Posts Tagged ‘faith’

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A great place to find peace of mind in a turbulent world.  A silent place to connect with our Creator.

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Spring awakening, spirits awaken as spring revives our hearts in Mohican landscape of north-central Ohio.

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Christ in profile, 1930 Georges Rouault.

I was wonderfully surprised on my first visit to the Cincinnati Art Museum to see a very large collection of paintings by my favorite painter Georges Rouault.

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Georges Rouault, Still life with flowers, 1939

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Georges Rouault,The injured clown, 1932

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Georges Rouault, The Clown, 1918-22

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Georges Rouault, Nocturne, 1939

Rouault’s early style was academic. But around 1898 he went through a psychological crisis, and, subsequently, partly under the influence of Post-Impressionist artists: Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, and Paul Cézanne, he evolved in a direction that placed him as, a fellow traveller of the Fauves (Wild Beasts), who favored the use of strong color like blues, dramatic lighting, emphatic forms, and an expressive scribble.

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Georges Rouault, Detail of Nocturne, 1939

Rouault’s artistic evolution was accompanied by a religious one, for he had become an ardent Roman Catholic.  He began to frequent, as had Daumier, the Paris law courts, where he had a close view of humanity apparently fallen from the grace of God. His artistic focus became prostitutes, tragic clowns, and pitiless judges.

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Georges Rouault, Detail#2 of Nocturne, 1939

Rouault is considered an isolated figure in art history for at least two reasons: he practiced Expressionism a style that has never found much favor in France, and he was chiefly a religious painter—one of the most convincing in recent centuries. Both statements, however, need qualification. Rouault was not as fiercely Expressionistic as some of his expressionistic contemporaries; and he was not an official church artist; his concern with sin and redemption was deeply personal.  Rouault has been an artist of personal interest and inspiration to me.  That’s one of the reasons I was so thrilled to see so many of his paintings in Cincinnati.

 

My recent trip to the Cincinnati Museum of Art allowed me the opportunity to explore many examples of faith explored through art and here are a few of my favorites.

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The Fall of the Angles,  Nicolás Francés

 

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The Lamentation,  Pedro Berruguete

 

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Christ in agony on the Cross, El Greco.

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Have a great 2015!  2014 was a wonderful year in many ways.  I thank you for joining my blog and following my journey.

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Now it is time to move forward remembering the past but not letting it hinder our move into the future our undiscovered year to come!

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I pray that you may find your path and allow Christ to guide you on your way this year!

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Merry Christmas from Willard, Ohio!  [ A Child Has Been Born ] A child has been born for us. We have been given a son who will be our ruler. His names will be Wonderful Advisor and Mighty God, Eternal Father and Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 CEV

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I visited the exhibit The Great War: Art on the Front Line at the Toledo Museum of Art this fall.

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July 28, 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I (1914–1918), a global conflict that resulted in more than 17-million deaths and another 20-million wounded. Its widespread deployment of mechanized and chemical warfare represented an application of science and technology that brought an end to what many had seen as the promise of industrialization to promote a peaceful and prosperous future.

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The art world reacted strongly to this unprecedented carnage. Many artists were involved in the fighting, their experiences profoundly affecting their worldview and their art. Whether they fought in the war or not, artists in Europe and America sought new styles and new philosophies to express their views of a society now forever changed.

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The Great War exhibit included paintings, sculpture and works on paper by Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Childe Hassam, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Käthe Kollwitz and others. It was a great opportunity for me to view many pieces of art that I have studied, read about and viewed only from books.  It was a great opportunity to personally interact with art that has impacted my life academically, intellectually, artistically and spiritually.  Thank you Toledo Museum for putting on a great exhibit!

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Sunday at the Celeryville reservoir.  This was a great place to meditate on the book of Romans where Paul states …from the beginning of creation, God has shown what these are like (his eternal power and character that cannot be seen) by all he has made. That’s why those people don’t have any excuse. They know about God, but they don’t honor him or even thank him. Their thoughts are useless, and their stupid minds are in the dark. They claim to be wise, but they are fools. They don’t worship the glorious and eternal God. -Romans 1: 20-21

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All of creation waits and hopes for the coming redemption like this field of corn awaiting it’s future harvest.

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Hiking in a central Ohio green cathedral is a worshipful experience where God’s creation embraces you!