“My garden is my most beautiful masterpiece,” said Claude Monet. Art in the Garden is this week’s Art Splash theme, featuring Monet’s masterpiece “The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny.”
”The Japanese Footbridge and the Water Lily Pool, Giverny," 1899, by Claude Monet
Of course there was that time (at least one) that he used an item of DC’s own budget as a bargaining chip…
The greatest danger, however, is ignorance. We have come to understand the persuasive power of images. One would think that it would be part of our education as citizens of a democracy to attain visual literacy: to master the elements of the rhetoric of images. In fact, our schooling strives entirely in the opposite direction. We are a people of the Word. From the moment we learn to read and write, we are rewarded or criticized according to how cunningly we craft school papers and essays, post-graduate dissertations, reports and memorandums at the office, speeches and presentations at conferences, studies for professional journals, policy statements on behalf of government, State of the Union addresses to the electorate.
—Martin Gurri, The Use and Abuse of Visual Persuasion