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Art: 30 Days of Gratitude, Day 27

Day 27: I am grateful for the arts.

the Art Institute of Chicago

woman painting a painting

Today I am grateful for all the arts. Literature, poetry, photography, sculpture and painting are just some examples of arts that enrich our lives in inexplicable ways. All of these have played meaningful and important roles throughout my life and in some ways have made me the person I am. I am a person who loves artful things; perhaps you are as well.

Painting is its own complex art that reaches back centuries, and also something I enjoy studying in all its forms. Painting is certainly not something I am accomplished at, but we do not have to master a thing in order to appreciate it. I am grateful for all the richness painting brings into our lives, and for all it teaches us about history, thought, place, and even values such as religion. When I first observed Renaissance painting at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, I unexpectedly stood before one painting for nearly an hour. Its artistry was so powerful it felt almost overwhelming–a painting! It felt somewhat similar to watching a film, fluid in its movement and intrigue. The Art Institute of Chicago is one of my favorite places to visit. I have also been to the Smithsonian and to the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece, and am hoping one day to visit the Louvre.

Here is a link to the National Geographic’s top ten list of art museums and galleries:

Here are some famous paintings that I have viewed:


Monet, Claude, French-Impressionism, The-Regatta-at-Saint-Adresse, 1867, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL



Botticelli, Sandro. Primavera (a.k.a., Allegory of Spring). ca. 1482. Italian Renaissance, tempera panel painting, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy.


Seurat, Georges-Pierre. A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. 1884. French, Pointillism, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Seurat, Georges-Pierre. A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte. 1884. French, Pointillism, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL


Renoir painting

Renoir, Pierre-Auguste. Two Sisters (On the Terrace). 1881. French, oil on canvas, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.


Click here for a Facebook page to enjoy daily posts about art.

For an interesting article in The New York Times about a famous painting, click here.

The report of the top selling Modigliani, the second-highest price painting ever sold at auction, here, and almost twice the cost, the highest ever priced Gaugin, here.

Here is a list of top ten artists of all time.


Some questions for reflection:

Do you enjoy art?

Which arts do you most enjoy: painting, photography, poetry, literature, sculpture, or something else?

What museums or galleries have you visited or contributed to?

What famous paintings have you viewed?

How has art enriched your life?


See other gratitudes listed on the link on the top of this page, marked November Gratitudes 2015.

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