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Dan Perjovschi, ZKM, Zentrum fuer Kunst und Medientechnologie, Center for Art and Media, Global Control and Censorship, Karlsruhe, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany,

Your emotional response to …

Above/featured: Drawings by Dan Perjovschi, 1995-2015. Globale Exhibition at ZKM Karlsruhe – 18 Nov 2015 (6D1).

I’ve had strong reactions to many pieces of art I’ve had the privilege and pleasure of seeing in a selection of museums and art galleries around the world. Here are some works of art which may provoke emotional reaction(s) from the viewer: sad, happy, angry; or perhaps, neutral. At each image, stop to a calm, pay attention to the details, and consider the caption provided.

Der Mönch am Meer, The Monk by the Sea, Caspar David Friedrich, Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin, Germany, Deutschland,

Der Mönch am Meer (The Monk by the Sea), by Caspar David Friedrich, 1810. Painting size: 1.1 metre by 1.72 metres (3.6 feet by 5.6 feet). Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin – 12 Oct 2017 (6D1).

Egon Schiele, Expressionism, Wiener Moderne, Vienna Modernism, Obere Belvedere, Upper Belvedere, Vienna, Wien, Oesterreich, Austria,

Tod und Mädchen (Death and the Maiden), by Egon Schiele, 1915. Painting size: 1.5 metres by 1.8 metres (4.9 feet by 5.9 feet). Leopold Museum, Vienna – 19 May 2018 (X70).

10:22 AM, Iconic Black Women: Ain't I A Woman, Iconic Black Women, Hiawatha D, Northwest African American Museum, Colman School, Jimi Hendrix Park, Central District, Seattle, WA, USA,

10:22 AM, by Hiawatha D. On 15 Sept 1963, a bomb planted by white racists exploded at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. Killed were four black girls: Cynthia Dionne Wesley, age 14, who dreamed of becoming a university math professor; Carole Rosamond Robertson, 14, who looked forward to the dress she would wear at an upcoming formal dance; Denise McNair, 11, who dreamed of becoming a medical doctor; and Addie Mae Collins, 14, who dreamed of playing professional baseball. Also called “The Four Little Girls”, in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. As part of the art work, the accompanying (church) pew makes the art piece into a memorial, encouraging visitors to sit and reflect. How can young black girls with their entire lives ahead of them be killed? How can the lives of black women be remembered and honoured? Exhibition at Seattle’s Northwest African American Museum – 7 Mar 2020 (X70).

Eran Shakine, Juedisches Museum, Jewish Museum, Muenchen, Munich, Bavaria, Bayern, Germany, Deutschland,

“A Muslim, A Christian, and a Jew visiting some friends”, by Eran Shakine, 2018. Exhibition at Jewish Museum, Munich – 2 Jun 2018 (X70).

New York City (Dog legs), Elliott Erwitt, Dog Days, Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver, BC, Canada,

18. New York City. 1974. (Dog legs), by Elliott Erwitt. “Dogs Days” exhibition at Polygon Gallery, North Vancouver – 21 Jul 2019 (X70).

Breakfast series, Sonny Assu, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA, USA,

Breakfast series, a set of digital-print foam-core objects in the style of “cereal boxes”; by Sonny Assu Gwa’gwa’da’ka (Ligwilda’xw Kwakwaka’wakw), 2006. Seattle Art Museum – 9 Feb 2017 (6D1).

Richard Cate, Art Through Struggle, Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA,

Art Through Struggle, paintings by Ricardo Caté (Santo Domingo Pueblo), 2018. Exhibition at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque – 9 Oct 2018 (X70).

I made all images above between 2015 and 2020 with a Canon EOS6D mark1 (6D1) and a Fujifilm X70 fixed-lens prime (X70). Acknowledgements to Patti for LAPC no. 131 in the week of 16-22 Jan 2021. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as

14 Responses to “Your emotional response to …”

    • fotoeins

      Hi, Rusha. I’m glad you enjoyed the different perspective that a variety of art affords to evoke different reactions. Thanks for your comment and for stopping by!

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    Henry, this is just such a great collection, I really enjoyed it, I think this a great idea, so very creative. ” Der Moench am Meer” is my most favorite, I can’t remember having it ever seen. Hiawatha and Ricardo Cate are really great. I wasn’t aware of your post in 2019 about street murals, so had finally a chance to visit that one.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Cornelia. Seeing Caspar David Friedrich’s works (including “Der Mönch am Meer”) at Berlin’s Alte Nationalgalerie in person was a big thrill; I hope to return to Hamburg at some point and see Friedrich’s essential “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog” in the Kunsthalle Hamburg. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Tina Schell

    Excellent post and a terrific idea henry. You’re so right about art evoking different emotions. The piece of the 4 little girls is so heartbreaking and the final image really delivers a message. Wonderful.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Tina. There’s a lot of thought-provoking art that needs to be seen by more eyeballs. For “10:22 AM” (4 young women), the “Iconic Black Women” series was an important exhibition to see and consider. Thanks for your comment!

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  3. pattimoed

    I love this, Henry. What a wonderful idea. The images you selected are very moving. I especially love the memorial to the 4 girls slain in Alabama.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Patti. I’d taken many (permitted) images of art I’d seen, and in remembering how many of the images made me feel, I thought it would be an interesting exercise to see how others viewed the images. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Leya

    Very, very emotional, Henry. Excellent idea letting art in. There is so much of thoughtprovoking art, and I do love all of these. Caspar David Friedrich as essential to Romanticism – I would love to see his work in person too. “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog” is my title image on the Romantic literature I taught. As a young woman, I read everything I could get hold of concerning the American Indians. So many tears. When we traveled to Peru, I read everything on the Incas. love the humorous touch…but the the truth is horrible.

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    • fotoeins

      Hi and thanks, Ann Christine. I hope to see “Wanderer above the Sea of Fog” in person some day at its home in the Kunsthalle Hamburg. Ricardo Caté’s work is humourously provocative but I think it stops the viewer in their tracks, as I hope the image I selected does for viewers. Thanks for your comment!


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