|Mabel Hewit, Houses, 1936|
When I was younger, I used to just stroll through art museums as if they were big illustrated history books. I would marvel at the scenes depicted, clothes worn, and history involved. Now though, I use them as big buildings of inspiration. The CMA did not disappoint.
First, we were met with the special exhibit of depression era artist, Mabel Hewit. I had never seen her work before but thought the ads for the exhibit looked interesting. The exhibits were of her wood cuts and showcased her use of bold color and simple shapes. I literally feel in love with her work and I'm sure she'll be an influence in mine.
|Degas. Dancer Looking at the Sole of her Right Foot, 1896|
|Sloan, Women's Work, 1912|
I could go on and on. Still my favorite part of the museum was the paintings from the 19th and 20th century. So many of the pieces were figurative without being too realistic so that they weren't just a snapshot of that moment but also envoked a strong feeling.
So remember to take time to treat yourself and your eye to a bit of culture and beauty. Visit a museum or a gallery. Your soul will thank you.