My Grandma’s Favorite Painting
March 26, 2011 MuseumChick
Every time I walk through the Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC I make it a point to walk past Pierre-Auguste Cot’s painting, The Storm (1880). It’s never absent and always hanging in the European paintings hall next to a couple other 19th century romantic paintings. This was my grandmother, Ann’s favorite painting. I remember our trips to the MET fondly and she always made it a point to walk down this hall and point out her favorite painting to me even though I already knew that it was. She passed away more than 10 years ago but whenever I see The Storm, I see her.
It is said to portray the Greek romance of Daphnis and Chloe. The looks on their faces tell such a complex story- romance, fear and excitement?
But my favorite part of the painting is the dress that seems to be running with them- flowing in a naive yet seductive way.
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