Thursday, June 24, 2010

Slide Projector: L'Aube

Two weeks ago my last set of exams came to an end, and the following weekend I graduated from UCLA. It is somewhat bittersweet to leave behind the lecture hall, admittedly a place that was sometimes a duty rather than a desire. But watching the lights on that world dim as it moves into the past, I can only feel grateful. Grateful for what I've come to know of empires and masterpieces, grateful most of all, for what I've seen. I started the Slide Projector Series as a way to catalog paintings I encountered in school, and while I have a list of those yet to be shared I hope to continue it beyond. L'Aube (At Dawn) (see detail) was only shown in class briefly, supporting a lecture on the 19th century city and social class. In it, grandeur fades to ruin in the growing dawn and the wretchedness of poverty and excess is somehow made beautiful.

17 comments:

CuteStuffInside said...

Congratulations!

S.W.A.K.

Lisa of In Pencil said...

Congrats on graduating!

cutlex said...

Why congratulations! Graduations are always another beginnings. Next year, I'm graduating too. I feel a mixture of fear and excitement.

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

Congratulations Livy!!!! How Terrific! So, what's next for you?

Kristy said...

I love it!

Colleen Elizabeth said...

What a beautiful painting that is, and how poignant too. Funny how paintings have a way of getting into our hearts. What a contrast between the working woman and the women on the gentleman's arms, showing that a woman's character and not her finery are what make her beautiful. The time old saying of "beauty is not skin deep".
~Colleen Elizabeth

Nicole said...

Congrats on graduating!

S.L.North said...

congrats on completing your classes! ;)

Lavender Playground said...

Congrats! I graduated from UCLA last year.

Whitney @ Whisker Graphics said...

Woo Hoo to you for graduating!

Barbara said...

Congrats on your graduation!! :)

Star said...

Congratulations. Your life will never be the same again!
Blessings, Star

littledarlingblackbird said...

hooray for the class of 2010!
congratulations. I'm new to your blog but it's already in my rss feed:)

Suzonne said...

Congratulations! I've been thinking of you lately, wondering if graduation was over. I hope you'll take a little time to pat yourself on the back, get some rest and enjoy life before taking on the next chapter. (Which reminds me - I have some resources to continue gathering for you...)

noella said...

yaay congrats you did it!! I remember for like a month after I graduated I would still have nightmares about failing exams and handing in projects late.. Can't wait to see what you'll be up to next! :)

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Alexandra Williams said...

Congrats on graduating! I can't wait until I'm done with school! Which won't be for a very long time, with how many classes have been cut (I go to CSU Fresno.)

loveable_homebody said...

Hi Livy!

I really like "Watching the lights dim." It's very symbolic, of course, but also kind of true. When I've left places that have been dear or at least very familiar to me, I tend to dim the lights. It doesn't seem right to just switch them off, light to dark, and then leave. No time to absorb that way. You need proper closure. That takes time.

Congratulations on your graduation! I remember that sweet feeling... (It was only a year ago). So... What's next for you?!

-Ashley

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