Friday, September 12, 2008

Why Monet?

By no means am I an expert in art, though I think that I would enjoy taking some art appreciation classes. From what I know about studying art, analyzing the work would be similar to analyzing literature. Before I became and English major, I probably would have told you that I prefer art that is more realistic, where the items in the piece look like they do in real life. Being a black and white thinker, I typically do not like to have to read between the lines. Therefore, work by impressionist painters would not have been my favorite form of art. I always thought that the works were pretty, but I did not really appreciate them.

Than I went back to school and became and English major. I learned how to read beyond the literal words on the page and in doing so, I also learned how to read beyond the literal in other areas of life. Not only has this helped me as I study the Bible, but it has also helped me to appreciate art, movies, and television as well.

After I received my Master's degree (and my youngest sister finished her first Bachelor's), we went with my family to Las Vegas. This was our second trip to Vegas. Matt and I were not very interested in gambling, so we took advantage of other activities that are available (surprisingly there are quite a few non-gambling options in Vegas that do not cost an arm and a leg). In our hotel there was a huge car collection, and across the street at the Bellagio, they had a Monet exhibit. After going to the exhibit, I have become a fan of Monet's work. We have a couple of prints in our bedroom. Now I appreciate the stories behind the works, and I like having to study the piece to truly understand it.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like Monet, too, though I'm sure I don't understand the stories behind the work, I really enjoy his use of color. Thanks for featuring his work on your blog!