Arts Everyday Living: The Art of Contemplation and Meditation-From Monet to Pissarro to Church

 

 

THE ART OF CONTEMPLATION

Take a few moments to contemplate or meditate upon a work of art. For a painting is more then brushstrokes on a canvas but also the vision of the artist, offering us a pathway to enhancing our experience of life, emotionally and spiritually.

 

Claude Monet, Low Tide at Pourville, near Dieppe, 1882, oil on fabric, Gift of Mrs. Henry White Cannon, Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Title: Low Tide at Pourville, near Dieppe, 1882

Artist: Claude Monet (1840-1926)

Whether a seascape by Monet, inspired by the Normandy coast where he grew up. Here, capturing the calming beauty of a late afternoon when the ocean and the sky seem one bathed in miraculous tones of blue eternity.

 

Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Prater Landscape, c. 1831, oil on wood panel, Andrew R. and Martha Holden Jennings Fund, Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Title: Prater Landscape, c. 1831

Artist: Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller (1793-1865)

Or a landscape by Austrian master Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller, when the summer light penetrates deep into the forest, creating areas of emerald green and velvet shadows.

 

Camille Pissarro, Snow at Louveciennes, c. 1870, oil on canvas, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Larned Coburn Memorial Foundation, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois

Title: Snow at Louveciennes, c. 1870

Artist: Camille Pissarro (1830-1903)

Or a scene of falling snow transforming our perception of the world, temporarily covering the trees and ground in pristine white. Through the eyes of Impressionist Pissarro who understood too the timelessness  of a winter day, allowing us to share its silent poetry, without having to endure the cold.

 

Frederic Edwin Church, Twilight in the Wilderness, 1860, oil on canvas, Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund, Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio

Title: Twilight in the Wilderness, 1860

Artist: Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900)

While Hudson River School icon Frederic Church immortalizes Twilight in the Wilderness, that fleeting instance just after sunset, when the intense, even violent red of the dying sun penetrates nature’s soul.

 

 

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