This particular piece is called "St. Jean's Bay" by Leon Kroll. It's a depiction of a coastal village on the French-Spanish border. At first glance, it didn't seem to be very special, but with a closer look, I noticed all of the specific details in the painting. Kroll used oil on canvas as his medium, and he really makes the village come to life. It shows people taking a break from their hectic lives and enjoying things like reading, fishing or just relaxing by the bay. Just looking at an image of this painting wouldn't do it justice. The people and the buildings are hard to distinguish, so it makes it more relatable. It reminds me of a place in the Bahamas my family and I often visit. The way Kroll crafts his artwork, brings back a nostalgic feeling for me.
Each part of the Harn Museum is specifically designed to enhance the portrayal of the artwork it contains. I found the Asian Art Wing to be very interesting. The hardwood floors and pillars contributed to the mood of the artwork. It was a very peaceful room which aligned itself nicely with the Asian ideals and philosophies the artwork depicted.
This was my favorite piece in the Asian Wing. It's called "Dancing Ganesh" from the 13th century. It's a sculpture of the son of the Hindu god Shiva and godess Parvati. Ganesh is known as the "solver of problems" and "bestowed of blessings". Looking at this sculpture gave me joy and humor. I think everyone could use more joy and humor in their lives. This appeals to my core value of positivity. Joy and humor are part of that core value, and this sculpture reminded me of that. Having a positive outlook is important to living a successful and fulfilling life. In other words, staying positive contributes to living "the Good Life".