The paintings that grabbed me this month and made it into my classroom.
Every Tuesday and Thursday, in my Advanced Math class, I show my students a “daily painting.” These are mostly self-serving, breaths-of-fresh-air in the midst of humorless, colorless numbers, but my students seem to appreciate them as well.
I’d like to make a habit of sharing these paintings with the broader world each month, so here are August’s choices.
- Gathering Plums by Henry Herbert La Thangue (1901)
I absolutely love the light and shadows in this painting. I also love plums.
They are delicious.
2. Antique Legend by Samuel Mutzner (1929)
I picked this painting as I was finishing The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. For me, it does such a perfect job of evoking the timelessness and universality of legends and myths.
3. Man and Woman on the Beach by Thomas Pollock (1893)
My students actually picked this one. I think because they wish they were on a beach.
4. The Poppy Field by Willard Metcalf (date unknown)
I love poppies, and the colors and contrast in this painting work so well.
5. The Spring Sun by Abraham Manievich (1913)
I guess I have a thing for complex light and shadows. This painting also captures the clarity of a cold spring morning perfectly.
6. People by Konstantin Yuon (1923)
It looks like people underground projecting stars onto their ceiling. I have no clue what it means, but it’s cool to look at.
Who doesn’t love a little Russian symbolism, anyway?
7. Jardin De Las Elegias, Son Moragues by Santiago Rusinol (1903)
More symbolism! More fun shadows!
I hope there’s at least one painting here that spoke to you in some way.
All of these paintings can be found at WikiArt.org.