Medium of the art: This was the first art museum that I had ever been to. I was taken aback by the detail that was present in each and every piece of artwork in the museum. More specifically, this is me looking at my first Monet, "Champ d'avoine." What I learned from this experience is that online pictures can never do justice to a piece of art. In person, I noticed the incredible blending that Monet used to create such a put together piece of art. You can see every small stroke that he used. Every fine detail is purposeful. It was truly a completely new experience for me. For me, it was really exciting that I was standing two feet away from the same canvas that one of the world's most prolific artists stood two feet away from over 100 years ago.
"Champ d'avoine" by Claude Monet
Design of the Museum: My favorite exhibit, aesthetically, was the Asian art exhibit. I love how open the room felt, and especially liked the large windows at the back of the room. These large windows showed a beautiful garden and let in plenty of natural light, which made the exhibit much more appealing. The exhibit made me feel like I was in an art exhibit in some quaint Asian town. Everything felt spread out and I felt very in tune with nature.
Art and Core Values: This 17th century sculpture of the Bodhisattva encapsulates a main core value of mine, which is being true to yourself. The Buddha represents what everyone should strive to be- a human being that has reached complete satisfaction with life, and ultimately Enlightenment. When I looked at the sitting Bodhisattva, I saw someone at peace with himself and everything around him. Seeing this representation of Buddha, somehow makes me feel like I could some day reach a point when I am completely happy with my life.
Art and the Good Life: Raphael Soyer's "In Washington Square" depicts a group of working class people who currently face unemployment, likely during the Great Depression. Although we aren't currently suffering through an intense depression, poverty still exists. People still face unemployment. It may not be something that we, as students, have to face every day, but as we live our happy lives in college, there is always someone out there struggling to find a job, struggling to pay rent. This painting helps depict a Good Life theme of appreciating what we have in front of us because there are always people who have it worse.