Posts Tagged ‘paintings’

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Henry Ossawa Tanner, Flight into Egypt, 1907

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Near The Village, October, George Inness, 1892

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Grant Wood, 1932, Daughters of Revolution

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Patience Serious, Robert Henri, 1915

My final installment of images from the Cincinnati Art Museum are paintings that I found very moving and meaningful.  It was a wonderful experience to see these paintings up close and personal.

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Arshile Gorky, Virginia Landscape, 1944

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Seated Woman, Alexei Jawlensky, 1911

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Andre Derain,  River Scene, 1906

Expressionistic works with wild wonderful color at the Cincinnati Art Museum.  A great way to refresh my soul on a rainy Ohio afternoon.

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The Chihuly Glass Chandelier at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

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Detail of the Miro mural at the Cincinnati Museum of Art.

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The Port of Dunkerque, 1954 Nicolas de Stael

 

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My kids and I spent a day at the Cleveland Museum of Art in January viewing the collection and the exhibit Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography.  I wish to share some of my favorites from the museum.

 

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Here are two views of The Heroic Head of Pierre de Wiessant, One of the Burghers of Calais” by Auguste Rodin.

 

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The Large Plane Trees by Vincent van Gogh.

 

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The Hills, South Truro by Edward Hopper.

 

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One of my all time favorite paintings, Head of Christ by Georges Rouault.

 

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 Wrapping it up at the Lafayette by Romare Bearden.
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1938 January by Grant Wood.
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The Cleveland Museum of Art is a wonderful museum.  I try to visit once a year.  It’s difficult for me since I live ninety miles away but it is worth the trip.  Ohio is blessed with great art venues.  I try to visit one every season.  It’s a great way to refresh my soul.

The Annunciation to the Shepherds by Abraham Bloemaert, c. 1600

The Annunciation to the Shepherds, Abraham Bloemaert, 1600.

I cannot image what it must have been like to sit outside in the dark with little to no fire on a cold night watching and defending a herd of sheep all night.

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Annunciation to the Shepherds, Abraham Hondius, 1663.

What must it have been like to witness the sudden appearance of the angel Gabriel amidst that dark and lonely landscape?

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Thomas Cole, The Angel Appearing to the Shepherds, 1833–34.

How would I react to the message given to me by an angel?  …Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” Book of Luke, Chapter 2 (NLT).

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The Annunciation of the Shepherds, 2000, Edward Knippers.

I can understand the reaction of the shepherds: fear; it seems to be a recurring reaction to an encounter with an angel’s sudden appearance.

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Seeing Shepherds, 2011, Daniel Bonnell.

13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”  I cannot image what it must have been like to witness this sight the shepherds experienced.  I believe the artist Daniel Bonnell has done a wonderful job visualizing the scene.

Shepherds Abiding in the Fields, by Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890)

Shepherds Abiding in the Fields, by Carl Heinrich Bloch.

15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” I find it amazing that the shepherds were able to gather themselves together and follow the direction of the angel.  I guess they became the first pilgrims and the first missionaries seeking to understand what they had been told by a otherworldly messenger.

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Govert Teunisz Flinck, Angels Announcing the Birth of Christ to the Shepherds, 1639.

I hope that I would have the faith and persistence to follow what a heavenly messenger summoned me to do.  I know that I would have the fear part down with an encounter like this.  But in reflection, I realize that I daily experience Christ through His word, His followers and His creation.  He sends many encounters my way, but am I alert and watchful enough to be aware and take notice, or do I ignore or live in fear?  I pray that I can be more alert, watchful and willing to follow and obey what God places in front of me daily;  whether it’s Christmas, a dark Judean field or somewhere in the midst of Ohio, I hope to be found faithful.

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The second week of advent I look and reflect on a small unknown town called Bethlehem.

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The Census at Bethlehem (also known as The Numbering at Bethlehem), by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, painted in 1566.

This place, a small town, has become known to the rest of the world because of a birth.

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Lee Pantas, The Road to Bethlehem, 2012.

The lyrics to the song  O little town of Bethlehem state that The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight…

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The arrival at Bethlehem, 1897, by Luc-Olivier MERSON

The one thought that I have had this past week while reflecting on this town, Bethlehem, was that God chose a small, out of the way place to invade to become a part of his creation and reclaim what he began.

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Norman Rockwell Uneasy Christmas in the Birthplace of Christ story illustration for Look magazine, December 29, 1970.

He did not invade in the manner that we would consider impressive.  But he came quietly and, much like us, helpless as an infant.

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Arrival of the Holy Family in Bethlehem, 1543, Cornelis Massys.

Jesus did not come in a sleigh or on a horse.  He did not come as a conqueror.  There was no parade for him, not even really a room for him.

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Road to Bethlehem, by Tom Slack, 2012.

I hope this advent season, the preparation of the coming of Christ, that in some small, quiet way you will make room for him in your life and maybe allow him to invade your heart.

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The Annunciation by Fra Angelico

The first week of Advent, or the preparation of the first coming of Christ, is to reflect on the announcement of the angel Gabriel to Mary that she has been chosen for a special task from God.

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The Annunciation by El Greco

It’s interesting to me how God suddenly and unexpectedly interrupts and transforms the world that we know.  These paintings reflect the message Mary was given.

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Sandro Botticelli, The Annunciation

I find it interesting that we prepare for Christmas by buying things that we think will make the holiday special and memorable, but the real purpose of this time is the fact that God interrupted history by giving the world his presence.

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John William Waterhouse, The Annunciation

How do we react when God interrupts our lives and invades our world with his presence?

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The Annunciation, by John Collier

Do we accept the invasion, the invitation, and praise God and glorify him like Mary, or do we avoid him and continue on our way saying have a good day.

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The Annunciation, by Henry Ossawa Tanner

I guess this is the choice we have to make this advent season as God asks to invade our world and be a part of our life and wishes us to carry his presence.  What will you do as you reflect on these days of preparation?