As you travel around your city, your country, and maybe even around this fascinating world of ours, do you keep a list of works of art you dream of seeing someday? Probably not written down, but held close to your heart...
I have a few. On my recent trip to Detroit, I spent a blissful hour in the Detroit Institute of Arts' Dutch Golden Age collection, and felt one step closer to seeing my beloved Vermeers. The paintings at the DIA were incredible — the most beautiful renderings of vegetables, the fabric you swear you could reach out and touch, the luminous quality — so even if I never get to see a Vermeer, I feel satisfied. I'm so glad I got to gaze upon such paintings in person.
I'd also love to see another Wayne Thiebaud cake painting — I've been making Thiebaud cakes for three years but have only gotten to see one, Display Cakes, 1963. Seeing it in real life rather than just in a print changed my whole approach to Thiebaud cake decorating, since I could closely examine his strokes and how he applied the paint (see detail above). I'd especially love to see his epic 13-cake painting, Cakes, 1963, especially since my fellow pastry chef and I just recreated it for a wedding.
There are a few others on my current list- Rogier Van Der Weyden's The Magdalene Reading, Jeff Koons' puppy, pretty much anything by Jan Van Eyck, a hundred more I can't think of right now — and I'll continue to add more throughout the years. What's on yours, and do you plan your travels with your list in mind?
(Image: Tess Wilson)