Contemporary colorful paintings of fun and figures.
Monday, May 1, 2017
Figuratively Speaking - Too Young
The background painting is located at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, which is my favorite art museum, so far. I love the building which was completed at the end of the 19th century as a station for electric trains and an accompanying hotel. It was renovated as a museum which opened in 1986. It is spectacular architecturally as well as the collection which spans the years 1848-1915 of western hemisphere art. The Impressionists paintings make up a good portion of the collection. This painting, The Red Ball, is by Felix Vallotton. The flatness and odd horizon line of the painting give a sense of a child running after the ball and away from his/her caretakers. It invokes a sense of insecurity, hence (in part) my title Too Young. The second meaning has to do with the visitors pictured here. We all know that obesity is epidemic with the US rating 6th in the world. So "too young" refers to the generations of young people who are sacrificing good health for high calorie and low nutritional content foods. I find it an interesting juxtaposition. Perhaps more of us should be running after that little red ball. Why am I thinking about chocolate right now??? Go Figure!