Friday, April 11, 2008
I walked around the Courbet exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art trying to decide if I'd ever seen any of these pictures before, until I came to the portrait of Berlioz. This is one time when it paid to read the card on the wall. Courbet sang and performed constantly for the composer while he sat, undoubtedly bringing about the grim expression that has become our image of Berlioz. One sympathizes.