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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Object of Art...

The object of art is not to reproduce reality, 
but to create a reality of the same intensity.” 
Alberto Giacometti 

 In first grade, Claude Monet be came my favorite artist/painter.  My love for his work has not faded over the years--it has only grown deeper and he still remains my favorite.  But over the years, I've fallen in love with other works of art.

One of my favorite places to visit in New York City is the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  I could spend hours and hours...and hours and hours there.  There's so much to see and there never seems to be enough time in the day to see it all.  My first visit to the MET, just over 10 years ago, I fell in love with two other works of art.  No, these works were not created by Monet, but they're beautiful.  Although I don't believe the photos I found on the web can do them justice, I wanted to share a glimpse of their beauty with you today.

This first one is Auguste Rodin's 'The Hand of God.'  It's a sculpture of God's hand forming man and woman.  It's breathtakingly beautiful!  I was fascinated with this piece when I saw it for the first time.  So fascinated, that I purchased a smaller copy of the statue just a couple of years after laying eyes on it at The MET.  I can never seem to find the best place to display it, but it always brings a smile to my face whenever I catch a glimpse of it



The second piece is Jules Bastien-Lepage's 'Joan of Arc'.  I remember turning a corner in The MET and staring at this large beautiful painting hanging on the wall.  It looked as though someone had gone back in time with a camera and snapped a photo of Joan of Arc and hung it on the wall for us to see.  Seriously, it looks that real!  Again, this photo does it absolutely no justice.  You'll just have to see it for yourself!



What's your favorite work of art?  Who is your favorite artist?

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