It's hard for me to wrap each of these museum visits into a succinct blog post. During my time wandering the halls of these incredible guardians of artistic history, I alternate between feelings of immense inspiration, humbleness, inadequacy, awe, bewilderment, and occasionally, a flicker of confidence. :) I cannot remember being barraged so rapidly with varying emotions like this before. It's quite exhausting as I try to make myself available to the experience.
The Musée D'orsay contains masterpieces by artists of more recent history (Van Gogh, Monet, Bouguereau, etc.) This refined focus allows them a very impressive offering of works I never dreamed I would see in real life. Unfortunately, their lighting situation is much less favorable than the Louvre, so photography was often not possible due to the very dim environment. But there were a few gorgeous works that were lit well enough for a pic. Thank goodness!
One element that was repeatedly prevalent regardless of style or genre was the quality of execution. This is the part of my several visits that humbled me most. I tell my students often that it's normal to toil and anguish over our mistakes or labored strokes in one of our paintings, while another artists' work appears to be free of this angst. I don't think this lack of angst is the source of my humbleness while viewing the art. Everyone makes mistakes. Even rock star artists! :) But there was a level of selective refinement and excellence in these works at the museums that left me dumbfounded. It made me feel like a slacker, technically speaking. I think it's safe to say I will be fiddling with my paintings a whole lot more and less quick to declare them finished.
While immediate gratification is an addicting drug and admittedly one of my favorites, I will be focusing more on the delayed variety. Must. Grow. Must. Improve. ✐❤
I chose to include this detail photo of Monet's haystack painting because every time I see his work in person, I am always blown away with how different it appears in the gallery vs. what I learned of his work from textbook photos. His works especially, benefit from an in-person viewing. I know this pic isn't the real thing. But I hope it can give you a taste of what I mean.
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