It’s Polite to Stare
When we thoughtfully run our eyes over a great painting, we carry with us something we didn’t have before. We take with us the artist’s way of looking at the world. Why does this matter? Because it increases our potential to see the world, and human experience, differently.
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In her day, Berthe Morisot was considered the most audacious member of the French Impressionists. Yet even conservative critics reviewed her work favorably. Today she is the least known member of this beloved group of painters. The lady vanished. Why?
“Bellows paints the city in undress,” cried the New York Daily News and they were right. But did the artist’s commitment to depicting the hard truth necessarily thwart his ability to create a beautiful painting? Could a work of art persuade you to view urban renewal with a more empathetic eye?