L'École Marchutz

New Year, Fresh Eyes

Marchutz Fellow

Last weekend, our fall 2014 semester group of Marchutz students gathered together for a day of bonding over good art and good food. In the afternoon we visited the Musee Granet to see a special exhibition of the collection of Rose and Henry Pearlman, himself once a friend of our Leo. The collection included works by greats like Kokoshka, Mogdiliani and Vincent Van Gogh, though for some of us - and here I'm being biased - Cezanne's watercolors were the real draw. In the company of a few others, I stood before Still Life with Caraffe for an indefinite period of time and observed its way of being. Others looked long at his iterations of the Mont Saint Victoire, others at the Mogdiliani portrait upstairs. Whatever painting(s) spoke to each of us that day, we were encouraged, in typical Marchutz fashion, to observe patiently the work of art; to give it time to show itself for what it is. This afternoon at the museum whet our palates for what is set to be a great few months of looking.

The visit was followed by a barbecue - big thanks to O’Neill, Charley and Nick for some tasty chicken kabobs - held in the courtyard by the School’s two relatively new additions, the sculpture studio and expanded shed. The dinner lingered on into the night amid crisp, Provencal light and good conversation.

Words by Kate Butler, photos by Hilary Stein