|Monet's Impression, Sunrise (1872)|
|Manet's Luncheon on the Grass (1863)|
|Cezanne's The Card Players (1894-95)|
|Toulouse-Lautrec La Goulue (1891)|
As much fun as it was to talk about these works, the highlight of the evening was our activity -- learning a bit about art criticism. Rosalie introduced us to the acronym DAIE -- Description, Analysis, Interpretation, and Evaluation. We watched a couple of short videos on the topic, jointly applied the methodology to Andrew Wyeth's Christina's World, and then headed to one of the VAC's galleries. An abstract show had just been hung, and we each selected a work to critique. I could have happily spent hours in the gallery analyzing works and listening to the others' evaluations. It was fascinating both to see which works were chosen and what people saw in them. In fact, it was so much fun that I am encouraging Rosalie to teach a workshop just on art criticism.
And with that the evening was over. One of our class members was off to Paris where she will see some of the works we've talked about over the last few weeks. I am looking forward to hearing her reactions to getting up close and personal with the art at the Louvre, the Musee d"Orsay, and the Rodin Museum. In the meantime, I'll be learning about non-American 20th century. Sure, I'd rather be in Paris, but there are many worse ways to spend an evening.