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Finding Love at the D’Orsay

By | 2016, Europe | No Comments

Today I fell in love, not with a person or even a place but a painting. As soon as I walked into the room I was in love. I still can’t quite pinpoint what it was about this piece that attracted me to it but I couldn’t take my eyes off it the whole time I was in that room. “The Floor Scrapers” was the name of the piece. It is by Gustave Caillebotte. When you walk in the room it is the centerpiece and is just so beautiful and powerful but it is also simple. I think this is part of why I like it so much. There is nothing in the painting to make it stand out. No bright colours or anything crazy happening in the painting. It is just three men scraping the floor of a dance studio. Caillebotte liked to portray reality. While so many other artists were busy distracting people from reality and the hardships of life, Caillebotte was pushing it in their faces. He depicts the working class, the hard work and strain that these people felt on a daily basis. He shows that life is not easy. You can see the exhaustion in the muscles of the men and the way they are bent over. The light is just barely peeking in the room and reflecting off the floor boards. I don’t think it was any one aspect of the painting that made me love it so much but rather the detail and the emotion that this artist was able to portray.