Looking at People Looking / by M Durquet

"Art does heal: scientists say appreciating creative works can fight off disease." is the headline of a Feb 2015 article in The Telegraph. It says that experiencing art is associated with the following positive emotions: "amusement, awe, compassion, contentment, joy, love and pride." I know this is one of the reasons I love getting a text like this from a former student. Even better is seeing students post pictures of themselves with art, like the one below. All photos were taken this summer in Paris, except the Barnett Newman, taken in NY last year.

Musee Picasso- I loved their outfits, her tattoos, that she is taller than him and how she was so affectionate.
Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson. Hardly anyone goes here. Again, I was drawn to her tattoo, the way she held herself the whole time she was looking at the art, and she looked very, very slowly.
Centre Pompidou- Yves Klein. This jovial woman from Spain didn't realize that there was anything in common between her dress and the painting until I showed her this picture.
Musee D'Orsay- I stalked this poor couple for a long time, and really wanted a photo of them from the front. But I knew that, being French, they wouldn't agree to it. The woman, who must have been in her late 60s or 70s, had impeccable style. Her necklace matched her heels and her dress was a piece of art in itself.
The Louvre- Egypt
The Louvre- Seated Scribe, Egyptian 2500 BCE
Institut du Monde Arabe
Institut du Monde Arabe
MOMA- Barnett Newman