During our previous class we visited the Baltimore Museum of Art, which holds a wide collection of historic, contemporary, and modern art. This was a great experience, especially since we have recently been discussing the power of art. This visit gave us the opportunity to exercise our imaginations and admire a variety of pieces, as well as focus in on a select few. Three paintings that stood out to me during my visit coincidentally happened to all be paintings of landscapes. I was intrigued by how each artist took a simple aspect of nature and portrayed it in their own creative ways. These paintings are a perfect example of how person can express oneself through their own artwork and everyone’s portrayal of something so similar can come out so different. These endless possibilities of expression are what make art so fascinating.
Flower Beds in the Dresden Gardens – Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
This was my favorite painting that I saw at the Baltimore Museum of Art. The first thing that stood out to me was the bright pink colors used in the background and in the detail of the painting. The bright pink and yellow colors of the flowerbeds contrasting the dark green trees around them emphasizes the liveliness and beauty in the gardens. I also like how the shapes of the flowers are not very defined, so when looked at closely, it might be difficult to decipher what the painting is, but when looked at from afar it appears to better resemble a garden. These undefined lines and seemingly random blotches of color allow for a more open interpretation of the painting, which made me want to stare at the painting for long time.. Overall, I love the positive and carefree energy that this painting gives off and every time I look it, I notice something new that I like.
Landscape with Figures – Vincent Van Gogh
This painting was one of the first to catch my attention with all of the sloping hills and swirling trees. One thing that I especially admire about it is how it is made up of detailed lines which seem to flow in the same direction. This causes my eye to move about the painting in a rhythmic manner, which gives me a very calming feeling whenever I look at it.
Painter in the Olive Garden – Henri Matisse
I love the ambiance in this painting by Henri Matisse. Pictured in this landscape is one of Matisse’s favorite models, Henriette Darricarrere, sitting behind an easel, painting her own landscape. Henriette was a talented dancer and in this painting she is described to be “dwarfed by the large olive trees above her that bend into decorative arabesques.” As this statement describes, the curving trees give movement to the painting as if inspiring her to dance.