On Not Buying Anything – Part 2November 4, 2011 at 1:44 PM | Posted in Art, The Way We Live Now | 5 Comments
Tags: The Geographer, The View of Delft, Vermeer
I was recently in Frankfurt and with several hours set aside from the cares of commerce, I planned to visit the Städiches Kunstmuseum and finally see their Vermeer, The Geographer. The Museum has been closed for restoration and so, on prior trips to Frankfurt I went without. My usual policy, when seeing paintings by the great Artist, is to buy posters and so
both commemorate my seeing one of the slender list of painting extent by the man from Delft and to be able to look on them over and over.
But I have a new regime of not buying anything and that would include, if I was to play fair, even a one Euro post card. I bounced from feeling disciplined to feeling ridiculous.
Eventually, my mind ran down the following stairs: if I bought a poster
- I would have to pay for it.
- Carry it home on several planes and taxis.
- I might lose the poster as I once did.
- I would have to choose a frame or have someone
choose it for me.
- I would have to pay for the frame.
- I would have to find a place to hang it and most
likely take down one that is already up.
- I would have to ask someone to hang it for me,
as I am incapable of doing so.
- Once hung, I would have to ignore it as I have
most of my other posters (but not all, I love my View of Delft)
On the plus side, I thought that if I decided not to buy the poster in advance, I would spend more time with the picture itself, knowing that I might never see it again.
So, I voted NO but my discipline was not put to the test as the Museum was still under restoration, save a special exhibition which I did see. I did forswear a postcard and took holy solace in that.