Wednesday, November 5, 2014

A Legacy In Bloom At The Metropolitan Museum Of Art

What's the first piece of art that you want to see when you visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art? Would you head straight for the new America Wing? The Temple of Dendur? Do the Vermeers whisper to you, or do you do want to immediately catch up on the gossip with Sargent's socialite swans? 

But before the paintings, the sculptures, the priceless Ming porcelains, there are other works of art to behold - just look up when you enter the Great Hall and there they are, towering 10 to 12 feet high, painted in cherry blossoms, forsythia or camellias. The artist? Floral genius Remco van Vliet (read more about him here). His patron? The late Lila Acheson Wallace, who's continuing gift has ensured that the flower arrangements are refreshed weekly since 1969.

Forty-five years of fresh flowers. That's an amazing legacy. Something to be thankful for, don't you think?

Last month, hydrangeas, ilex berries and magnolia leaves soared over the Sunday crowd. I couldn't help but think they would be lovely on a Thanksgiving table (on a slightly smaller scale), and took a moment to be grateful for this beautiful gift and the woman behind them. 

Have you seen something beautiful lately that you are thankful for?

Happy Wednesday, everyone! XO


  1. So many things...too many to pick one!

    But how I loved this is an amazing legacy...and in one of my very favorite spots on the planet.
    Thank you for all of the beauty that you share,

  2. SO gorgeous!! Having seen them in person, it is a sight to behold and it is staggering how huge they are. A generous patron who obviously shares a love of flowers and knows the joy they bring to so many.

    LOVE your pictures Jeanne!!

  3. Oh, the creaminess of the hydrangeas against the backdrop of this fine architecture is enough to keep me under its spell for the entire tour! But I have to say that after this display of beauty, I'd make a bee-line to Vermeer! Fantastic tour today, Jeanne! Anita

  4. Breathtaking! I just love flowers and the museum!xo K

  5. Jeanne,
    That first image is surely something to be thankful for! Just yesterday, I saw an 84 year old lady on the news who bakes daily and then delivers it to patients at a hospital - I believe she was in Dover, Maryland. She said that it gives her something to look forward to and she makes a promise to each patient that she will "see them tomorrow." She gets dressed up in a suit and wears pearls....I thought now that is surely special that she giving defines her. I hope to leave something behind that will serve as a reminder for others to "create, design and inspire an artful life."
    Your posts are so thought provoking and make me catch my breath!
    Thankful for you!

  6. YOU have just given me a GREAT IDEA!I recently went to the SF FALL ANTIQUE SHOW.......NO FLOWERS this year!They brought in GREEN TREES.........NOT quite the SAME.This show was known for it's FLOWER arrangements too...............what happened?No Money I suppose............
    The flowers take your breath is your garden doing?Did you not install some NEW things this past summer?XX

  7. What a beautiful display. I've only been to that museum once and thought it was breathtaking.
    Such a pretty mixture of blooms of the season.
    Enjoy the rest of your week.

  8. Jeanne what a special legacy indeed! I had no idea, we are so fortunate to be surrounded by so much beauty! Thank you for sharing with us!

    The Arts from Karena



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