The happy gardener

My office is located on the third floor of the Grohmann Museum, home of the Man at Work art collection. There’s a group of women who create imitations of the paintings in the collection as a way of improving their own craft (what better way to learn from the style of a master than to imitate it).

Jo is outside the door of my office, making a painting of The Happy Gardener, a painting by Hermann Kern, a Hungarian artist who lived from 1839-1912. I like Jo’s painting better than the original because the gardener in her painting looks happier. When I asked her why this is, she told me that the gardener reminds her of her grandfather, and that makes her happy.

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The original, by Hermann Kern
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Jo’s recreation.
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