Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Try to keep some perspective on this
It's All About Your Perspective.
While wandering on the National Mall in Washington DC, I chanced upon the National Gallery of Art, so I went in there to have a look around.
What a beautiful place.
Especially interesting to me was the special exhibition on the work of the French artist, Gustave Caillebotte.
In the background of my unauthorized photograph, which you see here, is the canvas that Monsieur Caillebotte painted in 1877. The painting hangs upon a wall in the next room, beyond the room I was standing in while I snapped the pic:
Not visible to you is an explanatory placard that is fastened on the wall next to his famous artwork. Some art historian has explained therein that Gustave's work reflected a new influence on the painterly art. Photography, the emergent technology of that that day and time, latter-19th-century, had a profound effect on the artist's composition, perspective and use of focus in certain areas of the painting while rendering foreground and background slightly out of focus.
Now in my iPhone photograph, the whole picture is out of focus. I did this on purpose, imitating, as it were, the French impressionists, all of whom had rendered their oil-on-canvas opuses slightly out of focus, as if they had forgotten to put on their glasses when they went out to labor at the easel that day in 1877.
I can relate to this, because I am nearsighted as a bat; my profound appreciation for turn-of--the-20thCentury is perhaps related to this dysfunction in my eyeballs. I'm like one of those less-than-perfect persons you see in the Latrec paintings that came later.
So you can see here that I myself have entered into the gallery of impressionist phone-artists of the early 21st Century. And in my opinion this photograph is an artistic extension of the work that was pioneered by Messers Caillebotte, Renoir, Monet, Manet, Matisse etcetera etcetera.
The gentleman on the left in my etoîle image here was doing his job well; so he was obliged to tell me that I couldn't take pics in that room.
I did not know that (and I am telling the truth), I said to him.
"There's a sign at the entrance to the room," he said.
Nevertheless, the image was already captured in my mobile device, so hey, what the heck, I thought I'd share my perspective with you.
Have a nice day. And remember. . .
As you travel through life, brother and sister, whatever be your goal, keep your eye on the detail, not on the whole.
Or maybe it's the other way around.
Anyway, try to keep your highest priorities in focus. As for the artsy stuff, that focus element is not necessarily essential.
Just please keep it in perspective, so that you know what you're looking at while you're looking at it, if that's possible.