One of my favourite things about Tokyo is that there are always some great exhibitions featuring masterpieces from around the world, and the ones I must see are the paintings by Johannes Vermeer. Of course, I didn’t miss the chance to see his The Astronomer that is touring Japan now at The National Center of Art, Tokyo.
The paintings from the show, Louvre Museum: Genre Painting – Scenes from Daily Life, depicts exactly that–paintings of the everyday life. Besides The Astronomer, several other works stood out and stole my heart per se, Jean-Baptiste Greuze’ s The Broken Pitcher, Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot’s The Studio of Corot, and Martin Drolling’s Interior of a Kitchen.
However, there was one that made me laugh and thought of myself, and that was The Monkey Painter, aka Interior of a Studio by Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps. Yes, I can just as well be that monkey, though am thinking he probably paints better than me!!
Louvre Museum: Genre Painting – Scenes from Daily Life is on now until Mon Jun 1. Please visit it, and say hi to Decamps’ monkey for me!