Art for a happy marriage – Yes. So long as you're not the one collecting it

Art for a happy marriage: No divorce here, darling! 
We’d planned yesterday to go museum hopping today. However, I woke up at the ungodly hour of 11:38 a.m. (Daylight Savings Time is for the birds!) and so it was a late start and so we didn’t get quite as much terrain covered. Our ambitious itinerary included a lofty five museums; but  we ended up visiting only two.
I had a lovely time and I got inspired to write this post. By the end of the excursion, I’d also found a new favorite museum – The Lawyer X Koogler McNay Museum of Art. I’ve had many favorites over the years that include a couple in Paris, one in Turku, Finland and the Frick in NYC.  The McNay is a mash-up of the Frick Collection (the courtyard in particular) in New York, and the Pompidou in Paris. It is housed in a Latin American style hacienda, with a little bit of New Mexico thrown in for good measure. Plus, the grounds are just amazing. It just put me into such an agreeable mood, I can’t even describe it. I recommend it highly.
Can art save your marriage? Well, art is good for the soul and I can certainly see how it could be good for relationships, so long as you’re not the one collecting the art–as Lawyer X Koogler did. She collected prolifically from Europe, Latin America and New Mexico as well. The collection has been expanded since her death in 1950 and includes works by Picasso, Pissarro, Rodin, Matisse, Degas and Diego Rivera, amongst others. But guess what? Art collecting literally destroyed the Ohio oil heiress’s marriage to opthalmologist Donald Atkinson. The marriage ended in divorce after he found himself unable to keep up with her avid collecting and her artist friends. Actually, within the context of this divorce blog, Lawyer X Koogler McNay was married about five times and had about four divorces. Her first husband died after 10 months of marriage and so that marriage did not end in divorce and after her fifth marriage, she reverted to using his last name McNay. The museum, therefore, the McNay, is named after him. (Must have been love, eh?)
But yes. Art collecting is risky; but learning to appreciate art together can be good therapy for a marriage. I think. Surely, it’s much better to be an appreciator of art than a collector if your spouse does not share that passion because art can consume if you let it. The Ohio oil heiress had quite a collection by the time she died but no husband and no children, even after giving marriage a try 4 or 5 times. She bequeathed over 700 pieces of her artwork and her beautiful Spanish-style home she shared with one of her ex husbands, Dr. Donald Atkinson, to the City and it was with that collection and a generous endowment that the museum was opened in 1954.
Museums, typically, are very romantic, relaxing, intelligent and civilized places. They lendfor great conversations and just a general mood of goodwill and joie de vivre, don’t they? By the time you leave, you’ll be lulled into this state of wonderfulness; you will feel refreshed, replenished and resplendent. You’ll go home and make love to Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor. And divorce would be the furtherest thing from your mind.