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Volunteer Lyn Younes reflects on how water makes her feel at home wherever she happens to be.

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I can spend hours looking at the ocean and watching it as it changes, but I don't like being on it or in it.

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  • Lyn Younes
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  • Grapevine Panel  |  1866  |  Louis Comfort Tiffany (American) and Tiffany Studios  |  New York City, New York  |  Leaded Favrile glass  |  Gift of Ruth and Frank Stanton, 1978 (1978.19.1)
    9341024
  • Big Sur, California  |  1975  |  Eliot Porter (American)  |  Dye transfer print  |  Gift of the artist, 1985 (1985.1033.2)  |  © 1990 Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
    8061024
  • Northeaster  |  1895  |  Winslow Homer (American)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Gift of George A. Hearn, 1910 (10.64.5)
    1280872
  • Merced River, Yosemite Valley  |  1866  |  Albert Bierstadt (American)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Gift of the sons of William Paton, 1909 (09.214.1)
    1280911
  • The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak  |  1863  |  Albert Bierstadt (American)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Rogers Fund, 1907 (07.123)
    1280762
  • [Trees on the banks with the Pont-Neuf]  |  ca. 1945  |  Brassaï (French, born Romania)  |  Gelatin silver print  |  Gift of the artist, 1980 (1980.1029.5)  |  © 2010 Gilberte Brassaï
    7161024
  • The Garden of the Tuileries on a Spring Morning  |  1899  |  Camille Pissarro (French)  |  Oil on canvas  |  Partial and Promised Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Dillon, 1992 (1992.103.3)
    12801022
  • Banks of the Nile at Cairo  |  ca. 1857, printed 1870s  |  Francis Frith and Company (English)  |  Albumen silver print from glass negative  |  The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1973 (1973.608.1.26)
    1280976
  • Sporting Boat  |  Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, early reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1981–1975 b.c.  |  Egypt, Upper Egypt  |  Plastered and painted wood, linen, linen twine, copper  |  Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.6)
    1280582
  • [The Nile in front of the Theban Hills]  |  1853–54  |  John Beasly Greene (American)  |  Salted paper print from paper negative  |  Gilman Collection, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2005 (2005.100.63)
    1280941
  • Damascus Room  |  dated 1119 A.H. / 1707 a.d.; Ottoman  |  Attributed to Damascus, Syria  |  Wood, marble, stucco, glass, mother-of-pearl, ceramics, tile, stone, iron, colors, gold  |  Gift of The Hagop Kevorkian Fund, 1970 (1970.170)
    7661024
  • Damascus Room  |  dated 1119 A.H. / 1707 a.d.; Ottoman  |  Attributed to Damascus, Syria  |  Wood, marble, stucco, glass, mother-of-pearl, ceramics, tile, stone, iron, colors, gold  |  Gift of The Hagop Kevorkian Fund, 1970 (1970.170)
    7601024
  • Summer Mountains  |  Northern Song dynasty, 11th century  |  Attributed to Qu Ding (Chinese)  |  Handscroll; ink and pale color on silk  |  Ex coll.: C.C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973 (1973.120.1)
    1280817
  • Water Stone  |  1986  |  Isamu Noguchi (American)  |  Basalt  |  Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1987 (1987.222)  |  © 2011 The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    10641024
  • Water Stone  |  1986  |  Isamu Noguchi (American)  |  Basalt  |  Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1987 (1987.222)  |  © 2011 The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    1280878
  • Ocean  |  2009  |  Morigami Jin (Japanese)  |  Bamboo (madake) and rattan  |  Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2010 (2010.345)   |  © Morigami Jin
    1280922
  • Ocean  |  2009  |  Morigami Jin (Japanese)  |  Bamboo (madake) and rattan  |  Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2010 (2010.345)   |  © Morigami Jin
    1280780
  • Lyn Younes
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  • My name is Lyn Younes, and I'm a volunteer at the Met, and my topic is water.

  • Water has always been a continuum in my life wherever I've been, and I've lived in several places, and it's the one element that has grounded me, and made me feel at home and almost been a source of comfort in a new setting.

  • Growing up in California, I was surrounded by it. The bay and the Pacific Ocean and the coastal hills were just part of the daily scene. And so I've always been drawn to this particular image. It's got a wonderful stability and serenity to the hills. And the water is just in direct contrast, it's very turbulent, it's very busy, it's very white. San Francisco Bay was very cold and very windy, and sailing out under the bridge into the Pacific was scary.

  • I can spend hours looking at the ocean and watching it as it changes, but I don't like being on it or in it. So there's a difference.

  • In summers, we went to Lake Tahoe, and I just have indelible images imprinted in my mind of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains in the deep blue of the lake. It's still my idea of an earthly paradise, to be honest.

  • I've always been drawn to paintings, I tend to gravitate to them when there's water present.

  • Paris, where water is very different. And the Seine really divides the city. I lived on the Left Bank and crossed over the Seine every day to the Right Bank to work and I walked down

  • the Tuileries Garden, and when the fountains were playing in the morning it was the most uplifting, cheerful start to the day, and had absolutely the opposite effect at night, when I'd leave to go back, it would be very calming and soothing. It really was very transformative.

  • I live currently in Egypt, I spend a major part of the year there, and I cross the Nile several times a day, and every single time I look at it and I am impressed by its majesty, by its

  • timelessness, by the fact that it has been life-sustaining to so many people over millennia. The Nile can be

  • vast in places, and the agricultural land, which is very, very green running alongside it can be only a few feet. So it's very dramatic to see a vast expanse of water with this thin line of green and then the Theban hills rising from the desert behind it. In an arid climate like that of Egypt or Syria

  • to enter a house where there's a fountain, just to hear the water splashing, is extremely soothing and it makes you kind of forget how hot and dusty it is outside.

  • It's also, to me, very indicative of the kindness and the thoughtfulness of people who live there.

  • It's a mental trip in a lot of ways to look at a painting like Summer Mountains. You can go in any direction, whether it's to be on the water in a boat, to cross over a bridge, to listen to a waterfall, to go up a path to a solitary peak. You can really take any road you want.

  • I really think walking by this, you have to stop, because it invites meditation in looking at it. It's a series of contrasts, really.

  • The stone is very dark and rough and smooth and the water is just very tranquil as it goes over all four sides. But in the end, the water will change the way the stone looks, and over time it's very much the way nature is.

  • Water is very powerful, but it does have a quality that is also very ethereal, that you see when a wave breaks and then goes back out into the ocean. As it recedes

  • it leaves just a very thin trace. So I do have a very deep connection with water

  • it's very basic.

  • 1978.19.1
    Grapevine Panel, 1866, Louis Comfort Tiffany (American) and Tiffany Studios, New York City, New York, Leaded Favrile glass Gift of Ruth and Frank Stanton, 1978 (1978.19.1)
  • 1985.1033.2
    Big Sur, California, 1975, Eliot Porter (American), Dye transfer print Gift of the artist, 1985 (1985.1033.2) © 1990 Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
  • 10.64.5
    Northeaster, 1895, Winslow Homer (American), Oil on canvas Gift of George A. Hearn, 1910 (10.64.5)
  • 09.214.1
    Merced River, Yosemite Valley, 1866, Albert Bierstadt (American), Oil on canvas Gift of the sons of William Paton, 1909 (09.214.1)
  • 07.123
    The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak, 1863, Albert Bierstadt (American), Oil on canvas Rogers Fund, 1907 (07.123)
  • 1980.1029.5
    [Trees on the banks with the Pont-Neuf], ca. 1945, Brassaï (French, born Romania), Gelatin silver print Gift of the artist, 1980 (1980.1029.5) © 2010 Gilberte Brassaï
  • 1992.103.3
    The Garden of the Tuileries on a Spring Morning, 1899, Camille Pissarro (French), Oil on canvas Partial and Promised Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Dillon, 1992 (1992.103.3)
  • 1973.608.1.26
    Banks of the Nile at Cairo, ca. 1857, printed 1870s, Francis Frith and Company (English), Albumen silver print from glass negative The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1973 (1973.608.1.26)
  • 20.3.6
    Sporting Boat, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, early reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1981–1975 b.c., Egypt, Upper Egypt, Plastered and painted wood, linen, linen twine, copper Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.6)
  • 2005.100.63
    [The Nile in front of the Theban Hills], 1853–54, John Beasly Greene (American), Salted paper print from paper negative Gilman Collection, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2005 (2005.100.63)
  • 1970.170
    Damascus Room, dated 1119 A.H. / 1707 a.d.; Ottoman, Attributed to Damascus, Syria, Wood, marble, stucco, glass, mother-of-pearl, ceramics, tile, stone, iron, colors, gold Gift of The Hagop Kevorkian Fund, 1970 (1970.170)
  • 1973.120.1
    Summer Mountains, Northern Song dynasty, 11th century, Attributed to Qu Ding (Chinese), Handscroll; ink and pale color on silk Ex coll.: C.C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973 (1973.120.1)
  • 1987.222
    Water Stone, 1986, Isamu Noguchi (American), Basalt Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1987 (1987.222) © 2011 The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
  • 2010.345
    Ocean, 2009, Morigami Jin (Japanese), Bamboo (madake) and rattan Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2010 (2010.345) © Morigami Jin
  • Grapevine Panel, 1866, Louis Comfort Tiffany (American) and Tiffany Studios, New York City, New York, Leaded Favrile glass Gift of Ruth and Frank Stanton, 1978 (1978.19.1)
    Big Sur, California, 1975, Eliot Porter (American), Dye transfer print Gift of the artist, 1985 (1985.1033.2) © 1990 Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
    Northeaster, 1895, Winslow Homer (American), Oil on canvas Gift of George A. Hearn, 1910 (10.64.5)
    Merced River, Yosemite Valley, 1866, Albert Bierstadt (American), Oil on canvas Gift of the sons of William Paton, 1909 (09.214.1)
    The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak, 1863, Albert Bierstadt (American), Oil on canvas Rogers Fund, 1907 (07.123)
    [Trees on the banks with the Pont-Neuf], ca. 1945, Brassaï (French, born Romania), Gelatin silver print Gift of the artist, 1980 (1980.1029.5) © 2010 Gilberte Brassaï
    The Garden of the Tuileries on a Spring Morning, 1899, Camille Pissarro (French), Oil on canvas Partial and Promised Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Dillon, 1992 (1992.103.3)
    Banks of the Nile at Cairo, ca. 1857, printed 1870s, Francis Frith and Company (English), Albumen silver print from glass negative The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1973 (1973.608.1.26)
    Sporting Boat, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, early reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1981–1975 b.c., Egypt, Upper Egypt, Plastered and painted wood, linen, linen twine, copper Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.6)
    [The Nile in front of the Theban Hills], 1853–54, John Beasly Greene (American), Salted paper print from paper negative Gilman Collection, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2005 (2005.100.63)
    Damascus Room, dated 1119 A.H. / 1707 a.d.; Ottoman, Attributed to Damascus, Syria, Wood, marble, stucco, glass, mother-of-pearl, ceramics, tile, stone, iron, colors, gold Gift of The Hagop Kevorkian Fund, 1970 (1970.170)
    Summer Mountains, Northern Song dynasty, 11th century, Attributed to Qu Ding (Chinese), Handscroll; ink and pale color on silk Ex coll.: C.C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973 (1973.120.1)
    Water Stone, 1986, Isamu Noguchi (American), Basalt Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1987 (1987.222) © 2011 The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    Ocean, 2009, Morigami Jin (Japanese), Bamboo (madake) and rattan Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2010 (2010.345) © Morigami Jin
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    Works of art in order of appearance

    Last Updated: August 19, 2013. Not all works of art in the Museum's collection may be on view on a particular day. For the most accurate location information, please check this page on the day of your visit.

    Grapevine Panel
    1866
    Louis Comfort Tiffany (American) and Tiffany Studios
    New York City, New York
    Leaded Favrile glass
    Gift of Ruth and Frank Stanton, 1978 (1978.19.1)
    On view: Gallery 701
    American Paintings and SculptureFirst and Second Floors
    Big Sur, California
    1975
    Eliot Porter (American)
    Dye transfer print
    Gift of the artist, 1985 (1985.1033.2)
    © 1990 Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Northeaster
    1895
    Winslow Homer (American)
    Oil on canvas
    Gift of George A. Hearn, 1910 (10.64.5)
    On view: Gallery 767
    American Paintings and SculptureFirst and Second Floors
    Merced River, Yosemite Valley
    1866
    Albert Bierstadt (American)
    Oil on canvas
    Gift of the sons of William Paton, 1909 (09.214.1)
    On view: Gallery 765
    American Paintings and SculptureFirst and Second Floors
    The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak
    1863
    Albert Bierstadt (American)
    Oil on canvas
    Rogers Fund, 1907 (07.123)
    On view: Gallery 760
    American Paintings and SculptureFirst and Second Floors
    [Trees on the banks with the Pont-Neuf]
    ca. 1945
    Brassaï (French, born Romania)
    Gelatin silver print
    Gift of the artist, 1980 (1980.1029.5)
    © 2010 Gilberte Brassaï
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    The Garden of the Tuileries on a Spring Morning
    1899
    Camille Pissarro (French)
    Oil on canvas
    Partial and Promised Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Dillon, 1992 (1992.103.3)
    On view: Gallery 820
    European PaintingsSecond Floor
    Banks of the Nile at Cairo
    ca. 1857, printed 1870s
    Francis Frith and Company (English)
    Albumen silver print from glass negative
    The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1973 (1973.608.1.26)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Sporting Boat
    Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, early reign of Amenemhat I, ca. 1981–1975 b.c.
    Egypt, Upper Egypt
    Plastered and painted wood, linen, linen twine, copper
    Rogers Fund and Edward S. Harkness Gift, 1920 (20.3.6)
    On view: Gallery 105
    Egyptian ArtFirst Floor
    [The Nile in front of the Theban Hills]
    1853–54
    John Beasly Greene (American)
    Salted paper print from paper negative
    Gilman Collection, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 2005 (2005.100.63)
    Not on view
    PhotographsSecond Floor
    Damascus Room
    dated 1119 A.H. / 1707 a.d.; Ottoman
    Attributed to Damascus, Syria
    Wood, marble, stucco, glass, mother-of-pearl, ceramics, tile, stone, iron, colors, gold
    Gift of The Hagop Kevorkian Fund, 1970 (1970.170)
    On view: Gallery 461
    Islamic ArtSecond Floor
    Summer Mountains
    Northern Song dynasty, 11th century
    Attributed to Qu Ding (Chinese)
    Handscroll; ink and pale color on silk
    Ex coll.: C.C. Wang Family, Gift of The Dillon Fund, 1973 (1973.120.1)
    Not on view
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Water Stone
    1986
    Isamu Noguchi (American)
    Basalt
    Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1987 (1987.222)
    © 2011 The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    On view: Gallery 229
    Asian ArtSecond Floor
    Ocean
    2009
    Morigami Jin (Japanese)
    Bamboo (madake) and rattan
    Purchase, Friends of Asian Art Gifts, 2010 (2010.345)
    © Morigami Jin
    On view: Gallery 228
    Asian ArtSecond Floor

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