June 15: Musee d'Orsay, Musee de L"Orangerie and back to Montmartre
The best part of our vacation is that we have the time to go back and revisit historic sites and areas that we find most interesting here in Paris. There is no rush. We stay up later, so we get up later (it doesn't get dark until 10 pm here).
Anna Mae and I were pretty excited to go the two museums today, Musee de L'Orangerie and Musee d'Orsay. Both contained impressionistic art from our favorite artists. First stop was Water Lilies, by Claude Monet.
Probably both of our favorite' artist, his work on Water Lilies was amazing. He painted them after World War 1. Monet wanted to create a peaceful garden for Parisians to give them hope after the war, which had been devastating.
Learning the history behind many paintings and artists today was so special. You could see how trials affected their painting styles at differing times in their lives. Sometimes their art became more focussed after an event. Other times, their art became more vague, or even blurry, after a hard time.
That's the same with our lives. Reading in the Psalms, you see that in David's writings. Take, for example, Psalm 17, verses 1-9
"Hear a just cause, O Lord,
Attend to my cry;
Give ear to my prayer which is not from deceitful lips.
Let my vindication come from Your presence;
Let Your eyes look on the things that are upright.
You have tested my heart;
You have visited me in the night;
You have tried me and have found nothing;
I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
Concerning the works of men,
By the word of Your lips,
I have kept away from the paths of the destroyer.
Uphold my steps in Your paths,
That my footsteps may not slip.
I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God;
Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.
Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand,
O You who save those who trust in You
From those who rise up against them.
Keep me as the apple of Your eye;
Hide me under the shadow of Your wings,
From the wicked who oppress me,
From my deadly enemies who surround me."
David is expressing his confidence that God will save him. He has experienced it and so his writings reflect this. I, also, am a writer. From time to time, my emphasis and style changes. This is good, because it is a reflection of where I am at TODAY. Whenever that today was.
Seeing the museums, with all of the differing artist ad differing painting styles was fun and insightful. Then afterwards, Anna Mae wanted to go back to the Louvre to see more. She was looking intently at their painting techniques and methods because she is an artist. I was looking at how their life events shaped how they saw things. Interesting?....
David met up with me then, and we went back to see the Basilica de Sacred Coeur and Montmartre. Montmartre is where the artists, whose art I had just been looking at, lived in the late 1800's, and early 1900's. Today, I looked at Montmartre, and the views of Paris, totally different. I was trying to see it as they saw it. It was really fun!
At the end of the day, I realized that God widened my view a little bit today in a really good way. Looking through the eyes of the past can give perspective to today and direction for what lies ahead. I was blessed. I love the Lord, and I love my life!