Monday, August 4, 2014

Random Observation: Whitiing Is Reporting Some "High-IP" Wells in Elk Oil Field, Just South Of Williston, West Of the Sweet Spot In The Bakken

In the past week or so, the following "high-IP" wells have been reported by Whiting:
  • 24911, 2,585, Whiting, Roen Federal 24-10H, Elk, t5/14; cum 38K 6/14;
  • 24912, 2,607, Whiting, Roen 24-10-2H, Elk, t5/14; cum 16K (14 days) 5/14;
  • 24913, 2,424, Whiting, Roen 24-10-3H, Elk, t5/14; cum 15K 5/14;
I track the Elk field here. It has been updated.

"Russia Doesn't Make Anything" -- President Obama


A Note for the Granddaughters

One of the highlights this summer was the opportunity to enjoy a guided tour of a special exhibit at the Getty Museum, of James Ensore.
The tour ended at, perhaps, his most famous painting, Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889. This is probably the most unusual painting in the Getty Museum. 

I was trying to find the painting's "homes" over the years.

The painting was "kept by the hermetic painter until his death" in 1949. We know the museum acquired the work in 1987. Where was the painting between 1949 and 1987.

I assume the painting remained with the Ensor estate for several years while it was being probated. 

According to Patricia G. Berman's James Ensore: Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889, c. 2002, "following Ensor's death, Christ's Entry into Brussels in 1889 was installed in the casino in Knokke-le-Zout."

From there, according to the same source, the painting was "moved to the Museum of fine Arts in Antwerp, and in 1983 to the Kunsthaus in Zurich. In 1987, the Getty Museum purchased the painting, after the Belgian government gave up its right of first refusal to purchase it."

It is the only Ensor painting at the Getty. 

The Getty's paintings cover a very short period of time, from the Renaissance (14th century?) up to the Era of Impressionism. The question is what is the Ensor painting doing at the Getty. It turns out this painting is the perfect segue into Modernism.

It is my understanding that the only two museums where one can see paintings by Ensor are in Chicago and Antwerp. I assume in Chicago it is the Art Institute of Chicago.

By the way, at this link, there is nice description of another work by Ensor, The Temptation of St Anthony:
After eight years of meticulous conservation and restoration, James Ensor’s monumental drawing The Temptation of Saint Anthony—almost six feet tall and composed of 51 separate sheets of paper mounted to canvas—will be on view for the first time ever outside of Belgium. In celebration of the world premiere of the restored masterpiece and its first public showing in more than 60 years, the Art Institute is mounting a major exhibition exploring the making and meaning of Ensor’s landmark work and showcasing the visionary talent of this avant-garde artist.

Ensor spent most of his life in the coastal Belgian town of Ostend, and it is there in the 1880s that he created his most important drawing, The Temptation of Saint Anthony. His theme—that of the ancient saint who resists greed and lust—was time-old, but rather than simply show Anthony surrounded by the trials of centuries past, Ensor placed his saint at the mercy of modern life, surrounded by the temptations of a brutal and turbulent world. Kneeling in prayer, eyes closed tight, Ensor’s Saint Anthony closes his eyes to fast food, corruption, disease, and sexual violence. Above his head, in the rays of a rising sun, a sorrowful Christ wears a military helmet.

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