I spent part of Sunday afternoon at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum gardens before having decided to venture into one of the galleries where Lines of Time - pertaining to the Gulbenkian collection - a temporary exhibition was on display to mark the 60th anniversary of the Gulbenkian Foundation.
The exhibition is said to take us back into 1896 because of some of the 150 artistic works being exhibited - some said to have been acquired by Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian himself through until 1955, whilst others following his demise.
I may be wrong in my assumption, but I believe that most of the works I liked were actually acquired during the life time of Mr. Calouste Gulbenkian, with just a few exceptions.
Gulbenkian is said to have been one of Lalique's first and most important clients, from whom he bought jewellery, glass and other commissioned artistic pieces.
I do remeber having been so impressed with some of his works at one of Gulbenkian's permanent collection exhibitions when my children were still fairly young, that I ended up buying most of the available cards with the reproductions of his works.
Brother and Sister - An 1897/1901 bronze statue by Auguste Rodin.
I have learned to appreciate Canto da Maya's early twentieth century sculptures, which I also got to know at the Gulbenkian Museum. He is said to have been awarded a gold medal in the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris and been largely responsible for popularising the Art Deco style in Portugal.
Reflections by António Carneiro - 1921 oil on canvas.
1925-35 Laquered folding screen with copper embedded motifs by Jean Drand. 19th century Iranian tapestries.
Ressurection - A 1954 oil on canvas painting by Evie Hone.
The Aqueduct - a 1955-57 oil on canvas painting by Vieira da Silva.
Rendez vous - a 1962 oil on canvas platex by Saadi Al-Kabi (left). Oriental Widows - a 1962 oil on canvas by Lorna Selim (right). Both paintings are said to have acquired from the Iraqui Artists Union.
Illusory space - a 1969 tapestry by Eduardo Nery.
I simply loved my afternoon. There's no doubt that Art has a relaxing and even sooting effect on me.