Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Visit With Carl Bloch

This week I visited with a master. Well, with his paintings. A group of friends and I went to the Carl Bloch exhibit at Brigham Young University. Amazement courted me as I stood before vivid alter paintings crafted in the 1800s and marveled at the stories told on canvas.



Many of the stories were biblical, reaching out of an even more distant past to whisper messages of faith and love, other were simple yet profound glimpses of life--an old woman feeding birds, a man walking, a wife reading to an invalid husband. All touched me, moved me with wonder and the power of a single moment caught in time. Of emotion.

As I gazed at the works of this long-dead artist, I couldn't help wonder if he ever thought his works would touch me? And in turn, I wonder if my works will live on to touch someone in a distant time.

Carl Bloch said, "God helps me, that is what I think and then I am calm."

10 comments:

Jonene Ficklin said...

I love that quote! What an amazing artist. I've got to go see that exhibit! Thanks for the info - you and your blog are awesome!

The Stanley's said...

I enjoyed the experience even more the second time. I want that quote from Sigmund Muller, but I cannot find it online. I should have written it down.

Cherie said...

Lucky you.

Ben Huff said...

Loved, loved this post - how beautiful! I have been wanting to go see this exhibit and now this has convinced me to do it. Thanks Leisha!

LeishaMaw said...

Jonene, you would love going. You should do it. :)

The Stanley's ack! You can't find it? You're right, we should have written it down. That was an awesome quote.

Cherie, I know. I feel blessed.

Ben, you should go. You won't regret it. :)

Carolyn V said...

We've gone to the Carl Bloch exhibit twice now. It's amazing. To have such talent and use it so wisely! *happy sigh*

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Awesome. Art has such power, it kinda of intimidates me. But it's what draws me in as well.

LeishaMaw said...

Carolyn, I would love to go back. Hmmm maybe Hubby can be for...I mean love to take me.

Susan, it amazes me. To take some paints and turn them in to living art. Wow.

L.T. Elliot said...

That exhibit blew my mind. 2.5 hours and I could have stayed even longer. What I think I loved most about his paintings was his near-Rembrandt use of light and dark.

LeishaMaw said...

L.T., me, too. I love how he directed your eyes with light and dark. So effective and powerful.

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