The Essence of Culture The Harn

This painting is one that I don't think you could fully appreciate without seeing it in person. The painting allows the viewer to be drawn into this simplistic scene through its perspective in a way that you couldn't appreciate without being there. More than just a downward angled painting, this artwork draws you in as if you're standing there peering into this small world from this window and looking upon the buildings and streets below you. You can see the ledge of the window in the leftmost corner, an important part in drawing the viewer in. Personally, this piece drew me in because, like a book, it was an entrance into another world.

Hassam, Childe Hassam. Gloucester. Gainesville: The Harn. Print.

The Asian Art Wing was, in my opinion, the most serene exhibit in the museum and the one I would consider the most visually appealing to the eyes. The artwork reflected a very traditional and calming nature, in particular due to the openness of the room with its big windows and a peaceful garden view. The artwork was focused around the walls of the wing with two big pieces drawing you towards the garden view. The deep crested wood, surrounding lighting, natural light from the large garden windows, and the open space brought a very peaceful air to the wing. The natural light and garden were a huge contributing factor to its serenity and allowed for a deeper appreciation for the sculptures displayed. Overall, this wing brought a rushing wave of peace over me and initiated deep thought about the artwork in the room, allowing for a full appreciation of not only the sculptures, but the Asian culture it represented.
This painting depicts a group of African American workers in the turpentine industry. For me, this painting represents one of my core values, hard work. Furthermore, this visual representation of hard work leads to a deeper representation of some core values such as unity and teamwork. These men are all working hard, but more than that, this painting doesn't depict one man working hard alone, but rather, a group of men working hard in unison. You see some men removing bark from the trees, and others collecting things in baskets near the bottom of the painting. It's no longer as if each man were working independently in close proximity to each other, but rather as a group to achieve a common goal. For me, this resembles a lot of life where we often find ourselves working alongside other people, and while we may have individual goals or work to accomplish, we collectively work alongside each other to reach a common result.

Wilson, Ellis. Pulling Turpentine. Gainesville: The Harn, 1944. Print.

This painting captures the essence of nature. The earth is run over with vegetation, the sky is beautiful with big, fluffy clouds, and most importantly, are the deer in the left corner grazing through nature. I think the deer are important, not only because it adds life to the painting, but deer are commonly symbolized and beautiful, peaceful animals surrounded by nature. The Good Life theme conveyed in this painting is unison with nature, and overall serenity. The extent to which the vegetation has grown and the depiction of the deer living within nature, relying upon it for food, peace of mind, and shelter, shows the importance nature plays alongside creatures and the serenity it brings to the mind. This painting shows the importance of living a peaceful life among nature and letting that nature consume you and run through your mind and heart. Just as nature has taken over the landscape, it should overcome your mind and its serenity will bring peace to you, but only if you let it.

Herzog, Herman. Landscape With Three Deer. Gainesville: The Harn. Print.

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