Mpls Institute of Art

Topics: Art, Expressionism, Hudson River School Pages: 3 (884 words) Published: April 14, 2013
My First Brush with an Art Museum
Being a fairly artist person for my entire life, I feel like it is a little weird that I have never been to an ‘art museum’. I grew up with a very artist mother, who did a lot of carvings and even won prizes for some of her carvings, and I believe that artistic talent rubbed off on me as well. I have always had interest in art, and strived in high school where I was placed in advanced art, painting and drawing classes. These days, I have traded my pencils and paintbrushes for mouse-pointers and Photoshop. So I was pretty excited to go to the Minneapolis Art Institute’s art museum over Spring Break, and excited to get a good grasp on some of the changes and fads that came out during different eras of art.

The first piece that caught my eye was the Portrait of Paris von Gütersloh. It was created by Egon Schiele, back in 1918. It is an ‘unfinished’ painting of his friend, because Schiele died in that same year, 1918, during the influenza epidemic. Although it is technically unfinished, under the category of Austrian Expressionist portraits, it still is considered a masterpiece. I really liked how his eyes lured you in, something about the eyes definitely interested me. The colors, and the overall design of the painting reminded me of something you would see in a dream.

The next piece I would like to talk about is called Le Petit Dejeuner. It is a painting by Fernand Leger. I chose this one because it shows contrast, because it was created in 1919, a year later than the last one, created in 1918, and is completely different in style. While my mind attempted to wrap itself around all the different objects in the painting, I found myself staring at it, trying to ‘solve’ it, but attracted to it. I think that’s half of the attraction right there, yearning to ‘solve’ it.

The next one on my list of items is Catskill Mountain House by Jasper Francis Cropsey in 1856. I thought this was a beautiful painting of landscape. I loved...
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