Medium/Technique of Claude Monet's "Champ d'avoine (Oat Field)"
What always speaks to me about Monet's paintings is the intricacy and beauty. Like most people, I find such captivating beauty in the short brush strokes that creates such a complex, striking landscape. A champion of the Impressionist movement, Monet's techniques employ short brush strikes to give greater texture and dimensions to the painting. This is why Monet has always been a favorite of mine. His paintings, like the one I found at the Harn, seem to have such simply beauty. Upon closer observation, however, the complexity and intricacy is all too apparent. To me, it communicates the meaning of life. Everyone's lives, including my own, seems so falsely simple. At first glance, someone's life can be deceptively simple. "Champ d'avoine" made me reflect on how intricate life can be and that there is a greater purpose - there are strokes to be brushed.
Claude Monet's "Champ d'avoine (Oat Field)". French. 1890. Oil on canvas.
Design of the David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing
I found this area of the museum most appealing because of the use of space and the lighting. This wing of the museum holds Asian art with a particular emphasis on ceramics. I found that the sleek, simple oak wood interior allowed for a greater appreciated of the design and intricacy of the ceramics and metalwork. The wall that I am facing is floor-to-ceiling glass windows that allow a gorgeous amount of light in. This, alongside, the wood interior only further emphasizes the beauty of the ceramics. I felt inspired and more appreciative of the details of something that seems, to me, so simple.
David A. Cofrin Asian Art Wing. "Brandan" by Brandan. American. 2017.
Frida n Me
This photograph of Frida Kahlo inspires me beyond words. It is so powerful that, although she is bedridden and being fed, she continues to passionately do what she loves. Perseverance, dedication, and passion are the values that come to mind. This photograph helps me better appreciate my values and what I care about. I better understand and realize that if I care about something I need to give it my all. It's hard to spread yourself too thin at this university. It is important to prioritize and only involve myself in things that I truly care about. And if I truly care about something, like Frida cares about her art, I should let nothing stop me.
"Frida Kahlo at ABC Hospital, Fed by a Nurse" by Juan Guzman. Mexican. 1950. Gelatin silver print.
The Good Life: Manhattan
The museum's description for George Grosz's "Manhattan" describes Manhattan as a place where many "sought safety and freedom from Nazi Europe" and "a new home during the war." I didn't quite see the Good Life in this painting upon first look, but after reading the description and contemplating the artist's message, I couldn't think of a better example of the good life. The theme that this painting evokes is "Achieving the Good Life". Many people sought refuge in New York during and after the second World War. I can't imagine how relieved and happy these people must of been to finally feel safe. This painting helps me understand that the good life for each person is assuredly not the same as another person's. While this may just look like the skyline of Manhattan to me, to another it is place of safety and refuge - one free of persecution. It was a humbly change in perspective
"Manhattan" by George Grosz. German. 1946. Oil on board.