Introduction: I recently took a trip to the Harn Museum. Its exhibits were thought-provoking and there were multiple exhibits that drew my eye. It offered meaning through an array of techniques and symbols, ultimately making this trip to the museum praise-worthy.
Technique of the Artist: Stuart Robert Purser was a 20th century artist whose paintings portray human experiences as "universal statements." Funeral is an oil on canvas painting with meaning that jumps off the page. Purser's intention was to paint the scene as an observer, rather than giving a sense of partaking in the funeral activities. The oil on canvas technique was striking to me, given how the array of rich colors really balanced out the contrasting light and dark hues. The painting communicated a sense of loss, which made me feel a little out of sorts, but that was the point of the painting. Since it is such a universal human experience to lose a loved one or attend a funeral, it helps connect multiple viewers of the art on a deeper level.