Medium of the Art
This sculpture is by Alexander Archipenko, a bronze statue called Reclining. Seeing this sculpture in person helped me better understand the material he used to create this sculpture. Seeing this sculpture in person helped me better understand the work that is required to make this statue not look like it was made of bronze. I found it to be striking because I would not have thought that this was made of bronze, rather it would have been made of some sort of stone. After looking more thoroughly at the sculpture and reading the text placed next to the sculpture, I found out that Archipenko was considered one of the first cubist sculptors. This intrigued me because it didn't conform to what I considered to be cubist art. I really liked this piece because of it's simplicity. I think of cubist works to normally be overwhelming in trying to show all aspects of a form but this sculpture reduces the female figure down to geometric shapes which I guess is cubist but does it in a simpler style than I had seen before.
Design of the Museum
I really enjoyed the design of the entrance to the Asian Art Wing in the Harn. This section of the Harn was filled with rich, dark wood and what wasn't wood, was a simple white wall completing the space. I enjoyed this entranceway because it contrasted with the other areas of the museum directly around it. In the Modern art and Landscape sections as well as the other circulating exhibit in the other room, the floor was carpeted and the walls were painted to exemplify certain works that the museum wanted to showcase. In this section however, the wood was creating an archway into the other room and showcasing the works displayed. This area was appealing to me because it looked very elegant with the contrasting darks and lights of the wood and the walls. Many of the pieces that were displayed in this area were pieces of light or white pottery that stood out against the dark wood boxes they were contained in. I think this room is very interesting because I never really realized the height of the rooms except when I was going through the archway into the full Asian art wing.
Art and Core Values
This painting is called Northeast Gorge at Appledore by Childe Hassam. Hassam was a painter who was based in the Northeast of the United States and painted in the style of impressionist painters. This piece felt really personal to me because growing up my family would go up to Maine every other summer and stay on an island much like the one depicted. When I am up there, everything is calmer and allows for more introspection because it is somewhat remote, you have to take a ferry to get there and there is limited cell service. This painting reminds me of my times there and instills a sense of peace within me. Although the brushwork is very quick and visible creating a sense of movement, the scene is still peaceful and calm. The painting helps me better understand how much I miss Maine and miss my family up in Maine. It also reminds me to cherish who I am when I'm up there and my time up there. This painting is also personal to me because it is part of the Impressionist movement which is my favorite movement in Art History. I am an Art History major and I plan on continue studying this movement so this painting reminds me of this movement.
art and the good life
This painting is by Monet, called Champ d'avoine. I believe it embodies the Good Life value of celebrating the Good Life. I think this painting challenges the viewer to think about what calms them and what makes a painting famous. Because this piece is by Monet, a well known French Impressionist it can give viewers a sense of serenity while also showing what Monet is famous for, his light and bright colors and outdoor landscapes. I think this work embodies the theme of celebrating the Good Life because it shows a calm scene with bright colors representing what the Good Life is for Monet, being able to work outside and create many wonderful paintings. It also depicts where Monet created many of his paintings, in Giverny where he could celebrate all that he had accomplished and the wonders of nature that he routinely painted. I think that most people can appreciate this version of a good life because there is no one depicted in the painting and the colors used are not dark and instead are lighter which gives a lighter and happier feeling to the painting.