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Hood Museum

This week, I decided to ease my way back into the spring term by showing you guys one of my new favorite spaces on campus; The Hood Museum of Art! The Hood has been under construction since I was a freshman, so this is the first time I have been able to visit the collection and really appreciate the value of having a museum right on my doorstep. While the Hood houses amazing galleries and art from all around the world, I chose to focus on modern impressionism, particularly representations of nature here in America. Here are just a few of my favorite pieces, you'll have to visit the Hood to see the rest! 

Hood 1
Works by Thomas Hill, Edith Cook, Robert Duncanson, and William Hart depicting various natural landscapes. I love the minimal use of color in these photos that really evokes a feeling of summer for me, of soft light and of passive warmth. The work in the upper left, by Thomas Hill titled "Mountain Landscape" is inspired by Yosemite, and stands in stark contrast to the quiet rolling hills of the work across from it, by Robert Duncanson titled "The Stone Bridge".

Hood 2
The photo contains my favorite piece in the Hood (for now) titled "New Hampshire (White Mountain Landscape) by French artist Regis Francois Gignoux. The piece speaks to me on many levels, but most notably the location of the scene (although imagined) is one very familiar to me, as it occurs in my backyard here at Dartmouth. I have hiked the White Mountains extensively, and this beautiful portrayal fills the room and immediately draws the eye. Juxtaposed with works by Americans Thomas Dougherty and Thomas Cole of similar landscapes in the North East, this corner of the gallery stands out to me and I'm sure many museum goers.

Hood 3
The final vignette I have decided to showcase features a piece of painted plaster by American John Rogers, and two paintings by Americans Eastman Johnson and Winslow Homer. One of my favorite parts of how this particular area was curated was the conversation and narrative that can be seen between these three pieces which all explore different aspects of the American perspective of the Civil War. The Homer piece is seemingly relaxed and bright, it plays with color and perspective of several children in a field. Meanwhile, the Rogers piece depicts a woman receiving rations during the war while her son looks on, revealing a darker side of the conflict.

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