Today I went to Canberra with my French class to see the French Masterpieces exhibit. We ended up doing more ‘hottie spotting’ than art viewing, but it was still a pretty awesome day.
Some of my favourite quotable quotes:
“You can tell he was a nutter. Just look at his use of blue in the eyebrows!” Lisa, on Van Gogh’s self portrait
“Ahhh they smell so good! I have to keep walking or I might die” Hollie, on some particularly cute boys
“But celebrities were around long before, like, warthogs, though” A random passerby, on who knows what
“Who knows who Gough Whitlam is?” “He’s like, the dude that painted Starry Night, right?” A senior in my group, mistaking a famous politician for a famous painter.
Speaking of Gough, his reference wasn’t totally random. He was actually in the exhibition at the same time we were. Quite interesting to see him as a frail old man, and then reflect on his famous “God save the queen because no-one will ever save the Governor General” quote, and see how much things have changed.
Overall, the exhibition was pretty amazing. That is, if you can cope with 1.5-3+ hr queues, and extremely cramped viewing spaces. Some of the paintings in there everyone should see at least once in a life time (I’m so lucky, I actually saw the exhibition at it’s home in Paris, and have been to Monet’s house and seen the famous bridges/water lilly pond), and even though when I saw the Monet’s all I could think was “See U In The Dark”, it was still awesome. Some of the paintings weren’t exactly my cup of tea, but looking at others, all I could think was “WOW”. To just think about their talent… mind blowing. And I don’t even like art!