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Daily Helping for July 27th, 2021 – Imogen Cunningham – Roi on the Dipsea Trail, 1918

A photo of the black and white photograph Roi on the Dipsea Trail, 1918, by Imogen Cunningham. A naked man is crouched on a rock, looking down at his reflection in the river below.

Once again, I found myself in a museum, searching for a work of art that would qualify for the Daily Hart. And once again, it wasn’t easy. Nearly every name on every placard was very much a man’s name, and I started to think that once again, I would have to find a female artist through my computer when I got home. But then I turned a corner and a series of photographs caught my eye. In particular, the photo above stopped me in my tracks. It was beautiful, and it wasn’t until after I had taken a photo that I noticed the name next to it. Imogen Cunningham. I had found a female artist in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lyon.

Not only had I found a female artist, but I had found a work of art that made me stop and stare for several minutes. There is something so peaceful about this image. The harmony of a naked man in nature, staring down at his reflection in the water. How the position of his body looks simultaneously precarious and completely comfortable. It’s beautiful.

So yes. I finally succeeded in finding a Daily Hart in a museum. And it was a work of heart that caught my eye long before I knew what I was looking at. Thank you Imogen Cunningham. I love it.

Suggestions for artists I should check out? Please contact me with your ideas. I hope you enjoyed your daily helping of art!