I am certainly no art expert, but I have enjoyed visiting art museums across the country and I have fully supported the art community whereever I have lived.
My family and I are members of the Mississippi Museum of Art and frequently visit the downtown Jackson location for any number of programs or camps for the kids.
So, I was surprised at my response to a painting last week when we visited the museum as my wife and I took the kids for lunch on a rare off-weekday from school.
The Mississippi Museum of Art is home to a permanent collection of more than 5,000 works of art and hosts traveling exhibits such as the 2013 spring/summer exhibition, “Old Masters to Monet: Three Centuries of French Painting from the Wadsworth Atheneum.”
It was amazing to see some of the famous paintings that I had only read about in books.
Yet, when I walked up to the self portrait of Vincent Van Gogh, I actually had chills run through my body. I am not sure that has ever happened to me.
Van Gogh painted many self portraits, but this one — the one he did in 1887 — spoke to me in a way that is hard to explain. There is a haunting look in his deeply recessed eyes and I felt as if I knew him and could feel the same intensity he felt at the time.
Kind of crazy, I know.
But, I am thankful to the Mississippi Museum of Art for bringing a great opportunity to our state for all of us to enjoy.
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