Good Life tour of The Harn Museum By: Jared Dawson

Medium of Art, Technique of Artist

The Raven by Edouard Manet

This artwork is a visual representation of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven" writing, just by a glance it wouldn't surprise someone to know that the work was based off of one of his writings considering how he writes. Being present and in-person to view the work played an important role in appreciating it in that it allowed me to see it more clearly and it's qualities which give off the unique strange and eerie feeling found from his poems, through it's shading, dark colors, faintly drawn lines or other things of artistic nature. The medium itself wasn't unique in that it was simply a drawing on a piece of paper but it's technique in drawing style was effective to encapsulate the feeling of Edgar Allen Poe's writings of dark and eerie nature, to me it was felt so much that from what I recall I thought that the drawing may have been based one of his works before I even read the caption saying that it indeed had been.

Entrance into Exhibit Portion of the Museum

This was the entrance to the portion of the museum containing all of the artwork and exhibits, it's high importance lies in that it is the first the you see when you walk in and last thing you see when you walk out. It also acts as a hub and connects different wings/exhibits of the museum's to to one another, although not all of them. The large spacing and lighting, with spotlights highlighting the locations of the works of art, also helped attribute to the feeling that needed to be encapsulated when walking in and seeing what the museum was like for the first time. The works of art at the entrance themselves were also something of intrigue, with things such as works utilizing optical illusions, one which was made entirely crushed up aluminum, quilts, pottery, historical works of art such as shovels used as currency, or other various things. The entrance overall did an effective job at welcoming an observer into the museum as it's first thing to be seen.

The Woodcutter, Robert Gwathmey, 1945

This work depicts the simple scene of two woodcutters doing their work. To me, the values behind it are ones of simplicity and being together, and the work may possibly depict a father and his son doing woodsman's outside a cabin. It helped to remind me of the values of being a family and working together with one another, in ease and peace. It reminded me of my of the many times my father would call me out to help him with work his yardwork in the backyard, and although I never wanted to work with him, I know that it was for the better and are now simple memories which I can look back and cherish in being able to spend the time with him, which are important.

Women Before a Mirror, Friedrich (Fritz) Capelari, 1915

Finally, this work depicts a Japanese woman looking at herself in the mirror, looking behind her at an observer. It was written by someone from Austria who lived much of his life in Japan and it's design/style takes influence from how many other depictions of these types of females were found in Japan in traditional art in it's history. It represents the module of embodying the Good Life in that it deals with the human body (that of a Japanese woman), and she is shown to be someone of a good degree beauty and elegance. Being that this work took inspiration from what, in Japan's history, may have depicted what a youthful, prime Japanese woman would look like, it can be related to how cultural/societal/human standards for physical beauty and attractiveness may change and vary from era to era, an important them discussed within the module. For this, it can show what Japan's perception of that may've been like through it's watercolor art.

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