Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Annie Leibovitz

Our last full day in San Francisco, we decide to see the Annie Leibovitz exhibit at the Legion of Honor museum in Lincoln Park. Little did we know that this is a gem of a facility. It was a bit like being back in Paris.
"The museum contains a representative collection of mainly European art, the largest portion of which is French. Its most distinguished collection is of sculpture by Rodin. Casts of all his most famous statues are on display, including one of The Thinker in the forecourt. However there are individual works by many other artists, including François Boucher, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, David, El Greco, Rubens, and many of the Impressionists and post-ImpressionistsDegas, Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Seurat, Cézanne and others. There are also representative works by key figures such as Braque and Picasso, and works of contemporary artists" (Wikipedia)

Legion of Honor
Built to commemorate Californian soldiers who died in World War I, the Legion of Honor is a beautiful Beaux Arts building located in San Francisco's Lincoln Park. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge and all of San Francisco, the Legion is noted for its breathtaking setting. Its collections include European decorative arts and paintings, ancient art, and one of country's largest and finest collections of works on paper (prints, drawings, photographs, books).
  • The Legion of Honor is a three-quarter-scale adaptation of the 18th-century Palais de la Légion d’Honneur in Paris.
  • Constructed on a remote site known as Land's End, the Legion of Honor was completed in 1924, and on Armistice Day of that year, its doors opened to the public.
  • The museum is dedicated to the 3,600 California men who lost their lives on the battlefields of France during World War I.
  • Between March 1992 and 11 November 1995–its 71st anniversary–the Legion underwent a major renovation. The renovation included seismic strengthening, building systems upgrade, restoration of historic architectural features, and underground expansion that added 35,000 square feet
"Annie Leibovitz is one of the most famous photographers alive today. She shoots for magazines, was Rolling Stone's photographer, and has made images of many of the world's most famous people".(Wikipedia)
At a dinner this week we got to talking about the recent ado of Annie's photographs of the Queen and I found both the original documentary and the BBC retraction of the alleged dispute between Annie and Queen Elizabeth.

You Tube - Monarchy Annie Leibovitz.

Portrait of the Queen by Annie Leibovitz (Leibovitz unveils Queen portrait).

You Tube BBC retraction

This was a fabulous collection, a unique way of mounting an exposition and a wonderful way to end a very emotional and satisfying trip to San Francisco.


  1. I'm glad you got to see Annie's exhibit. She came to Holton when her neice graduated a year ago. She was mostly mistaken for a man in her fabulous outfit with a fabulous hat. She ran around taking pictures when Sammi was being congratulated. Sammi is also a photographer, at least she was before college. I'll have to see what she is studying now. Her dad, Annie's brother, is an archetect. Great family. Great post.


  2. Hi Leslie Thanks for the wonderful overview of San Fran. It is our first day of adventure as our ship departs from there on the Sunday. Reading your blog I feel like I have already done my research. See you soon Keep up the good work Linda