Quirky Artist Stories Nbr 5: Art on a Snowy Day
Last weekend, I went to the Museum of Fine Arts here in Boston to see the Goya Exhibit courtesy of tickets from my friend, Marge. While the Goya show was superb, the Monet, Gauguin, O’Keefe, and Matisse brought goosebumps as always.
What moved me most, though, was a visiting Klimt masterpiece, “Adam and Eve.” At the time of Klimt’s death, Eve’s hands had not yet been painted, with just the barest of outlines hinting at the apple she would have grasped. Left unfinished, the painting evoked a palpable poignancy – it seemed as though the artist had merely put down his brushes and stepped away for a few minutes, instead of for eternity.
The gallery was very crowded that day, with a 50 minute wait for people standing in line. As my friend Naomi remarked, “Whoever said the internet would replace art galleries and museums? Look at all these people.”
She’s right, you know. The vast array of art available online transforms where and how we experience art and artists. In retrospect, my own art history coursework back in the days of those boxed sets of prints feels meager in light of the riches available today at the click of a button.
And yet, there is nothing like standing in front of the actual piece of art, an arm’s length from a canvas and realizing the artist was also at one time the same arm’s length from the same canvas, but with brush in hand, bringing a vision to life. Looking closely at Eve’s unfinished arms from only a foot away brought the painting into a very human realm where I could almost see Klimt standing were I stood, calculating the placement and shape of the missing apple, the colors and brushes he would use.
I’m glad they left it unfinished instead of having an apprentice complete the piece.
It’s a snowy day here, where better to spend it than in a gallery?
Special thanks to my friend Marge for the VIP tickets to the MFA!
Thanks to Krista and WordPress for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself challenge. For a photographer who can’t paint her way out of a paper bag, as the expression goes, I’ve expressed a lot of my thinking around “paintings” in this post, and so the photo in this post is one of my more painterly photos.
Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™
The Tao of Feathers™
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Great Blue Heron, Klimt, Goya, MFA Boston
Posted on January 25, 2015, in ardea herodias, Art, Audubon, Fine art, Great Blue Heron, Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged great blue heron, Klimt, MFA Boston, postaday. Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.