Art Appreciation

i have been wanting to do this post for years (not an exaggeration!). every time i came across one of these pictures of people appreciating art, as it were, i would bookmark it and put the idea into my memory bank – but eventually i had close to 10,000 favourites on flickr and i never actually mucked up the courage to look through them to compile it.

then Mallory actually did it over at Gems (*shakes fist* damn you Mallory for being so clever!) and so i was reminded that (a) Mallory is awesome and (b) i need to get off my ass.

one of my favourite things about travelling is visiting museums of any kind, but mostly art museums of course. i will never forget walking through the national portrait gallery in London for the first time, alone, with just my iPod to keep me company. i spent hours looking through everything and it was just the best. and that’s yet another reason why i’m so excited about going to NYC in October. think of all the museums that will be at our proverbial fingertips!

i’ll kick it off with a photo i took in the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris almost three years ago now (!) please click on the photos to go to their originals – the photographers are listed below each one. i will make an effort to keep adding to this post as i discover more.

– by me

– by hannah & landon metz

– by Nicholas Van Orton

– by Chuck Burgess

– by Sam Coldy

– by Valeria Lazareva

– by fannyelizabeth

– by Hendrik van Leeuwen

– by Nick DeWolf Photo Archive

– by LollyKnit

– by Joshua Foster

Life archives

– Elliott Erwitt, Museo del Prado, Madrid, 1995.

– Alécio de Andrade

– by me

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  • Reply Reni Tuesday 9 April, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Great post! You should look up Thomas Struth’s museum photographs.
    The photo from the Pantheon in Rome is one of my favourite photographs ever.

    • Reply Miss Moss Tuesday 9 April, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      those are wonderful – thanks!

  • Reply Kari Tuesday 9 April, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    This is too wonderful for words and made me oh so very happy : )

  • Reply Patri Tuesday 9 April, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    I really love this post!! :)
    It’s like a painting in a painting, lol


  • Reply Bee Tuesday 9 April, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    My first thought was Thomas Struth as well. His photos were really inspiring to me.

  • Reply Reptilia Tuesday 9 April, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Love this images!! Great post!



  • Reply Joy Tuesday 9 April, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    love all these photos of people just enjoying their day at the museum. i love the one of the girls just lying there with friends and not giving a damn. people are so formal nowadays.

  • Reply Katie Tuesday 9 April, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Love the one of the Rothko. I used to love sitting in the Tate Modern for ages gazes at them. But now with kids, they don’t tend to linger as long as I would like at certain pics and it’s hard to look at the paintings when I’m keeping an eye on them! It’s fun to see what they think of everything, but different…

  • Reply janel holiday huff Tuesday 9 April, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    love these……one of my personal favorite photos of the same content is here of an older gentleman at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco:


    (sorry, you’ll have to scroll down some).

    x janel


  • Reply Katie Tuesday 9 April, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Ferris Bueller Art appreciation scene:-)

  • Reply Lady Moriarty Tuesday 9 April, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Art is everything for me. I’ve burst in tears in front of “Le radeau de la Méduse” at Le Louvres, I was 15 I think. That was my first big experiment of “art emotion”. in Paris, we have a lot of museums and different exhibitions during the year, one was about a german man who collect different paintings, sculptures, photographs about death, but not in a gloomy way at all. It’s called “vanités” in french, but I don’t know the english word : this is for reminding how life is short and precious, basically. This exhibition changed my life, I think of it almost every week. Forgive my pityful english ha ha !

    See U !

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  • Reply Melinda's Musings Tuesday 9 April, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    What a wonderful post! I love this collection of photos and the concept -beautiful!


  • Reply Emma Tuesday 9 April, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    wow, I LOVE these as a series! Sometimes it just as interesting to watch people view and react to art as it is to look at the paintings themselves…heading over to blogloving so I can look foward to more of your posts :)

    -Emma from littlemotley.blogspot.com (my own very very new blog if you get a moment to peek)

  • Reply Hannelore Tuesday 9 April, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I love these photos too! I took quite a few myself, you can find my two favorites here:
    But I have a lot more! Maybe I should collect mine together as well, it’s a great idea for a series indeed!

  • Reply Truchen Tuesday 9 April, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    I LOVE this post. It reminds me of my visit to the Louvre and Pompidou last year. I am so sorry that I never made it to Musee de ‘lOrangerie …but I guess it gives me a reason to go back :-)

  • Reply Maggie Tuesday 9 April, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    So lovely! I need to go to more exhibits.

  • Reply fotojack Tuesday 9 April, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    These are precisely the kind of photos I adore!

  • Reply Anna of Green Gable Wednesday 10 April, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Love this post! I didn’t realize how crowded the Mona Lisamwas during the day. I went there in the evening right before it closed and no one was there. I got this snap shot:

  • Reply Kristiina Wednesday 10 April, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Great photos.
    I am glad that also you are an art person.
    AND that makes med glad!

  • Reply owl's house london. Wednesday 10 April, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    lovely idea for a post! these photos really capture that amazing feeling of being drawn into another world when one finds a painting that is captivating and inspiring.. that photo of the couple hand-in-hand is just gorgeous.

  • Reply Karolina Wednesday 10 April, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    I love watching and photographing people in museums! Since nowadays in most museums you can get postcards and albums with better quality reproductions of art, I usually bring my camera to the museum with the intention to photograph people watching art rather than art itself:)
    You can see some of my people-watching-art photos on my flikr if you want to: http://www.flickr.com/photos/karolinajtr/

  • Reply Carly Wednesday 10 April, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Hi Diana,

    I want to submit a photo I took of a friend. I think it’s lovely and think you will too.


    Thanks, as always, for your engaging posts!

  • Reply Rebecca Thursday 11 April, 2013 at 5:38 am

    I have a picture of my kids appreciating that very same Rothko!

  • Reply bahar Friday 12 April, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Great post, I like all the photos.

    I also love Alécio de Andrade’s this photo at Louvre: http://guzelonlu.tumblr.com/post/38796507582

    And I took that one last year: http://guzelonlu.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/iste-o-adam.jpg

  • Reply Mel Friday 12 April, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Oh that last picture is great. Now I want to go take pictures of people at museums!

  • Reply kelsey Saturday 13 April, 2013 at 12:21 am

    the last photo is perfection!
    kw ladies in navy

  • Reply Jennifer Saturday 13 April, 2013 at 12:55 am

    This is a great post. I love the Life photo. There are a few artists that paint similar scenes and they’re quite popular. Great idea!

    Jennifer Beaudet

  • Reply Jade Sheldon Saturday 13 April, 2013 at 1:38 am

    One of my favorite posts… ever.

  • Reply ally Saturday 13 April, 2013 at 6:04 am

    there’s something beautiful seeing others appreciate beauty :)

  • Reply La Lengua Saturday 13 April, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    The Mona Lisa post photo… great commentary on the chaos, over-saturation and distraction of technology in modern life. Who could appreciate that work in such an environment?

    I loved how your photo captured the feeling.


  • Reply Aidel.K Sunday 14 April, 2013 at 7:11 am

    Lovely post. When I was young, I lived in NYC. As an art student, I spent countless hours in museums there. Ah, those were the days…. It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve been able to travel back there several times. My first time back I spent an entire day at the Met. Bliss. I made the mistake of going with a cranky relative to MOMA, so that was a too-short visit, but what I saw was amazing. My last NYC visit, I went to a Picasso show at the Guggenheim–amazing. I checked out the Museum of Art & Design–small, but fun. I was able to see it in an afternoon. I thought I could do the same at the Pierpont Morgan Library, but forced myself to leave (for a dinner date) after 5 hours there. For my next visit (depending when it is & what exhibits are up), I hope to visit MOMA, the Whitney and possibly the American Folk Art Museum. I’ve gotten quite blathery, but am enthusiastic about art & you mentioned your upcoming visit.

  • Reply mRI Wednesday 17 April, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Oh, what a wonderful post! I just wrote about the Joy of just looking (at Art). I might have to tip people off to this one, though!

  • Reply Yuri Sunday 28 April, 2013 at 11:09 am

    great post! it looks as if the painting stared at the viewers! I have a few shots of such kind from my own exhibition and I must tell you I love them. I feel like I´m the witness of invisible magic between two worlds, real and unreal..

  • Reply @aimeemakes Friday 24 May, 2013 at 4:55 am

    People looking at art http://t.co/77Quwd1WTA

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    Inspired by your post, I put my own together! You can find it here: http://auxpaysdesmerveilles.wordpress.com/2013/07/13/art-appreciators/

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