The Harn Museum of Art By Will Walker

The Harn Museum of Art is very impressive. It has a vast collection of art from many cultures and time periods.

The moment I walked inside, I was greeted by a friendly employee. The galleries were so large, I didn't have time to look at each piece.

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".

This piece is called "Polichinelle" by Edourard Manet. This conveys the theme of the common man standing up to people of power. Manet was the first artist to create an original color lithograph. This print was supposed to be printed in 8000 impressions, however since it depicted the French president, it was not allowed. The piece was printed anyways, and Manet stood up against the government. It's important for people to fight for things they believe in, if they are to achieve the Good Life. This adds to my appreciation of this theme because the painting had an impact on social change and is still here today. One small action can inspire other and create a change need to achieve the "Good Life".

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