Good Life Tour of the Harn Laura Quinn

Technique of the Artist

Champ d'avoine (Oat Field) by Claude Monet

I found this painting to be striking because of its style and painter. Claude Monet painted with a style called impressionism, where small visible brush strokes are used to create an impression (for lack of a better word) from far away. Monet is my favorite painter and impressionism is my favorite style. I actually tried to get closer to the painting to look at these brush strokes but the security alarm started beeping! Impressionism is creating detail without detail, it is almost an illusion as to how it is viewed. The colors and lines blend together softly, not in a way that obscures the image, but subtly blurs it. This artwork made me feel calm and relaxed, almost as if I were viewing the landscape in real life.

Design of the Museum

Highlights from the Asian Collection Exhibit

The Harn Museum was filled with floor to ceiling windows and themed gardens. I especially enjoyed the Asian Collection Exhibit because of its generous natural lighting and its garden. There are artifacts in the center of the room that are silhouetted by the light from the garden behind (seen above). Everything was wood, from the floors to the ribbed ceiling. The garden had abundant plant life and a small waterfall and pond. This area of the museum, to me, was the most aesthetically pleasing.

Art and Core Values

I am Not a Persian Carpet by Aphrodite Desiree Navab

One of my core values was helping people. In environments where a group of people are inherently unequal, I believe that in order to help them, you must support them. In this case, I'm talking about feminism. In "I am Not a Persian Carpet," there is a woman's stomach exposed with a black ink pattern. When I first saw this, I thought about the objectification of women in the world and the oppression of women in some countries. However, this artwork feels freeing to me. The woman in this picture and the woman taking it are rebelling against their culture of modesty to spread the idea that women are more than fancy carpets to be walked on. The monochromatic color scheme of the photograph also convey a sense of being stuck back in time.

Art and the Good Life

Sheep Wranglers by Justine Kurland

In this photograph, young girls are playing in the field. The lighting is perfect and emits a happy glow over the girls. This reminds me of the good life because of its simplicity. They find happiness in each others company while talking and playing; They all seem so content and carefree. I feel like in our day to day lives, we can let go of this simple happiness and forget to spend time reconnecting with nature and people even when, in my opinion, it is imperative for attaining the good life. This painting represented a state of mind and a place in life that I would like to achieve.

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