Every once and a while, I see something so beautifully made that it absolutely takes my breath away… And then I came to Europe, and at this point I can pretty much no longer breathe. These past few weeks have been like a walk through my art history textbook. Before studying abroad, I had an idea of what art was (or as much as I could glean from high school art history class), but now I feel as though I am living in a world where beautiful works are a given and art is a part of life.
This past weekend I took a trip to Paris and hit three museums – the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, and Musee l’Orangerie. I felt as though I embarked on a journey that took me through the change and growth of art throughout human history. Even though I know hundreds of thousands of people have traipsed through these same museums and have gawked at the same paintings, I still felt like the works were speaking to me individually. It was an incredible experience and gave me beautiful ideas for creating and sewing. I wanted to share some of my favorite works with you guys 🙂
Monet’s waterlilies were a calm pool of nature in the middle of my tourist-attraction filled day. It made me want to embroider delicate flower and blossoms while sitting in a lovely Italian garden!
Though I’m usually not a huge fan of portraiture, Renoir’s paintings made me stop because of the detailing of the clothing! Probably not the best reason for appreciating fine art, but I was struck by how the dresses were airy and light yet substantial at the same time. Maybe that’s the power of impressionism! I know the next dress I make will have to be modeled after one of these paintings.
And my all time favorite work of the day was Canova’s Cupid and Psyche. It honestly gave me no specific DIY inspiration, but it fill me with a feeling of overwhelming tenderness and love ❤
What I felt most as I explored these museums was the love of the artists and the strength behind their works. Whether it was tranquility, desperation, love, or sadness, each work invoked such deep feelings. I think we all have an urge to create, to share something unique with those around us. I can only hope that anything I make is able to convey even a fraction of what I saw in these great works of art!