Good Life Tour of the Harn James Crouse

"Champ d'avione" by Claude Monet

Medium of Art/ Technique of Artist: While at the Harn museum I had the pleasure of viewing this painting first hand. I had previously seen paintings in museums, books, and online; there is nothing that comes close to experiencing a painting live. When physically at the museum, one is allowed to be completely focused on the artwork, you can see every brushstroke and see a depth invisible in photos. Every thing the artist does is purposeful, from the physical size of the painting to the amount of paint applied with each brush stroke. Physically being there allowed me to gain an actual appreciation for the art because it shows the world from the artist's perspective, it is not just a random painting of a "pretty" landscape.

Asian Art Exhibit

Design of the Museum: Every exhibit in the museum is designed to accentuate the art work within it. All of them had their own characteristic style, from the layout to lighting to construction and painting. It is equivalent to salt and pepper in a dish, its purpose is to enhance the flavor of the food, not distract the pallet with an obtrusive flavor. My favorite example was the Asian Art Exhibit, the exhibit itself was beautiful and really made me feel as though I could better appreciate the artwork. Natural lighting was used to great ends, the large open windows allowed for enough light to come in but not be obtrusive.

17th century sculpture Bodhisattva

Art and Core values: This sculpture, for me, represents the essence of true self introspection. For me this is extremely important because it is what truly allows one to grow as a person. Before one can grow, you must be able to see and accept who you currently are and this sculpture really shows that. The sculpture seems to be at ease because of this. It made me think of who I am today and compare it to who I want to become.

"In Washington Square" by Raphael Soyer

Art and the Goodlife: This painting by Soyer depicts the struggles of unemployment faced by people during what is likely the "Great Depression." This piece seems to show people thinking of the goodlife, what their past was like and how their future could of been different if it had not been for the "Great Depression." The painting makes me appreciate my current situation more as it allows me to see a possible future where things aren't as bright. It made me take a second and think about what my life is, what it has been, and the efforts I am willing to make to ensure that it is "good" when I am older.

Credits:

Kyle Scheller Sydney Whiteside

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