Monday, January 5, 2009
The Minstrel of Metairie
I was at an antique store in Louisiana when my eye was drawn to this portrait of a minstrel selling for $75. I talked the price down to $50, but I wasn't sure I wanted to pay that much for a pencil sketch. I try to think it over carefully before buying a piece of art, fearing that my impulsive purchase will drain the bank account by hundreds of dollars while the 'Picasso' I couldn't live without ends up in the garage next to the Laserdisc player. So, I didn't get it.
A couple of months passed and I couldn't shake the feeling I still wanted it. Since it was the first piece of art that jumped out at me in awhile, I went back to the store and, lo and behold, it was still there. I got the price down another $10 and it was all mine!
It is an untitled piece by Evan(?) Soule... I've decided to call it "The Minstrel of Metairie."
I would just love it if someone wrote to say this artist's work is on display at the Met.