The Good Life My tour of the Harn Museum

I visited the Harn Museum of Art on Friday, December 2, 2016. It was a very wonderful experience for me because there were so many unique, different art pieces in the museum for me to enjoy. Also, the museum successfully was able to capture art forms from many different cultures. The diversity of the museum and the beauty of the individual works truly left me in amazement.

Moreover, in this experience I was able to photograph artworks that all contributed to my understanding of the Good Life in different ways.

White Closed-Form Vessel by Toshiko Takaezu

This piece is particularly striking and very interesting when noticing the technique the artist used to develop the medium of the piece. I was fascinated by this art piece because from afar you can notice all of the seemingly imperfections it has, but once you get close enough to it you can see that the imperfections of the art piece were actually on purpose to create a worn down and used look. I think the technique behind the development of this medium is very wonderful. I also found it intriguing that Toshiko Takaezu wrote messages that were composed just for her and enclosed in this vessel to be forever hidden, unless the vessel was broken.

A Heave to Unfold by Nakaigawa Yuki (Left) and Pli Selon Pli by Akiyama Yō (Right)

I found this wing of the museum to be very appealing to me. The works by Nakaigawa Yuki and Akiyama Yō were really brought out by the beautiful lighting through the windows. At the same time, the water garden in the background brings out the natural beauty of these two pieces. I think this was brilliantly done by the museum designers because the set-up of the room around the works makes them fit in and seem natural rather than just being random.

Rider of the Apocalypse (from Apocalypse de Saint Jean) by Rufino Tamayo

Art is meant to tell a story or to make the viewer feel something. When I was looking at this painting, I felt the fear that the dark intense color and abstract structure combined to evoke. The painting to me almost depicts how someone would remember a nightmare or dark memory. Although it is a still painting, it radiates an intense atmosphere.

Champ d'avoine (Oat Field) by Claude Monet

The painting that conveyed the Good Life the best to me was Champ d'avoine by Claude Monet. This Impressionist painting was painted by oil on canvas, and in my opinion captured the idea of the Good Life. This is because it is a painting of a beautiful scene, almost as if it were a happy memory. The happiness and light that Monet cleverly radiates in the painting are what I could only imagine to be that same happiness and light that one would feel if they were living the Good Life. It almost seems like a happy memory because Monet painted in broken, rhythmic strokes giving a hazy, but beautiful look.

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