University of Texas - Dallas
A Journey Through Art
You've got a ticket in your hand - Where will you go? What will you do? What will happen when you get there?
An enchanted ticket, speckled with the paints of artists past and present, allows me to enter any museum at any time to study, engage, and feel the mastery of the artists' paint brushes in an effort to expand the use of my own. I set my plan of action: visits to the Musee Marmottan Monet and the Louvre in Paris, France, as well as the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Each building contains the framed masterpieces that inspire a world without a need for translation.
In a quiet room, Monet comes alive through watery depictions of beauty. I find myself magically seated beside the river and become one of his subjects. The flowing beauty of mixed colors, blending and floating, connects me to the scene. A breeze wafting off from the Seine River entices me to come ever closer. Willows weep tears of lavender and aqua, and the artist is rendered in the water's reflection. I could spend a lifetime in the tranquility of Monet's world but the City of Lights beckons me on.
The Louvre offers a variety of genres, but I find myself drawn to the statues situated throughout the museum. Each teaching the lessons of life that remain relevant through the centuries. I observe Hercules struggle with the serpent, reminding me that good overcomes...
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