Thoughts & life experiences of a Chicago area graphic artist

16 April 2015

The Devotee

Photo by O. Douglas Jennings © 2015. Taken at the Art Institute of Chicago
I love this photo for several reasons. The gallery was not crowded that day and this young man was free to take in the painting, Moulin Rouge, by Toulouse-Latrec at his leisure. His kneeling posture connotes devotion. I'm guessing that he is writing a paper about the painting for school.

Another aspect of the photo is that it juxtaposes modern technology with 19th Century artistic legacy.

I cropped the photo but in the original version, it's plain to see the student is alone. Yet he has also isolated himself through his intense and solitary focus. 

This will be my last Gallery Patron Watch post for a while.

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