I have a dog.
He is a double dapple longhaired Dachshund.
His name is Spike.
He and I are pals.
That has nothing to do with this blog, but it is always good to start a blog with a dog reference. So there it is – my dog reference.
Sometimes a fellow needs to reset. I did that today by spending the day at the Barnes Foundation http://www.barnesfoundation.org. If you’ve never been, I strongly recommend it.
My wife and I got there at about 11.
The building is about as artful as the collection. You are immediately struck by the use of water in the landscaping. A small reflecting pool dominates the entryway in front of the gray concrete building. The highly polished doors open to a darkened hallway, which eventually open to a bright atrium.
The atrium – lit by a series of skylights – is about the size of half of a football field and filled with artsy cushioned benches. The entrance to the collection is non-descript, but when you enter the main gallery you are bombarded by several paintings, but Georges Seurat’s Group of Figures dominates the room.
The collections of more than 3,000 works of art incudes 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 16 Modiglianis, and 7 Van Goghs. I was overwhelmed by the colors, themes, and variety of the work.
As I move from room-to-room, I remembered things of which I had lost sight:
- The importance of art in our world and humanity
- The five components of the visual arts: Color, Line, Unity, Balance, Shape
- How art is as fundamental to society as economics and religion,
It’s funny how you remember the important things when you step away from the important day-to-day things. There is a difference even the two, but that is for a different note.
By the way Spike says, :Hey.”