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Meet James Ensor
Belgium's famous painter
Dig him up and shake his hand
Appreciate the man


Meet James Ensor, They Might Be Giants

These shots are an amalgamation of my Karaoke stint at Tonic on Monday night and a family trips to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Tuesday and to the American Museum of Natural History on Thursday.

Petrified log

Emotion or looking at the screen for the next line? I'm guessing the latter.

Meet Toni Dolce–singer and bartender extraordinaire at the Tonic Bar. . . she could caress a song and make change at the same time. (Please search myspace.com for more info on this talented singer.) Fortunately she followed me in the line of singers more often than vice versa.

Must have been a ballad…I forget which one. My best was probably "House of the Rising Sun."

Really getting into it now…too bad the audience didn't, except for one couple–she (also a singer) was very sweet. Her boyfriend gave me a high five after "House of the Rising Sun."

These stained glass images caught my eye.

Too bad for Medusa

The Burghers of Calais by Rodin

Great portrait by Velasquez

The musical instrument exhibit had many fascinating specimens from the history of music, including this early violin.

Saxophones to the left with their cousin bass clarinets

Ornate grand piano

Three-necked guitar…can it be played by a one-necked person?

Puerto Rican guitars

Massive pipe organ

Now it's time for guess that artist. This French impressionist loved landscapes and buildings.

One of a Spanish master's most approachable works

Unmistakable self-portrait by tormented Dutchman

One of the above artist's most famous images

This Frenchman moved to Tahiti and painted there.

It's a little tougher to identify this pioneer of Fauvism

Another toughie - "Belgium's famous painter" was memorialized by They Might Be Giants in a most unlikely rock song. "Dig him up and shake his hand/Appreciate the man."

Dancers were his favorite subject - both for sculpture and painting.

Probably the most famous painting of dancers by the same artist

This Frenchman loved to paint women and children.

Lunar (or maybe Martian) sampler (or camera?) I was upstairs when I took this shot, so I'm not sure exactly what it is.

Butterfly swath

Blue on blue..whale and skylight

Imagined battle between a whale and a giant squid

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