Putting the "high" in high art: DC Edition

  • Putting The 'High' in High Art: 'Theodore Duret' by Edouard Vuillard

    'Theodore Duret' by Edouard Vuillard

    If you’re the type of person who likes to stay busy, you eventually reach a point where you feel insane for running around and juggling everything and being so constantly harried, but you also totally revel in it, because everything’s an experience, and it feels so good to fill up your time with...

  • Putting The 'High' in High Art: 'Madonna and Child with Angels' by Orcagna and Jacopo di Cione

    'Madonna and Child with Angels' by Orcagna and Jacopo di Cione

    I’ve been thinking about my obsession with the color blue lately, unsure what, exactly, it is tied to, and maybe it was my heightened state of awareness, but I was loving the many different iterations of the Virgin’s blue garment I could find throughout the National Gallery. You’ve got a surprisingly...

  • Putting The 'High' in High Art: 'Rouen Cathedral, West Facade' and 'Rouen Cathedral, West Facade, Sunlight' by Claude Monet

    'Rouen Cathedral, West Facade' and 'Rouen Cathedral, West Facade, Sunlight' by Claude Monet

    Having previously experienced Monet’s multiple paintings of the Rouen Cathedral in a more temperate mental state, I thought I would be dizzied by Monet’s gothic cathedrals. I feared I might fall over from getting lost in the thick, fractured strokes of color and be unable to readjust my perspective...

  • Putting The 'High' in High Art: 'Horse and Rider' by Marino Marini

    'Horse and Rider' by Marino Marini

    Standing around these public spaces, I tried to overcompensate for my relaxed state by locking my legs and spine, shifting my weight frequently from one side to another. It was uncomfortable but exhilarating to be outside doing this at all, so I easily identified with Marini’s bronze statue in...

  • Putting The 'High' in High Art: 'The Adoration of the Magi' by Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi

    'The Adoration of the Magi' by Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi

    It’s as though the artists went about the painting thinking, “How can we force people to stare at this beyond what the average human attention span can allow?” Like a mandala, the figures in the Early Italian Renaissance tondo spiral around the center of the painting (which happens to be a donkey...

  • Putting The 'High' in High Art: 'Little Girl in a Blue Armchair' by Mary Cassatt

    'Little Girl in a Blue Armchair' by Mary Cassatt

    Sometime between nearly drooling on the Vermeers and feeling majorly oppressed by a wood-paneled gallery full of way-larger-than-life society portraits of rich nobility (hung at such a height that you MUST look up at them and their satin and fur robes, like the sad pauper that you are), I found...

  • Putting The 'High' in High Art: 'A Lady Writing' by Johannes Vermeer

    'A Lady Writing' by Johannes Vermeer

    Vermeer is fucking crazy, dude. All of his paintings (and there are only a handful of them that we know of for sure, and you can see a couple of them at the NGA, so consider us lucky) make me think way more than I normally want to about symbolism and imagery, but mostly they make me think about...

  • Putting The 'High' in High Art: 'Woman Holding a Balance' by Johannes Vermeer

    'Woman Holding a Balance' by Johannes Vermeer

    No artist teases like Vermeer. His iconic ‘Woman Holding a Balance’ glows from within the haze of the paint. The daylight emerging through the window onto the gray wall, bubbling with subtle though complex color variations, feels more real than the gallery lights reflected on the real walls surrounding...

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