While visiting the Norton Simon Museum today I came upon a sculpture, which I immediately fell in love with, and I spent some time looking at it from all angles. I bent down to look at it from a lower angle. I walked around and looked at it closely and then from a few steps back, and then from afar. I studied it from the left and right side. I learned that it was sculpted by Wilhelm Lehmbruck, a German artist who lived a short life (1881-1919). The piece is a detail from a larger work titled “Kneeling Woman” and is titled “The Head of Kneeling Woman.” Just finding one piece that entrances me like this makes a visit to a museum totally enjoyable.
A few minutes later, walking through the galleries, I came upon a man who clearly had found a painting that had absorbed his interest. I had walked into the gallery to see the same painting. As I approached the painting, I suddenly realized I was more interested in the observer. I stepped back and casually placed the camera to my eye as if I was interested in taking a picture of the painting, and I took this picture.
As you can see, I don’t think the guard is used to people getting so absorbed. He looks concerned, doesn’t he?
I’m so glad the guard didn’t intimidate the man. In fact, I don’t think he even noticed the guard.
Seeing this observant man gave me such pleasure (I think as much pleasure as he was having observing the painting). By the way, the title of the painting is “Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Rose,” painted in 1633 by the Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbarán (1598-1664).
Just before leaving the museum, I looked over the wall to the floor below. Look what I saw 🙂