|"The Shade" by Rodin at The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia. (image Wikipedia)|
What was the first piece of art that you ever saw? For me, it was this sculpture in Atlanta and it took my breath away. I thought it was amazing. I still do.
"The Shade" was a gift from France to the people of Atlanta to honor the 106 Atlanta arts patrons killed in June of 1962, in a plane crash at the Orly airport in Paris, while on a trip sponsored by Atlanta's High Museum of Art. At that time, it was the worst single plane aviation disaster in history. This was not only a personal tragedy but it was also a tragedy for the arts in Atlanta as it took away the people who were the biggest supporters of the arts and those who would have convinced other people in the city of the importance of art. Sometimes people are referred to as "shakers and movers" and I think that this group of people were exactly that, trying so hard to have a major art museum in Atlanta, Georgia in the 1960's.
Art... what do you say that it is? Once, during a speech class in college, I had to give an impromptu speech about art and I stuttered and stumbled my way through that subject, trying so hard to recall quotes from Plato and Aristotle. I remember that I said that I thought that art was the expression of truth and/or beauty and that it was hard for me to define "art" but that I know art when I see it. Sometimes, what other people call art...
One of my favorite artists is Claude Monet. (It is my dream to one day visit Giverny in France and to see Monet's gardens! Look at a map and see how close I am when I am on the Southeast coast of England, so near and yet so far. One day!) Recently, Richard took a photo of the lake at Arabia Mountain, and it reminded me of Monet... the reflection of the trees in the water, the green lilly pads in the water. Art!