Le Musée d’Orsay, in Paris, is housed in a former Beaux-Art station.
I went there last week; I only took a few pictures (here’s Monet) and I’ll post some of them later. But I noticed a few paintings. Who knows why a painting touches you?
“Museums are dwellings that house only thoughts”, wrote Proust in a little essay about Rembrandt, paintings and museums.
You’ll find the book if you need it. Here’s in brief what he says :
People go visit museums (ex : Rembrandt), they see paintings : horses, ladies, a necklace, a window, a light, a tree, etc… Like a list of elements, in line. Then they… notice some links between Rembrandt’s paintings. Textures, common elements, moods, colors he used…
But at one moment Proust says that a walk in a museum is interesting for a thinker only if suddenly he has an idea – which seems a rich one, and would likely engender richer other ones…
Tool : What do you think? Should Art be appreciated “as it is”, for pleasure? Or should it be analyzed, to maybe trigger you own ideas? Is it utilitarian? What would it be bad?
“…comme une promenade dans un musée n’aura d’intérêt véritable pour un penseur que quand en aura d’un coup jailli une de ces idées qui aussitôt lui paraissent riches et susceptibles d’en engendrer d’autres précieuses”.
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Séroux is a belgian painter. Yesss you will see the link to Edward Hopper. He possesses also a good quotient of weirdness, you knowwwww, this talent which is capable of making your eyebrows climb.
Something like… a unusual element, a slightly weird point of view, an intriguing pose. So yes, it’s Concept Art. This work makes you think, makes you wonder. Makes you smile.