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    Default Pittsburgh Museum pays off Super Bowl bet with 19th century porn

    "Bathers with Crab"



    For a change, it wasn't the Packers in the spotlight Tuesday. It was the unpackers.

    Workers at the Milwaukee Art Museum removed the cover from a crate and lifted out a priceless painting sent here by the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh to settle a friendly wager on Super Bowl XLV, when the Packers beat the Steelers.

    The oil on canvas work by Pierre-Auguste Renoir is titled "Bathers with Crab" and depicts four nude women lolling on the shoreline in southern France. One is playing with a crab because, well, why not?


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    The figures in the painting look peaceful and playful, said Packers radio announcer Wayne Larrivee, a featured guest at the uncrating just in case any play-by-play was needed. I thought he might open the shipping box with his trademark dagger but alas he did not.

    He called the painting the last spoils of the Super Bowl.

    It might seem as if the museum in Pittsburgh dragged its feet even more than the Illinois governor. In August, Gov. Pat Quinn finally made good on a bet over the Packers-Bears NFC Championship Game by working at a Kenosha food pantry while wearing a Packers jersey.

    But the Milwaukee Art Museum timed it this way to coincide with its new exhibit of Impressionism, which opens Friday for a three-month run.

    The painting is a loan, by the way. Early next year, it returns to Pittsburgh. Until then, it will hang in a roomful of Renoirs as part of the exhibit.

    "It is beautifully painted, light and feathery, typical of Renoir's style," said Laurie Winters, our museum's director of exhibitions. "For about 20 years, he returned to this subject again and again. It was important to him because the female nude throughout the entire history of art going back to the Renaissance has been an important subject."

    To translate that into sports clichés for the occasion, she's saying Renoir knew he had to go out there and execute, paint at a high level, give 110%, control the tempo, and leave it all out there on the canvas, one painting at a time. You can't teach that.

    Turnovers are the key, and the Carnegie Museum turned over this painting to Milwaukee in a long ride in a climate-controlled truck. It arrived last week. The painting dates to the 1890s and is well insured.

    It's unusual for the uncrating of visiting art to happen in front of the news media. It was done in this case because of the well-publicized bet.

    The workers wore Packers gear and special gloves to keep the oils from their hands off the artwork and its frame as they gently took it from the crate, which was about the size of a small mattress. The crate came with a Pittsburgh Steelers sticker on it, so the Milwaukee museum added one that says Packers, Super Bowl champions.

    I was hoping for voluminous Bubble Wrap, but the painting was protected by foam on the inside of the crate.

    Winters thanked the Packers for making it possible to obtain this fine work of art.

    "When the Pack prevails in Super Bowl XLVI," she said, "we hope to have another great Impressionist work here from another museum."

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    Default Re: Pittsburgh Museum pays off Super Bowl bet with 19th century porn

    Hopefully Wi doesn't do an all you can drink martini night again at the museum.

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    Default Re: Pittsburgh Museum pays off Super Bowl bet with 19th century porn

    Wow, that's a very cool painting.

    I would have expected Pittsburg to send something more along the lines of "Bathers with crabs".
    I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time... like tears in rain... Time to die.

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