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Qing Dynasty jade sculptures.

I was particularly interested in the medium of art that William Zorach used in the Hen. Zorach immigrated to the US from Lithuania and he painted and began to carve wood and stone sculptures in 1917. I love how simple the sculpture is, yet how smooth and refined the stone is. It loks like Zorach must have put a lot of work into it and I have always been fascinated with rocks and other interesting materials. I think it's really cool that the hen must have came from a giant stone and that Zorach must have had a very clear vision of it as he craved away the stone and smoothed out the flawlessly smooth and simple curves of the sculpture. I really appreciated the technique used on the hen and I'll have to go see it again sometime.

I think the best designed part of the exam was the Asian art wing. Not only was it filled with amazing art, but the rooms were a great place to be in. The main room had a giant window with a garden outside and there were large exhibits on the main floor with hundreds of amazing jade sculptures in cabinets along the outskirts of the room. There was also a room of old Korean sculptures that was a very nice place to be. Something about the whole area was very relaxing and made me ponder the art very seriously. One of the reasons it was so enjoyable was that it was a big change from living on a campus crawling with people. I had the whole wing to myself and it was very peaceful.

The Disasters of War were a series of pictures painted by Francisco Goya. They show pictures of atrocities and suffering that occurred during the Peninsular wars between France and Spain. This aligns with my core values because where I believe some wars are necessary, I believe they're a terrible thing to resort to and can resolve problems but all too often at an outweighing cost. The paintings remind us that war is far more horrendous than it is glorious. This aligns with my values because I believe the only time to have a physical fight is in self defense or to defend someone else in danger.

Jim Twadell's Place by George Wesley Bellows contains some elements of a good life we have learned about in this class. Bellows studied at the New York school of art and became famous because of his paintings of the Urban New York environment. However, this painting is of a rural house with beautiful scenery. I think this shows the joy of simplicity, nature, and a good amount of isolation. Perhaps, this is what Bellows was longing for after being in New York for so long. I know that sometimes I wish to be alone because of the campus here in Gainesville and I'm sure the feeling would be much stronger living on the streets of New York. Peering into the world of the painting, it appears that there were simple jobs to be done on this property. Perhaps it was a farm. This kind of self-sustaining life has many elements we learn to be important for a good life.

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