The rain was coming down pretty hard on Saturday; nonetheless, it did not stop me from visiting the Getty Museum in Los Angeles California. Who knew that such a magnificent place of art lie right in out very own back yard and it's free! This was my first time visiting the Getty and I am sure it will not be the last, the amazing architecture, beautiful fountains and mesmerizing view has me hooked.
The East Pavilion caught my eye, the paintings were displayed between the sixteen and eighteen hundreds were unlike anything I had ever seen. Claude Joseph Vernet's, A Calm at a Mediterranean Port and A Storm at a Mediterranean Port, captured me with its scene of merchant ships in two totally different situations at the same harbor with its stunning colors and intricate detail. A Storm at a Mediterranean Port painted in 1767, first came of as very chaotic and unorganized but the more I looked at it, the more I saw the unity that had been displayed.
Unlike A Storm at a Mediterranean Port, A Calm at a Mediterranean Port, painted in 1770, seemed very peaceful and quiet but the more I looked at it, the more I realized that there was more talking place within the picture.
The reason why I chose Claude Joseph Vernet's paintings above any other was because his painting reached out and grabbed me in a way the other paintings did not. When I first walked into the expedition, I was overwhelmed by all the beautiful works of art so I had to walk through the display a second time to truly appreciate all there was to see. Seeing each painting once more was different then seeing it for the first time, expect in the case of Vernet's paintings.