Friday, March 13, 2009

Art history lesson

You may have noticed a new feature on here. Look to the right, no, you're other right. There...where it says the art of Gustav Klimt. I love Klimt. If you don't like or appreciate his art, than ignore that cool little gadget. If you like him or are drawn to his art, by all means watch away!

The first time I fell in love with a Klimt painting was in the movie "Dying Young" with Julia Roberts and Campbell Scott (total tearjerker chick flick). Scott's character has cancer and is working on his doctoral thesis in art history. He shows Robert's character a slide show of different works of art. Klimt's The Kiss pops up on the screen and I fall in love. I didn't care much about his other art at the time. I was in love with The Kiss. Hubby even bought it for me for Christmas one year. It's one of my most cherished gifts from him (even though my dad looked at it and thought it was a bullfighter, ummmmm, ok then). Hubby also bought me "Mother and Child" which is actually a portion of a larger painting titled "Three Ages of Women." It's difficult to find the latter. I'm guessing since the old lady is oh-so-not-attractive but the mother and child are beautiful, artsy people decided to crop it. I hope to one day obtain the full painting (reproduction, of course).

Before you Google Klimt, let me tell you about a paper I did on him while studying art history. I think we had the internet then. Wow, I suddenly feel really old. Anyway, I Google or whatever the equivalent was before Google and was shocked at what came up. I'll just say that many of his sketches are not for eyes under the age of 18. If you are offended by nude art, well there goes many of his paintings as well. His models are not like the models of today. They are more like the real women of today, and throughout history. He does have landscapes as well and he used real gold in many of his paintings which I thought was cool.

Well, there's your art history lesson for the day.

Snaps (Legally Blond 2 moment) to my sister-in-law, for not only starting to exercise and eat healthier, but also for helping re-name The Dreaded Meal Plan. You're still kicking my butt on the elliptical! I'm proud of you.

Slacker Fattie Tip – if you don't have time to do a long workout, break it up. Take a 15 minute walk in the morning and one in the afternoon. And no, breaking 5 minutes in half doesn't count!

Sexy Meal Plan Tip – 1 cup grilled veggies with Mrs. Dash sprinkled on top. I use my George Foreman grill. Broccoli, thinly sliced carrots, broccoli, onion, and asparagus are my favs.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you and I'm proud of you too!!
    P.S Jeffray and I went out on the Airboat today,
    don't forget you have a date with it too. :)