Three Works of Art I Liked/Disliked Descriptive Essay by scribbler

Three Works of Art I Liked/Disliked
A description and critique of three pieces of art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.
# 153503 | 969 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Jun 06, 2013 in Art (Painting) , Art (Sculpture) , Art (Museums)

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This author describes three works of art in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, two that he loved and one that he disliked intensely. The author first describes the piece of art he liked the least that was a massive green glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly, and explains why it bothered him. The author then goes on to describe two of his favorite paintings; Renoir's "Dance at Bougival," and "Two Nudes-Lovers (Self Portrait with Alma Mahler, 1913)" by Oskar Kokoschka, and why they appealed to him.

From the Paper:

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as the old trope goes, and that phrase holds true even when encountering some of the world's "great" art, as I saw in the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The Museum itself is massive. It holds more than 450,000 works of art and a recent expansion added 28% more space with an expansion of 133,000 square feet (Dwyer). Within its walls there are naturally pieces of art that fall outside of specific people's taste. For me, there were three works of art in the museum that struck a chord - two that I loved and one that I disliked intensely.
"Unfortunately, the piece of art I liked the least in the museum is also one of the most prominent. The sculpture is a massive green glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly that sits in the entrance of the Boston MFA. The sculpture is nearly 42 feet tall and is made from almost 2,400 pieces of glass hand-blown in the artist's Seattle studio (Shea). While the sculpture is impressive for its size and Chihuly's technical skill is obvious, the piece is simplistic in its composition and is reminiscent of either a giant fern or a trendy modern lamp fixture available at Ikea, in a much smaller size, of course."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Barlow, Deborah. "Chihuly at the MFA." Slow Muse. 10 April, 2011. 8 June, 2011. <>
  • Benfrey, Christopher. "A Certain Slant of Light" Slate 13 November 1997. 8 June 2011. <>
  • "Dance at Bougival." 8 June, 2011. <>
  • Delmar, John D."Oskar Kokoschka: Early Portraits from Vienna and Berlin 1909-1914." The City Review. 2002. 8 June, 2011. <>
  • Dwyer, John Stephen. "A Museum Expansion Fact Sheet." Boston Lowbrow. 27 February, 2010. 8 June 2011 <>

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