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Ten artworks to look at when life is just too much

Whether it is due to college essays or tests, life at Northwood can be overwhelming. Here are 10 artworks for you to enjoy when life is too much.

Justin Bai, Contributing Writer

When picking my artworks, I have chosen works that speak to me—figuratively, of course. For me, these works have elicited an emotional response that offers a distraction from the day-to-day struggles of life.

Claude Monet, “Water Lilies” (ca. 1915)

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There is something calming about the blues and greens of Monet’s “Water Lilies.”

Claude Monet, “Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat” (1874)

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Recently punched by Andrew Shannon, this work provides a new look to a painting by Monet. The punch offers a startling contrast to the relaxing water scene. While life’s stresses may make you want to lash out violently, Shannon has done the work for you with this artwork.

Detail from Hieronymus Bosch’s “The Garden of Earthly Delights” (1490-1510)

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Take a vacation from life by taking a look at the many strange features in Bosch’s magnum opus. With so many bizarre details, this artwork is sure to distract you from the stresses of life.

Vincent Van Gogh, “The Starry Night” (1889)

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Perhaps Van Gogh’s most well-known work, “The Starry Night” captures the magnificence of nature. The power of the astronomical sight may help you realize that life is filled with such beauty and wonder.

Edvard Munch, “The Scream” (1893)

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Munch’s iconic work captures the angst and agony that has become so a part of our modern, chaotic lives. “The Scream” offers comfort, assuring you that you are not alone in your struggles and reminding you that you may just need to let out the scream that is bottled within.

Kenneth Pham, Contributing Writer

My philosophy is simple: I like what I like. Beauty, wit, simplicity, and tension can be art. I picked these five because I enjoy them. They might appear plain but they each have individual merit. They are calming yet thought provoking. You may hate my selection, but that’s absolutely fine. Regardless if you love every single artwork, hate all of them or find yourself in between, you will have thought about the works and that’s all I can ask for.

Anton Jankovoy, “Untitled

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It’s just pretty.

John Baldessari, “What Is Painting (1968)

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Wit and irony are my favorites.

Sol LeWitt, “Wall Drawing no. 644 (1990)

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Simplicity and beauty.

Peter Vanderwarker, “McGlathery Island, Penobscot Bay, Maine, 1997” (1997)

Image Credit: Peter Vanderwarker

You see that rock? Well that’s you. Those grey clouds don’t bother you. You weather it all and there you are, stronger, better and simply more fabulous than ever.

Katsushika Hokusai, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa” (1832)

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Ah. A classic. Just let it wash over you. (Bet you haven’t noticed those people on the boats before.)