Staff Art Pick: One for the Monet (feat. John Barrett)

Ever feel overwhelmed by the vast quantity of art? Consider going to see some of our staff favorites! They answered a few questions about their favorite work, and we’ll be sharing their answers with you on the blog! The beautiful thing about art is that you don’t have to be an expert to appreciate it.

Today’s staff pick is from Mr. John Barrett. JB is one of our fearless Guardians of the Artwork!

Q: What is your favorite work?

The Monet (Riverbank at Lavacourt)

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IMAGE CREDIT | Claude Monet, France (1840-1926) | Riverbank at Lavacourt (La Berga a Lavacourt), 1879 | Oil on canvas, 23 x 35 in. | Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, University of Oklahoma | Aaron M. and Clara Weitzenhoffer Bequest, 2000

 

Q: Why do you like it?

It is a beautiful work, created in the moment and on sight. It challenged the status quo.

Q: How long has it been your favorite?

Since the first time I saw it.

Q: Is it on display?

Yes! [To see the Monet for yourself, find it in our Weitzenhoffer gallery above the mantel!]

Q: What is something you’d like to know about this work?

I’m “cool” with it at this point of my art development as a guard. [Monet himself was also very cool, as you can see from this aggressively impressive facial hair.]

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Q: Any other things you’d like to share about the work?

In my view, these artists possessed the courage and persistence to stand against the art establishment, and help effect the beginnings of a new middle class in Europe; the humble start of acceptance (to a small degree) for female artists. YEAH!

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