Thursday, June 22, 2017

Impressionism and Air Conditioning

Impressionism and Air Conditioning

Early morning resting my posterior
on a charcoal leather bench
surrounded on four sides
by Degas, Caillebotte, Renoir, Monet.

I am a happily spoiled man
Lucky to be alone
in the Orsay museum
a solid hour in advance of the crowds

Plus I do not have to share
this glorious air conditioning
with anyone except a few guards
who are chatting.

A girl with a sheaf of papers
wanders into the gallery
and I understand that horde
will follow too soon

sucking up what had been mine alone:
the brush strokes, dappled light upon
some canvases gas light and sunlight 
through unseen windows on the remainder.

All these paintings illuminated by
 spotlights and indirect sunlight
and bathed by controlled humidity
and delicious air conditioning.

I take it all in and smile back at those
haystacks and the Japanese Bridge.

Paris 2017 #46

Sandy Kinnee

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