Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Enchanting Glassware at the MET

Whoever thinks that there is no artistic beauty in utilitarian objects never spent a Saturday roaming around Homegoods. Well, thanks to the high opinion of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's curators, the elegance and form of glassware has made its stamp on the art world. After all, if it wasn't so interesting, they could've left it in the archives, right?

Walking around the balcony in the American Wing, I found hundreds of unique and varying votives, bottles, decanters, tea cups, vases....phew....the list goes on and on. I loved the artistic choices that the artisans made for each bottle. I can almost imagine them brainstorming in their workshops, saying to themselves, 'how can we make this product unique, eye catching, and memorable?' 

Growing up, my grandmother's house was almost like a museum. She had glassware everywhere! I remember tracing the curves in the textured surfaces (not that I was supposed to touch it *wink*). It amazes me how craftsman can take something so molten hot and form it so distinctively, with geometric shapes, swirls, and contrasting colors. It can be considered nothing but art in my book. No Bauhaus simplicity for me!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Art of Love

I had a friend tell me once, 'You are an artist, so your more romantic!' Hmmm....I don't know about that. I guess that gets filed next to 'Artist = more emotional'. I liked the thought anyway. So here are some beautiful works of art that exhibit the many forms of love that we as humans are privileged to experience.

Mother and Child by Frederic Leighton

 This sweet image reminds me of all the little moments I've had with my own mom over the years. For me, she's always been a figure of beauty and wisdom. In Leighton's portrait; I love that he paints both mother and daughter in bright ivory.The little girls nightdress is like a small drop of water compared to the ocean that is the mothers lushly draped gown. Its a tender symbolism of there connection and relationship.

The Three Sisters by Johann Georg
On that note, Georg paints a perfect moment between siblings (you know, before they start battling over dolls or the last pudding in the fridge). Now that I think of it, my sisters and brother were my first friends. That sort of love is pretty special, especially because they've seen you at your worst!

Girls Strolling In An Orchard by Winslow Homer
Ah, friendship love. If one of those girls had raven black hair, it could be Anne Shirley and Diana Barry, two of my most favorite fictional gal pals. What would life be like without that crazy friend that you could spill your secret to?

A Jewish Wedding by Jozef Israels (1903)
I really loved this painting by Jozef Israels. The lighting and tonality of the work is a lot like a Rembrandt. The soft browns, creams, and ivories reflect the sweet intimacy of the moment, as a quiet hush surrounds the bride and groom. In a way, it depicts a culmination of all other loves, as parents, siblings, and friends are all there, making this sort of love all the more special.

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