Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist: While touring the Harn Museum of Art, a painting that struck me was Claude Monet's Champ d'avoine. His Impressionist style that allowed him to uniquely capture on the canvas different aspects of a real-life picture and so accurately depict it made me stop and appreciate the fine work. If I had to pick a most striking aspect, it would have to be the way he portrays light; upon first glance one could mistaken the Canvas for a window. The painting communicated to me the immediacy of art and how capturing even a peaceful oat field in a still moment could represent a triumph of the eternal form that is well-preserved art.
Champ d'avoine (Oat Field). A painting by Claude Monet, painted in 1890
Design of the Museum: While browsing the Asian Collection, an exhibit that stood out to me was the group of various Asian vases they displayed at the entrance of the collection. What I find appealing about the display was how it portrayed so many differently colored vases in a well-lit area and how they arranged in an eye-pleasing manner. I think most of us would find a bunch of vases on display as boring, but each vase had a different design and the entire display was a great preview of the fascinating artwork to come in the Asian collection.
Display of Vases in the Asian Collection, Artists and Date Unknown
Art and Core Values: The aspect that intrigued me in this work was not just the painting but the description as well. Bishop's identification with the working women strikes with my core values of self-improvement and working hard to achieve your goals. Having taken a Sociology class in the previous semester, a concept like a woman having to work harder in a male-dominated society of workers has already been introduced to me, and this painting that reflects that injustice in a time period during which it was most prevalent. Working class women being portrayed as symbols of American mobility reaffirm my belief that believing in and working to achieve a goal can lead to accomplishment.
Three Men at Union Square, a painting by Isabel Bishop, painted in 1930
Art and the Good Life: This sculpture conveyed the theme of spirituality and its place in the good life that we are currently learning in Module One: Seeking the Good Life. The carving is of a religious figure who performs all manners of healing, which I think relates to how for some individuals quests for spirituality or religion helps give them a sense of communion that heals their suffering and gives them a more permanent sense happiness. The fact that the carving suggests comfort and hope to those who hold it conveys the far reaching influence religion can have on the soul.
Archangel Raphael, a carving by George T. Lopez, carved somtime in the Mid-Twentieth Century