Monthly Archives: September 2015

Delaware and Raritan Canal Trail


Here is a fun gallery from our vacation. The Delaware and Raritan Canal used to by a major artery for commerce, back when goods were shipped by canal. Now it is a recreation area. People kayak and canoe in the canal and others walk, run and bike the trail along side the canal. We were staying in Princeton, NJ and were able to go off cycling on two different days. The first day, we got caught in a downpour, which made the trail a bit muddy. Not much you can do but pedal to shelter. The shirt never got clean.

Seward Johnson – Making a Good Impressionist

Manet - Argenteuil and Sewell Johnson - Sailing the Seine
Manet – Argenteuil and Seward Johnson – Sailing the Seine

As I mentioned in the prior posts, Seward Johnson tries to make art accessible and understandable. He feels the Impressionist painters also did this, In an homage to these masters, he has rendered some of their paintings in 3-D as sculptures. While visiting Grounds for Sculpture, my wife and I looked up the original paintings on our phones and then tried to frame the sculptures accordingly. Here are the side by side comparisons. See what you think.

Renoir - Luncheon of the Boating Party and Sewell Johnson - Were You Invited
Renoir – Luncheon of the Boating Party and Seward Johnson – Were You Invited

Monets - Garden at Sainte-Adresse and Sewell Johnsons - Copyright Violation
Monet – Garden at Sainte-Adresse and Seward Johnson – Copyright Violation

Van Goghs  Bedroom in Arles and Sewall Johnsons Recreation of Van Goghs Bedroom in Arles
Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles and Seward Johnson’s Recreation
Entering this one is a bit disorienting because the furnishings are at such odd angles. It is a bit like PeeWee’s Playhouse. Seward Johnson used to use this as his bedroom in his studio.

Renoir - On the Terrace and Sewell Johnson - Family Secret
Renoir – On the Terrace and Seward Johnson – Family Secret

And for those of you who doubt these are real sculptures, I offer the following:
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