June Inspiration: New Orleans Museum of Art
The New Orleans Museum of Art is one of the many places in the Crescent City that allows you to truly escape to not only another time, but to a completely different world. Upon entering through the 100 year old ionic columns, you emerge into a celebration of art. As an artist, walking through each collection ignites an unbelievable amount of inspiration in my soul. NOMA is like my church, and I have come to worship the masters. Through the corridors and galleries, you can be teleported to the workshops of the Florentine Renaissance, the gardens of French Impressionism, or to the contemporary studios of the early 20th century. NOMA's renown collection includes works of Bellini, Degas, Monet, Renoir, Picasso, Matisse, Pissarro, Rodin, Gauguin, Braque, Dufy, Miró, Jackson Pollock, Mary Cassatt, Andy Warhol, Modigliani, and Georgia O'Keeffe. Standing in the presence of works that created entire movements in art history, is something that is pretty hard to describe. For me personally, the works can be emotionally hypnotic. I found myself lost in La Touche's Masquerade Ball painting for over a half hour. In seconds, I was at the Grand Opera House in Paris, laughing and drinking champagne with the rest of the gala. The genius before me constantly challenges my artistic way of thinking. Outside of the inspirational brilliance of the naturalism and humanistic qualities in Italian Renaissance works of Bellini and his contemporaries, standing amidst Monet's many pieces at NOMA makes you realize that in art, anything is possible. Monet was the founder of Impressionism. He created a movement by creating something that never existed before him. He took the impossible and made it possible through art and his imagination. You experience the same wonderment upon gazing at the early Cubism of Picasso's works. These artists changed the world's view by igniting imagination in art that was not relatable to the real, concrete world. What an exquisite idea. What an inspirational idea.
Few of my Favorite Works at NOMA
All Photographs Belong to Lauren Schnell