“Impressionists on the Water” – A Day on the Bay

One of my favorite things to do while in San Francisco is to visit the special art exhibitions at The Legion of Honor and then go on a hike in Lincoln Park along a trail that takes you right to beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge.  So while in San Francisco last weekend for the America’s Cup races, I decided to spend a day to see Impressionists on the Water, a special exhibit that was assembled to coincide with the America’s Cup. The exhibit runs through October 8th, 2013.

caillebotte_regates_a_argenteuil_1893The wonderful exhibit includes Monet, Renoir, Manet, Pissarro, Sisley and Caillebotte. These French impressionistic paintings are  of water, nautical and boat scenes with light dancing across every canvas. This Caillebotte shows the artist in his own boat that he designed called “The Roast Beef”.  A model of his boat is also on display in the last room.


Rent a headset, which is always a fight with Chris, but he actually did enjoy it this time without complaining.  I think he finally realizes that you don’t have to listen to everything and it really is quite interesting thanks to guest curator Christopher Lloyd, a former curator to Queen Elizabeth. The information provided gives a rich history of the art itself and it’s place in the leisure world of  boating and yachting in France during this period.


The exhibit houses 80 paintings, which was ideal for Chris as he starts to get tired if the shows are too long. It’s a small exhibit but very worth it!


After the exhibit, be sure to go through the permanent collection, it takes you through the 14th into the early 20th centuries.



The French neoclassical Legion of Honor which opened in 1924 was a gift to San Francisco by Alma Spreckels to house her art collection.  Alma Spreckels who liked martinis and high stake poker games had a fiery nature and robust energy, my kind of gal!


Alma Spreckels’ Rodin acquisition is on display in the permanent collection, the largest collection outside of Paris.


After the museum, I’m ready to go on my hike!  This Rodin, The Thinker, is one of the casts by Rudier that were commissioned by Rodin, one of Alma Spreckels’ earliest Rodin acquisitions.


Next to the Legion of Honor at the end of the road on 34th Avenue is a hiking trail that leads you on a great walk along the bay.  When you come to a fork, go right.


High on the headland above the Golden Gate.


You will end up back on 34th Avenue and then you can just walk right back up to the museum and your car.  If you don’t make it to this exhibit, there’s always something great on display.  A Matisse exhibit is coming November 9th!

4 Responses to ““Impressionists on the Water” – A Day on the Bay”

  1. Cynthia says:

    I want to do this on my next visit! Looks so fun 🙂 xo

  2. Pamela Blackwell says:

    Ok,let’s do!

  3. Alison says:

    You are my “inspirationist”, it has been years since I’ve been to The Legion of Honor. Let’s make a date to spend an afternoon with Matisse, and yes, I’ll rent the headphones! Great blog, Lady Pamela! xx

  4. Alison Aiassa says:

    You are my “inspirationist”, it has been years since I last visited The Legion of Honor. Let’s set a date to see the Matisse exhibition. Great blog Lady Pamela! xx

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