Monday, February 14, 2011

Reflections of My Visit to the High Museum

Sunday, February 6,, 2011 was my first visit to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. 

I went with my mom and she was very excited about our mother daughter day. 

We first started out viewing the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit.  There were statues made of bronze and marble. The two sculptures that stood out most to me were of two young girls.  One statue was of a little Greek girl with a lovely face and long braids.  The other statue was of a young Abyssian slave girl with tears rolling down her face.  These statues were created from bronze and were made around the 1860s.

Next, we went into the main building where there were four levels of art.  The museum was a lot larger than I thought it would be.  It was very beautiful.  The floors were pretty wooden floors that squeaked when you walked on them.  The staircase was kind of circular around the outer edge of the building.  It was stairs, but more like a ramp, so that wheelchairs and strollers could easily move from floor to floor.  The high walls were white and the interior was very well lit. 

I found a lot of interesting paintings, sculptures, glass and furniture. 

My favorite of these paintings were by the French Impressionists which were located in the European Art section.  There were some paintings by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renior, and Camille Pissarro.  One of my favorite paintings was by Camille Pissarro.  It was named “Snowscape with Cows at Montfoucault.”  Pissarro is one of my mom’s favorite artists and surprisingly I can now see why she appreciates her work. 

 I saw one painting which really stirred up some emotion in me.  The painting “The Funeral of Atala” by Girodet-Trioson depicted the sorrow and loss of a young man burying his love.  The painting was oil on canvas and the colors were so bright and vivid.  The painting truly was beautiful.  It gave me a new respect for oil on canvas painting. 

There were some amazing sculptures carved from marble.  I loved the pretty white of the marble better than the bronze.  It was so smooth and clean looking.  There were two sculptures of Pocahontas and there was one of Cleopatra.  There were also two really beautiful sculptures of little girls.  They were in their nightgowns with some Christmas presents.  They were very lovely. 

I really loved the glass decorative sculptures also.  I would love to have these kinds of glassware in my house.  The colors were so beautiful.  Some colors were soft and muted, while others were more vivid.  Some had unique shapes, while others were more familiar in shape.  There was one pink glassware that was so beautiful; I would have loved to have purchased it if they had had a replica in the gift shop.


  1. I think it is awesome that you told about your favorite parts at the High. It made this entry personal. I now see why you chose this as your place. The picture were also nice because they too helped show your connections there.

  2. I really like how you added pictures from your trip. It really helped seeing the art that you saw and putting your comments to the image. It helps getting your perspective and your thoughts and feelings with your relationship with art.

  3. I totally remember that long staircase ramp type thing when I went to the High. I felt like it was never going to end! I have to agree with you about the marble. i like that more than the bronze as well. I think it just gives it a better shape. I hope to hear more about the art that you see next time you visit!