May 20, 2016
This week, the WordPress photo challenge takes a look at getting to know people as an artist by studying their Face. This week for the photo challenge, I thought I’d take a look back at some of the faces I’ve come across in my travels.
Many works of art masterfully depict faces to convey a message, an emotion, a brief snapshot of a period in time. I love to stroll through the galleries and piece together the past through the work of the great artists, marveling at their ability to capture so much within their canvas. But for this challenge, I decided to look at some of the faces of folk art and art in public spaces I encountered in Germany.
For me, the great art provides a glimpse of the epoch, the themes that prevail on the larger scale. I find that the art people make, the art that they keep in their homes and erect in their communal spaces, allows you to see the individuals. It shows you how they choose to honor what is most important to them.
As George Bernard Shaw famously wrote, “you use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.”
In Pfullendorf, a small town in southern Baden Württemberg we see the faces of the past in the local cemetery.
Half hidden by vines, a statue holds a thoughtful pose in a cemetery in Pfullendorf
A solemn figure on a grave marker in Pfullendorf’s cemetery.
A metal cross with the likeness of Mary and Jesus on a grave marker in Pfullendorf.
And in the water park, we see the faces of the future.
This statue looks over the water park in Pfullendorf.
In Burglengenfeld, a small town in Bavaria, we find the faces of the people in the local folk art.
Bavarian farmhouse style art is beautiful and functional. This wardrobe in Burglengenfeld’s Folk Art Museum, depicts a variety of Catholic themes.
Another exhibit in the folk art museum shows a traditional costume. Across southern Germany and Bavaria, as well as many areas in the Alps, masks play an integral part in many festivals. The masks themselves are often intricate works of art.
Another depiction of a Catholic theme on a wardrobe in the Folk Art Museum of Burglengenfeld.
A special exhibition of the Folk Art Museum of Burglengenfeld focused on the handcrafted toys of children in developing nations. The faces of toys reflect a reality of the children.
And the faces of the community in the public spaces.
The fountain of the main square in Burglengenfeld.
This statue stands in front of the Rathouse in Burglengenfeld.
The castle in Burglengenfeld is a home to many residents who participate in art therapy. Here on a tour of the castle, the guide talks about some of the royal faces the residents have chosen to depict. On a side note, this was our first outing in Bavaria after our move. We went on a 45 minute tour, and didn’t understand a word our guide said. It was all in Bayerisch!
And a glimpse into the soul as we view the faces in the Kunstwald.
The still woods of the Kunstwald provides the perfect resting spot for this giant.
An artists rendering of the face along the trail of the Kunstwald in Burglengenfeld.
A row of faces stands watch along the trail of the kunstwald in Burglengenfeld.
A carving along the trail of the Kunstwald in Burglengenfeld.
Carving along the trail of the Kunstwald in Burglengenfeld.
One of the many works by local artists on a forest trail in Burglengenfeld, it is known as the Kunstwald – the art woods.
To find more Faces, head over to The Daily Post challenge – Face