My First Museum Trip

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FAS 101
09 October 2011

My First Museum Trip

When I read this assignment I realized that I have never actually been to an art museum. I immediately logged onto the computer and discovered that I live only a few miles from the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Va. I was very interested to put the things that I have learned during my art class to use in the museum. Although I was not sure what style of art I would like or dislike, I was going to take my time and look at them all.

The Chrysler Museum has wide range of collections such as European, American, Modern, Ancient, Photography, Contemporary, and Decorative Arts. With many paintings, sculptures, and designs from several different artist. I enjoyed the section dedicated to local artist from the Norfolk area. It was nice to see the museum display so many different things and give so many details about each piece. After walking through, looking at each piece, and feeling a connection to just a few paintings in the museum I picked my favorite collection.

Albert Bierstadt, The Emerald Pool, 1870
The American painting and sculpture collection was my favorite followed close with the European Collection. The Emerald Poll, by Albert Bierstadt is an oil painting on canvas from 1870. This painting really enjoyed and quickly became my favorite. I really liked the use of the colors and textures used to create a place of total peace. The linear perspective of the painting allows you to flow up the stream and through the mountains rising through the mist in the distance. The contrast of the emerald pool makes it appear cool and inviting. I really enjoyed this painting and wished that the museum had more of Albert Bierstadt’s work on display. The details made me feel like I could step into the painting and all my troubles would fade away into the mist. I would be able to breathe a deep breath of fresh air and my son could lie on blanket and watch all beautiful colors. This was one of Albert Bierstadt’s...
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