You know, I never liked Klimt's work until I saw it in person. I was at the Neue Gallery in NYC and saw his portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer. I was blown away. For me at least, his work really needs to be seen in person. .Originally Posted by queenb;2799561;
MRD - I LOVE Johns! I even named my cat Jasper! That's the great thing about art - sometimes you connect with it and sometimes you don't. A painting can affect different people in a completely different way and that's okay.
I will say that, sometimes, modern (pre-1950) and contemporary (post-1950) art requires more from the viewer. An 18th century painting of flowers is easy to visually "understand" for most people. Contemporary art often makes you "work for it" because it was often about the process and not just the finished product. I find looking at Old Master-style paintings to be very relaxing, but a trip to MoMA wears me out! I love modern and contemporary art, but it does require more effort.