On our vacation to Pigeon Forge, TN we visited the Titanic. The titanic is known as the "Ship of Dreams" a great luxury ship that sailed at noon on April 10, 1912 from Southampton, England. Even though the Titanic was touted as “unsinkable", four days later, the dreams and aspirations of both designers and passengers would realize that the Titanic was not the modern marvel it was named to be. Among the loss of a luxurious ship about one thousand four hundred and ninety-five lives were taken by this disaster. Among them an American illustrator and painter Francis Davis Millet.
Francis Davis Millet was born November 3, 1946 in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts. At age sixteen, Millet entered his state regiment, as a drummer boy then moved up in his regiment as a surgical aide in the American Civil War. Millet's older paintings repeatedly used his experiences with vibrant red, as blood from the wounded soldiers. He graduated with a Master of Arts from Harvard University and worked as a reporter for the Boston Courier. In the mid 1870's he lived and had an art studio in Rome.
A majority of Millet's paintings were of people, such as "Reading the Story of Oenone" 1883", A Cosey Corner" 1884, "Between two Fires" 1892, and "Wandering Thoughts" 1899. However, he has five landscape paintings and two of them are on a traveling display at the T...
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...l colors present, particularly in the mid-tones. The layering of the paints mesmerizes the viewer. Abstract art and our perception of life is revealed through an assortment of interpretations.
We use art as a means of touching that part of us we cannot reach with physical, social science or any of the humanities. The arts allow us to be abstract or accurate as we please. We develop closer to ourselves and others around us. Though there is uncertainty as to what the true meaning of “good art” is, we manage to show others what is happening in our minds. Our inner souls cannot be judged, ranked, evaluated, criticized or revised by anyone other than ourselves. In conclusion, my trips to the museums were spent with my son, it promoted a diversity of learning environments, a means of thinking and definitely an understanding and appreciation to art and nature.
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