Select any one painting explored today and describe it creatively in either prose or verse, bringing all its details into focus.Milford Sound, Eugene Von Guerard (1877-1879)
One painting that stood out from my visit to the Art Gallery NSW was Eugene Von Guerard’s “Milford Sound” (1877-1879). This undeniably romantic piece, with its focus on the beauty of nature, offers great insight into the human potential nature allows us to achieve.
Place yourself in the painting. As you inhale, you’re hit with the sharp, fresh air. The cold slightly burns as you breathe, but it’s an enlivening burn. Your spirits awaken, everything is refreshed. As you take a step towards the water, your boot crunches on the pebbles bellow. You take it in: the warm brown of the earth beneath your foot, the glistening dewdrop on the shrubs’ leaves. You look out to the water, and see double: the mountains flipped, double the height, double the beauty, double the magnificence. In the mountains’ grandeur, you feel insignificant. What are you, a mere 5’3″ human in comparison to this immensity? The sun casts its rays and lights up the mountains. The peaks shine, the grass gleams. The clouds above do not shadow this beauty but magnify it. For, between those clouds, in the gaps where the blue is clear and hopeful, we see that nature extends into something more. The gushing of the waterfall to your right brings you back from your daydream, and you focus in on the noise. It is a deafening silence, where all you hear is yourself. Your thoughts are louder than ever, and you are forced to reflect, just as the water reflects the mountains, and the sky reflects the water.
This is a Romantic beauty.