Masqued balls and chorus girls / Baile mascaras y coristas

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Here’s a last look at my most recent visit to the Carmen Thyssen Museum Málaga. After all my walking Wednesday and Thursday, yesterday was a quiet, lazy day. Strangely, I can’t even remember what I did.

Oh, I know. I went through about 500 photos from my visit to the Automobile and Fashion Museum and from Thursday’s Saint John’s Eve fireworks to decide which ones to share with you. I walked over to the health center to see my doctor and get my prescriptions updated online. I took the long way home, so walked a total of 2 miles. That was very exciting. Or I should say that was the height of the excitement. Due to the timing of that appointment, I didn’t get to the gym. I had actually planned on going to the gym first, but I left it too late. I have to go back for lab work Monday morning. When the doctor said it had been too long since my last lab work, I told her I would wait until after the summer. She said, “No, you won’t.”

Today, I’ll go for a walk under blue skies and comfortable temps. San Geraldo and I both have a number of shirts in our closets we haven’t worn in years because they need ironing. Maybe I’ll set up the ironing board this afternoon and do them all. Or — I could just get out all the shirts and ask Isabel to iron them next week. What would you do?


Aquí va un último vistazo a mi última visita al Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga. Después de todas mis caminatas el miércoles y el jueves, ayer fue un día tranquilo y perezoso. Extrañamente, ni siquiera puedo recordar lo que hice.

Oh, lo sé. Revisé unas 500 fotos de mi visita al Museo Automovilistico y de la Moda y de los fuegos artificiales de la noche de San Juan del jueves para decidir cuáles compartir con vosotros. Caminé hasta el centro de salud para ver a mi médico y actualizar mis recetas en línea. Tomé el camino largo a casa, así que caminé un total de 2 millas. Eso fue muy emocionante. O debería decir que fue el colmo de la emoción. Debido al horario de esa cita, no fui al gimnasio. De hecho, había planeado ir primero al gimnasio, pero lo dejé demasiado tarde. Tengo que volver para el trabajo de laboratorio el lunes por la mañana. Cuando la doctora dijo que había pasado demasiado tiempo desde mi último trabajo de laboratorio, le dije que esperaría hasta después del verano. Ella dijo: “No, no lo harás”.

Hoy saldré a caminar bajo cielos azules y temperaturas agradables. San Geraldo y yo tenemos varias camisas en nuestros armarios que no hemos usado en años porque necesitan plancharse. Tal vez instale la tabla de planchar esta tarde y las haga todas. O podría sacar todas las camisas y pedirle a Isabel que las planche la próxima semana. ¿Qué harías?

Eduardo Zamacois y Zabala. Returning to the Convent, 1868.
• Regreso al convento.
Manuel Barrón y Carillo. The Port of Málaga, 1847.
• Puerto de Málaga.
Manuel García Rodríguez. First Atrium of Santa Paula Convent, Sevilla, 1920–1925.
• Compás del Convento de Santa Paula, Sevilla.
José Gallegos y Arnosa. Rumours. 1893.
• Rumores.
José García Ramos. Leaving a Masqued Ball, 1905.
• Salida de un baile máscaras.
Guillermo Gómez Gil. Landscape, 1902.
• Paisaje.
Julio Romero de Torres. The fortune-telling, 1920. (Although, I would have translated the Spanish title, la buenaventura, to “the good fortune”.)
• La buenaventura.
José Gutiérrez Solana. Chorus Girls, 1937. (The one at left must really get the crowds going.)
• Coristas. (La de la izquierda realmente debe animar a las multitudes.)

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Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

38 thoughts on “Masqued balls and chorus girls / Baile mascaras y coristas”

  1. I would give the shirts to a charity store – if I haven’t worn them for more than a year, then I don’t need them. On another note, I am surprised that you are allowed to photograph the paintings in the museum. Any museum/art gallery I have ever been to won’t allow photography whatsoever (unless you pay big bucks of course).

    1. David:
      These are shirts we really like and it would be nice to wear them again. But I didn’t get the iron out yesterday! There are number of reasons museums don’t allow photography. One reason is if the art is contemporary and still protected by copyright. Another is it offers the museums the opportunity to sell more imagery from their own gift shops. Even the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC permits photography now. But I can’t always predict which museums will allow it.

  2. I would buy non-iron fabric shirts. There’s a Primark in the shopping centre opposite the railway station in Malaga, so there’s no excuse. Jx

    1. Jon:
      I have a few T-shirts from Primark but nothing else. I try to buy non-iron shirts, but sometimes I just love something and have to take it home. I then wear it once (or thrice) and then it hangs for a while. I’ve had the iron out a few times in the past 9 years.

    1. Debra:
      Yep, I think it will be Isabel. Although today IS another day. I love that chorus girls painting.

  3. Great depictions of life as it was…….these painters were our ‘photographers’.

    Iron myself or Isabel ironing?.Well, considering it is summer there I think I would give Isabel the pleasure.

    1. Jim:
      Well, it IS summer in air-conditioned comfort. So not much of an excuse… But I’ll take it!

  4. I loathe ironing shirts and yet one of my favorites–I’m wearing ti right now–need ironing after every wash. Oy.

    That said, that Guillermo Gómez Gil. Landscape looks like you can walk right into it.

    Lastly, I like your doctor’s style.

    1. Bob:
      What’s ridiculous is that once I’ve begun to iron, I actually enjoy it. It’s just opening the ironing board and getting the iron out of the closet. I wish I had a big laundry room with it could always be set up. Then I’d iron all the time. Really. I would… maybe. I love my doctor and I appreciate her style.

  5. I’d wear the shirts without ironing, or get rid of them. The chorus girl on left, is what I imagine I would look like in drag- best to avoid that.

    1. David:
      Your ironing approach seems to be the consensus. And I do that often. But these are some shirts that I just can’t stand when they’re wrinkled. Argh. As for that chorus girl, I’ve wondered what I would look like in drag.

    1. sillygirl:
      You are the only person who thinks I should iron them. I MIGHT try again this afternoon. Never did do it yesterday.

      1. So i have one pair of shorts and one pair of long pants still waiting to be ironed – for several weeks. Today it will probably get to 90 – same tomorrow but then it cools off. Maybe I will iron this winter.

      2. One friend told me when she and her young son were visiting her mother that was ironing her son asked what that thing was – had never seen an iron or ironing board!

      3. sillygirl:
        THAT is hilarious. I guess your friend only owns wash-and-wear. Better yet, she sends everything out for ironing.

    1. Jssw:
      If I figure it out, I’ll let you know. I think you need a board on legs and a heavy thing you heat in a bed of hot coals.

  6. I never minded ironing – it can be zen-like for me. But I haven’t ironed anything in ages. That landscape painting is stunning – I wanted to walk right into it and also into the convent atrium.

    1. Wilma:
      The truth is I also always found ironing relaxing. I got out of the habit when I needed a freshly ironed shirt every day for work and would drop everything off at the laundry one morning a week. I never got back in the habit. The hyper detail in the paintings on that floor of the museum was phenomenal.

  7. Oh my, lovely artworks! Hay que visitar este museo en mi próximo viaje a Málaga. We also really enjoyed the auto/fashion museum there.

    1. tobyo:
      Some stunning works. And I was blown away by the auto/fashion museum. Looking forward to another visit.

  8. To iron or not to iron? That is the question. Sorry, couldn’t help it.
    A First World problem.LOL
    Whilst you’re at it you could wash and ‘iron’ your coasters.I remember your reaction when I mentioned ironing them!

    1. Karen:
      I used to iron my T-shirts and linens. But that was a long, long time ago when I was still a graphic artist and didn’t have to wear a shirt and tie to work every day. Ironing was fun then. I should try it again. The coasters haven’t yet needed ironing!

  9. I iron a shirt (mostly the T-kind) a day, so my board is always out. In the evenings it’s an extra table.

    Love the paintings, particularly the monk with the mule.

    1. Kirk:
      It would make it easier if the board could always be out somewhere. But we don’t have a space for that. I would even iron my T-shirts. Now I just hope they get stretched enough when I wear them to lose the wrinkles. And, yes, I love the monk and the mule.

  10. If you haven’t worn them in years, ask yourself if you really want to. if yes, get ’em ironed and wear them. If not, donate them.

    1. Sassybear:
      The answer for us both is YES. They’re great shirts. Just look awful when not ironed. So, yes, we need to iron them (or Isabel does).

    1. Steve:
      The energy of those paintings and the way the light dances… I wish I could paint like that.

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