly wouldn’t mind a Dora Maar piece.


Wouldn’t take this one. Soldiers at war by “Mr.” Musée Guimet last year. It was a collaboration with Pharrell Williams. Enough war and violence on the streets anywhere.


Definitely would take a Japanese wood-block. Utagawa I think. (Really need to take notes) Musée Guimet.


Banksy would be most welcome to “tag” anywhere in the house. (Bansky expo, Paris, 2019)


A Maillol statue would fit nicely in the garden. This is part of an ample collection in the garden of Tuileries and the Louvre.


Horses. China. Period? Damned if I know. 12th to 16th century if I recall. Looong time ago. Anybody can read the Chinese characters please help. Maybe it’s a grocery list.

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Little Napo, by Erik Rivera, a contemporary Mexican artist. This one would be fun on the wall.


“Frozen assets”, by Diego Rivera, 1931. Painted during the “Great depression”. Millions went out of jobs in a whiff. Begging for food in the streets of America, Paris, London, Madrid. 100% hindsight is always easy, right? But, where does that put us today? I understand 30 to 40 million Americans are “on the dole” now? (Dolores Olmedo museum, Mexico city)


“Those who always forget”, by Santiago Aguilar, 2019. I guess I could buy one of his. He does many expos nearby. Never thought to ask. (No walls left either TBH). Are we sentenced to always forget? “Folly and ignorance” and all that?


Fashion week. Catrinas at the Dolores Olmedo museum. See the Diego Rivera mural at the back?


“Sueño de una tarde Dominical en la Alameda central”, 1947. By Diego Rivera. Loosely translated: “A mid-afternoon’s (night) dream” (In the central park of Alameda) This is a copy at Dolores Olmedo Museum. The original is at at the Diego Rivera Mural Museum in Mexico city, a few yards away from the Alameda park.

How should one finish a post? Something strong? Something memorable? The above qualifies. Something unexpected? Opt for the latter. There you go:


Emperor Ming: “Is it really necessary that I should be disturbed by this rebellious scum?”

Dale (aka Camille in French): “I believe your Majesty will find my proposal of some interest. You see, Flash Gordon and I don’t see eye to eye anymore.”

Art by Alex Raymond.

Thank you for visiting Equinoxio’s virtual Art museum. (Don’t forget to tip the guide.) Until we can all go back to museums or take a simple peaceful walk in the streets of our choice… Stay safe…🙏🏻


102 thoughts on “My virtual museum

  1. Thanks for opening your personal museum of exquisite art Brian. I adore all of these incredible artists but confess the art of Dora Marr has completely captivated me. Let me know if I may come back later to share this awesome display and entertaining narrative.

    • Size… Hmmm. It is at the end of his “traditional” Low Normandy house. Plenty of light. Tried to find the size on the net, zip. I would say 30-40 sq meters. No idea how much that would be in ft. There must be a converter somewhere.
      Maybe one day you will have a big studio. With lots of light coming through a floor to ceiling window.

  2. Interesting art. The Paris kitchen caught my eye – it reminds me of a cooking show I saw of recent years – My Little Paris Kitchen or something like that. This gourmet cooked everything in a small kitchenette just like in your photo.

  3. This is going sound silly, but the standout of your virtual museum is the quote by Emperor Ming: “Is it really necessary that I should be disturbed by this rebellious scum?” I shall go around quoting it, substituting appropriate adjectives for “rebellious” as needed.

  4. I have just read that I could travel to Mexico D.F. with Lufthansa and enter the country. Is there anything else to do except climbing on the pyramids of Teotihuacan for enjoying fresh air? I now have a very nice hippie facemask as well – so prepared for all …..

    • There are many attractions in Mexico city. The museum of Anthropology, the Zocalo (plaza Mayor), el Templo Mayor, to name a few. However, I would not recommend coming here for a while. Official daily deaths are around 1,000. And the real figure may be twice or 4 times as high. The hospitals are overloaded. Many, many people take no precautions whatsoever. I really advise against it.

  5. Understated double entendres and I’m thinking the very same thoughts. Wonderful art, I especially appreciate the masters, saw the Renoir tour here in the late 90s spent hours there. I would love Banksy to paint my house with his work. And I have a soft spot for Japanese woodblock, I have a print by Hokusai. Do statues come alive at night I muse 🙂 thank you Brian a sumptuous feast.

  6. Quite an eclectic collection, my friend! I think the Japanese wood block is my favourite, though there are many that caught my eye. Thanks for sharing your virtual museum!!

      • Struggling a bit, I must say. Locked up for months now, and our trip to Paris canceled. I feel a bit trapped. But that will pass. Thanks for asking. Happy 4th of July

      • Awwww … I’m sorry to hear that, and especially sorry that your trip to Paris was cancelled. 😥 I understand the trapped feeling … I have even had to give up my weekly grocery trips, and what worries me now is that I’m getting used to the life of a recluse … I find that I don’t much care anymore, and I think that is not necessarily a good thing. But, as you say, this will pass. I’m afraid I don’t find anything to celebrate about the holiday this year, but thank you all the same. Hang in, my friend.

      • Just read your post about the transcript of the other S.o.b. Spoils the celebration, right?
        On-line shopping has facilitated “survival”, but being a recluse is not a long-term option. My medical sources tell me there are no treatment/vaccine options in sight yet. They are getting better at treating though. Steroids do seem to help. They’re also working on cured patients plasma, which sounds promising. Let’s just be patient.

      • In my book, there wasn’t anything to celebrate about this country this year anyway. But yeah, his hateful, ugly fear-mongering and divisive speech rather soured my stomach.

        Yes, patience is going to be required, for most of the experts say it could be two years before the danger is eradicated. Cheers to you as well, my friend!

      • 2 years? Unless a treatment is found. Which could be one or two years, or next month. Doctors and researchers across the world have hundreds of protocols in place to test treatments. Fingers crossed 🤞

      • I’ve had my fingers crossed for so long that I think they have fused and will need to be surgically separated if the day ever comes that I no longer need them to be crossed. 🤞

  7. A marvellous collection. I was sent over by House of Heart. That Paris interior, although rather worse than the one I grew up in in London in the 1940s and ’50s, put me very much in mind of it. I have not seen that Van Gogh before.

    • Holly’s friends are my friends.
      I do remember an Easter in London, early 70’s, friends of my parents’ house. Very nice house. The gas heater? Had to put a penny to light it up. 😉
      That Van Gogh? Hadn’t seen it before either. I believe the uniform is a Zouave. Could be in a private collection.
      Take care, Derrick

  8. Thank you for this grand gallery tour enjoyed from the comfort of my couch. Great street art composition.
    I love Willy Ronis ‘ documentary style. Would hang Little Napo on my walls if I had walls. And the Art Institute of Chicago holds the most extensive collection of Monet’s outside of Paris! Stay safe!

  9. Love seeing such versatile collection of beautiful art pieces all in one place as it’s been half a year since I’ve been to a museum or an exhibition. Hopefully we can go soon. Thanks for sharing and have a good day 😀 Aiva

    • Glad this helped Aiva. Haven’t gone to a museum in a long time either. As the time of our non-departure approaches, I start to miss all the museums and expos we won’t go to this summer…
      Be good.

  10. J’aime beaucoup :” Aimez votre monde” (Mais pas que ! Hein ? 😀 ) Aussi Dora Maar, le petit soldat, et bien sûr Banksy évidemment…
    Merci pour la visite guidée.
    Bonne journée Brieuc
    Prends soin de toi.

    • Very true. It would be very empty. And there is so much art in India. I do have a few pieces, inherited from my parents…
      and so much art in the world too. Have you traveled outside India yet?

      • I have been covering up India as of now, though I have gone to a few neighbourhood countries- Nepal and Bhutan, planned to go to Italy this year but I don’t see it happening so maybe next year.

      • Covering India sounds like a good plan. So many things to see. Nepal and Bhutan are beautiful i’m told. Sorry about Italy. Hopefully it may happen next year. (And you can pick some Italian)

      • Yes actually I plan to travel to south-east India; it’s beautiful from what I have heard and seen in pictures, probably will get to see it in person after things become a little normal. Both the countries are really beautiful and the culture is really authentic. Fingers crossed🤞 (Haha, sounds like a good idea )😅

      • South-east India from what little I know must be almost a different country. Kerala is South west right? My family lived more in the north, northwest. From Chandernagor (Chandranagar?) to Calcutta, to Agra.
        Wonders of time travel: I thought you might be tomorrow, but you’re still wednesday, here is barely noon, you’re almost night. Sweet dreams Dost.😴
        Ps. OH! I finished my “Lakshmi” sketch and painting. Dhanyavad. It was your influence that made me re-take the work. Finishing the post soon.

      • Haha, my bad🤦‍♀️. I think I shouldn’t write when I am half asleep 😴 . Well, I meant Northeast India. It mostly comprises of 8 states and shares an international border with China, Bhutan, Nepal and a few other neighbouring countries. Wow, Kerala is known as a god’s own country and yup it’s south-west⛰. I have never been to Kolkata and Agra, though I have some of my friends living there.
        Woah, sounds great, look forward to your post of “Lakshmi”.🪔

      • Northeast sounds good. Definitely on my to-do list. Agra? one of my great-uncles was born there. Weird isn’t it? My grandmother was born in Jowrah. (I think the spelling has changed).
        I’ll let you know for “Lakshmi”.

      • It probably is Jaora. I tend to be “stuck” with the English spelling. Bombay. Calcutta. 😉 Looked at the map, Jaora is close to Indore. My great-grandfather is burried in Ujjain. Tomb still there according to a cousin. I never quite understood Jaora or Ujjain, since they lived in Gwalior. I will look up the exact location of “Jowrah” in an old map of India. I think my father made a note…
        Au revoir.

      • Haha, these are old names, but a lot of people still use them; at times even I do. Must say, your family has a vivid history. For how long your family lived in India?

      • Close to 2 centuries. From the mid 1700’s, in Chandernagor. (Chandranaggar?) They were indigo planters amongst many things. My reat-grandfather’s older brother ran a steamer on the Hoogly river… My little sister was the last of the family to be born in “India”. (Karachi, like me)
        Phir milenge dost.

  11. Once one person close to me, showed me a small Diego Rivera, painting she had on a storage safe box.
    Love art, and paintings, also will like to travel to Mexico city, I haven’t being there in ages, for a few years in the early 80’s used to go there frequently, about every month, my last trip was canceled, I supposed to arrive on Friday one day after the earthquake, good thing the earthquake hit the day before, the Hotel where I had reservations collapsed!

    Good post. 🙂

      • Well, she owned quite a lot of paintings, and many other Art objects, the place were she lived was very modest, and with no security, she could afford to live better, but she preferred to fly under the radar, and do not attract undesirable attention.
        Yes, the ’85 earthquake, I traveled for work often to Mexico city, but had friends living there also, and liked to visit them on the weekends. 🙂

      • Attention is not something you want to attract. Now less than ever. Violence is still on the rise.
        ’85, you were lucky. Friends of ours lived in La Roma then. Their building and appartment split in half. They had to jump across the crack with their baby in arms…

  12. I would tip the guide with a full-fat ice cream filled with the flavours of summer. After all, it was a most delightful tour. This visitor is leaving the premises with a smile on her face.

    • Likewise. I need to emotionally compensate the fact that there will be no Paris museums this year. 😩😩😩
      And share past visits with friends. Take care.

  13. There can never be too much art. Love the Little Napo and the softness of Renoir always calms me instantly. 🙂

    • Art is salvation of some sort…
      Little Napo is great.
      Your take on Renoir is excellent. I hadn’t realized that. He brings peace. Wow. Merci.
      I’m taking the next plane to Orsay… 😉

  14. A memorable gallery, Brian. Museums are open here, but you have to make an appointment (spontaneity was the first victim of COVID perhaps?) and wear a mask throughout. I have no objection to wearing a mask (unlike the 20,000 Covidiots who marched through Berlin two weekends ago) but a couple of hours in the museum is a bit much. Love the Diego Rivera piece, reminds me a little of a Stanley Spencer exhibition I once saw in Glasgow. That’s for the artistic trip.

    • Yeah I don’t fancy spending 2 hours in a museum with a mask right now. Though I wear one in all “public” circumstances.
      “Covidiots”? Love it. That is the major pandemic. Affects politicians first and foremost.
      I will look up Stanley Spencer.

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