Lonnell Higgins
Dr. Dycus
Humanities 8:00am
29 November 2016
Museum/Art Installment Visit Reflection
"View Near Rutland, Vermont"
My chosen painting depicts naturalism very well and over this essay I will show you how it does, N aturalism shows our deep connection to the world and others, it prompts concern for the natural environment and for those who will succeed us on the planet. Because it discounts the existence of the soul and survival after death, naturalism increases the value we place on this, our only life, and the world we inhabit now. Naturalism leads to an environmental ethic of wise use, sustainability, and population control that will keep the earth habitable for future generations of all creatures. There is other was to describe the way naturalism is used daily and that is that n aturalism is used as a view that might take hold in an open society, has the potential to change deeply rooted attitudes that shape our conceptions of a just society. What do people deserve, and why? Given a science-based naturalism, there are no reasons to suppose certain classes of human beings deserve greater opportunity for self-expression, autonomy, or advancement. Naturalism thus supports a progressive and egalitarian vision of human flourishing in which collective action to distribute resources and opportunities to all finds strong justification (naturalism.org)
Over Thanksgiving Break, I went back home to Atlanta and chose to attend The High Museum of Art in Midtown Atlanta and saw an exceptional painting that I enjoyed! The artwork was called "View Near Rutland, Vermont" by Asher Brown Durand, established in 1837. This Oil on Canvas exemplifies the ideal of naturalism for the second generation of American Hudson River School painters. This artwork is very important to the naturalism phase because it has this very authentic natural setting , also having a very artistic feel and exotic at the same time. This painting is in a very high scaled museum and it fits right in because of its rich culture, background , and purpose! When I first laid eyes on it, it caught my attention with ease. I liked how smooth it looked but yet to el egant ! When I look at this painting, it gives me a sense of simp licity and peace. I like this painting because it appeals to my style of art. Basically, if it can influence me then I enjoy the painting, this painting projects peace and family- orientation and makes me feel that way. Only thing that I don't like about it is that it feels dry for my perspective, if there were more to look at and more to observe then this would be a perfect painting for me to sit back and admire.
This painting has a hidden value in it, its true meaning has to be pondered on. The portrayed meaning behind this painting is that it c reates and understanding of reality and how life should be, peaceful and family-oriented. As you can see, the family is there having a picnic while enjoying the nature; you can also see the family of animals in the back of the picture are together and enjoying each others company. Usually, if you've seen any television show and they daydream about their utopia or what they feel like the earth should look like, it looks exactly like this picture that's being depicted right now. This painting also shows against the cultural norms, which are trashy, disrespectful to the environment, and merely no peace. Where as in this painting, it e vokes peace loudly and it shows a clean healthy world, therefore, makes people think about how they are actually treating the world and their people. Basically in a nutshell, b y providing a unified picture of ourselves embedded in nature, culture, and biology, naturalism serves as the basis for enlightened social policies. " View Near Rutland, Vermont" holds that persons are not self-created, but owe their successes and failures to the conditions into which they were born and developed. Therefore, with that b eing said, it shows that everybody is has there own faults but e verybody should still be able to come together as a unified one instead of having everything we own separated between us.