Famous art works take breath away

When going to school for art I learned all about Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh and Andy Warhol. For years, I looked at their paintings in books and in those books the pictures were never bigger than my hand. While in Kansas City a couple of weeks ago, I visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and I got to see these famous artists’ work in person and I was just blown away.

I never thought that seeing the paintings in person and being close enough to touch them would ever really feel any different from seeing them in a book. But at one point my friends and I were in one of the gallery rooms and our friend Jessi said she would be in the next room over in a way that I knew she must have spotted something amazing. So I decided to follow her and as soon as I turned the corner I saw exactly what she was instantly attracted to.

She was standing in front of Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies” and it was a very large painting. I took up the whole wall and it was overwhelming. When I had seen that painting in books, I never thought anything of its size. I just always imagined that it was a standard size painting, but to see really just how big it was and be close enough to see every stroke of paint was just so surreal.

As we continued throughout the museum, which we spent an entire day exploring, I went on to see paintings by Picasso and Vincent van Gogh that I’ve studied in school so many times. I even was lucky enough to see one of Andy Warhol’s paintings of the Campbell Soup can and a real mummy.

I’ve never really had a chance to go through an art museum like the Nelson-Arkin before and I was just so inspired by the many amazing works of art from sculptures to paints to photography in one place. My friends and I covered every inch of that museum as well as the large sculpture garden in it’s front lawn, which included three giant shuttlecocks surrounding a couple of badminton nets set up for use.

I did a lot of different things while I was in Kansas, but going to the Nelson-Arkin Museum of Art will always be one of the most memorable things because of the amazing works of art I got to see.

Editor’s note: Recent Northern Michigan University graduate and Mining Journal photo journalist Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500. Her email address is awhitefoot@miningjournal.net.