Appreciating Art

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“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.”

-Claude Monet

I had always admired art from a distance

In my life it appeared to have little relevance

Comprehension of art seemed beyond me

An artist’s viewpoint I could never see

As I tourist, many museums I had seen

Pausing only momentarily, impatient I had been

When passing through galleries resplendent

With works of artists past and present

I could admire works with visual appeal

But those celebrated works of art could not reveal

To me any cryptic meaning that was hidden

Cleverly by the artist, deep within

While traveling, I gradually grew reluctant

To see art museums, judging myself as ignorant

 

Then I met an artist, who made me realize

That interpretation of art lies in the beholder’s eyes

Appreciation of art is personal and subjective

Art is to be enjoyed from one’s own perspective

 

With this illuminating insight I set out anew

To explore art in museums,  galleries, on the streets too

Without delving into convoluted interpretations

I studied works of art with a new appreciation

A new world opened, a new interest I acquired

I began to “feel” art, I began to get inspired

I gradually acquired a keener aesthetic sense

Celebrating art now gives me joy immense. 

 

 

 

 

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