This painting is named "Central Park Winter" and was painted by an artist by the name of Emil Ganso in 1926. When searching for this image online, the image appears to be even more faded, distorted, and dull. In person, though, the colors are distinctively different shades of grays/blues/whites and the image is vivid. Viewing this painting in person allowed me to appreciate the intricacy of the painting by being able to observe the minuscule details that helped shape the the painting to be as beautiful as it is. Ganso's use of dark, but distinct oil paints connects him with the Expressionist movement of the early 1900s, which emphasized authentic emotional expressions/responses through the use of vivid colors and other artistic techniques. I personally felt that the use of vivid colors emphasized nature's beauty and also found a sense of peace within nature because of the lack of human or industrial presence in the painting. Furthermore, the use of a winding path in the painting gave me an allusion of one finding their life's path through retreat into and finding peace within nature. Overall, the painting communicated to me that nature is essentially an abused, overlooked safe haven. Many humans ignorantly deny the power and beauty of nature, and this painting serves to emphasize it's existence and grandeur.
This is a picture of me in front of the "Mirror, Mirror...Frida Kahlo" exhibit of the museum. This exhibit particularly stood out to me because it was made entirely up of photographs of a beautiful woman by the name of Frida Kahlo. I also found it particularly striking that, although the photos were taken in the early-mid 1900's, most of the photos were in black and white. The only photos that I saw that were in color were of her indulging in life's simple pleasures, as illustrated in "Frida Kahlo (sitting on rooftop holding cigarette" and "Frida Seated in Her Garden." This wing was also particularly pleasing to me because all of the paintings were presented in an orderly, symmetric fashion. This gave me, and the other visitors, the illusion of a progression of time and the feeling that I was consecutively following the story Frida Kahlo. The flow of the room allowed me to feel like I was witnessing the evolution of Frida Kahlo from a life of struggle to a life of happiness.