honeymoon art

While in Napa Valley on our honeymoon, Steven and I visited the Hess Collection.  This sustainable winery was an out of the way country drive, and it was beautiful.  On the side of a volcanic hill and surrounded by 100 year old vines, the main building houses an art collection spanning three levels.  My favorite piece in the gallery is the Robert Motherwell, Elegy to the Spanish Republic No. 160.  I've lectured art appreciation classes about this series of paintings.  Another amazing piece in the collection is a massive Morris Louis veil painting, Alpha Nu, 1961.  I've never seen his work in person, and it took my breath away.  The technique, simplicity and color, it's so peaceful.  


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