I have a secret love of art and art history. I took a few art history classes in college, and I’ve loved learning about the subject ever since. I love all the different periods and styles of art and how every painting tells a story. I love looking at a beautiful piece of art and thinking about how all the individual elements come together to give an overall effect. I especially love paintings of people, portraits as well as multi-figure compositions.
The Happy Family by Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller is one of my favorite pieces. I love the story it tells of a happy family, together and enjoying life in spite of hard circumstances. I love the range of age and experience, showing an infant as well as an older married couple. It reminds me of how perspective changes with age and how life takes on new and different meanings the longer you live. Most of all, I love how Waldmuller visually described the love and happiness we feel when we are with our families. We all need each other; this is a truth of human nature that will never change.