Wednesday, October 30, 2013
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This painting, entitled "The Hay Wain" by Constable was created in 1821. the tools used to create such a life life painting were oil on canvas.the central point of this painting is the wagon (wain). He primarily focuses on creating a mystical feeling of man being at one with nature. I particularly like how vivid this painting is.
This is a painting created by French artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir in 1876, it is called "Bal du moulin de la Galette". The painting depicts a Sunday afternoon in Paris at the Moulin de la Galette. In the painting we see all of the people dancing, drinking, and eating. I chose this painting because I love the way Renoir used the lighting to influence how he painted a scene. I also chose this painting because I love how the fluid motion of his brushstrokes create a warm and somewhat blurred vision.
This painting is The Rehearsal by Edgar Degas.This painting was from 1878. The medium is oil on canvas. I think this painting is pretty and could add life to a room. I understand why people would buy this. Also it seems as if someone is in the corner of the room looking at this dance practice happen. It makes me wonder who is it.
Breakfast in Bed (1897)
oil on canvas
I chose this painting mainly because I thought it was cute. The subject of a woman and her child is a recurring work of Mary Cassat and I like it a lot. It is somewhat comforting, because I feel as thought the bond between a mother and child is stronger then anything else. I like how the mother is embracing the daughter, but the daughters attention is somewhere else. I feel as though, it is a very strong moment between the two, and the mother is showing a lot of subtle love.
Oil on Canvas
Our current painting assignment is to complete a painting of a landscape. With that said, I was inspired to pick for tho week a landscape painting. Although this is not really a landscape painting, I could not turn this painting down. I really was captured by the bright orangey-yellow-reddish colors portrayed in the fore front while the lighter and whiter colors paint the background. I like how the viewer's eyes immediately look at the forefront. This is a painting also has a lot of details. If you look closely, you will see there are people almost everywhere. This painting is a five-part series depicts the popular American view of the time, when many thought pastoralism as the way humans should live. The series show the growth and fall of a fake civilization
“The School of Athens” was painted in fresco by Raphael in 1511. This high renaissance art was done on the walls of the Stanza Della Segnatura, which used to be an apartment for the pope at that time. The room is now part of the Vatican museum. In this picture there is a lot going on. I like this because a busy pictures makes me wonder what the artist was trying to portray.. Raphael included in his “school” the three great philosophers. Plato ( in the center left in a red shawl), Aristotle (center right in a blue shawl and Socrates off to the left in the green robe teaching. Raphael also included himself way off in the right corner. He is the only person looking right at the viewer. Later Raphael added the likeness of Michelangelo as “Heraclitus, the “weeping philosopher.” Aptly named because of his lonely life and his contempt for humankind”( http://www.eurotravelogue.com/2012/01/artsmart-roundtable-raphaels-school.html). Raphael added Michelangelo to his fresco after seeing this artists work in the Sistine chapel.
This is an oil painting that was first displayed on Valentines Day 1927. In this painting there is a woman sitting alone at a cafe drinking coffee. I really like this painting becuse you can interpret this image in many ways. From my point of view it looks as if the women is sad and thinking about something. Considering the painting was displayed on Valentines day i feel that this woman may be upset over a loved one or is being stood up by her loved one.
Anselm Kieifer, "To the Unknown Painter," 1983
Mixed Media: oil, emulsion, woodcut, shellac, latex paint, and straw on canvas
Anselm Keifer is a German painter who paved the way for Neo-expressionism, a movement that revived the arts of painting, carved and casted sculpture, and the emotional content of German Expressionism. The movement also resurrected many motifs found in German Expressionist pieces, including violent, personalized brushstrokes, social commentary, and historical references.
Keifer manipulated these concepts and dragged them into a contemporary setting, utilizing various mediums to provide an array of textural and colorful effects. This evokes the imagery and horror of the Holocaust, picturing a concentration camp building, most assumedly a crematorium as smoke rises from the background. The building, presumably made from woodcut, juxtaposes the thick and murky lines representative of the charred and blood-stained ground. His use of primary warms tones—yellows and reds—conjures the necessary tones for earth and blood while contrasting the painting's thick black foundation. The piece well executes the unified pandemonium indicative of a Holocaust scene.
I chose the painting The Rehearsal by Edgar Degas. The painting was started in 1873 and finished in 1878. The medium is oil on canvas. The size of the painting is 18 1/2 by 24 3/8 inches. It is located at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University. Degas does a good job portraying the natural light coming through the windows. I like that you can see the details of the buildings and landscaping outside through the windows. I think that the composition of this painting interesting. He keeps the bottom right corner completely empty while of the other spaces in the painting have a lot going on.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
I and the Village
Marc Chagall was a Russian-born, french painter. His inspirations were the Jewish life and folklore of his Russian childhood and the Bible. According to the book his imaginative fantasies were hailed as a precursor to Surrealism, however Chagall insisted that he painted actual memories not irrational dreams. I think that the complimentary colors that Chagall uses are what really makes this painting stand out for me, the green face against the red intrigues the viewer. I also think that the story going on in the background captivates the audience.
This is "Young Mother Sewing" by Mary Cassatt. It is pastel on paper and was finished in 1893. One thing that I enjoy about Cassatt's work is the mother-child relationship. She is known for doing pictures with a mother and child, but the way she captures the relationship is beautiful. You can feel the emotion and love through her work. I believe that is what makes her works so special.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Picasso created this picture in 1903 during what many called his blue period, which primarily illustrated thin suffering beggars and tramps. I picked this picture because of all the different shades of blue in it. It gives this picture a even more depressed atmosphere. The picture does incorporate some shades of brown that are found in the bread and the pitcher., which pulls the viewer in because they contrast the rest of the painting.
"Woman with a Parasol" is an oil on canvas paining of Monet's wife and son on the top of a hill in the suburbs of Paris, France in the summer of 1885. Monet was an impressionist. Impressionism in painting focused on the colors of objects in varying degrees of sunlight. “En plein aire, or painting outdoors, was a characteristic of Monet’s work, and of the Impressionism movement in art”(Totallyhistory.com). The thing I notice most about this painting is the movement it has. The grass is swaying the clouds seem to be blowing with the wind and the woman's dress has body and motion. It is interesting that the faces are blurry. Almost like the things swirling around the people are the most important. I like the yellow spots of paint that look like sun-rays beaming down on the dress and the grass. His wife is at the center of the painting in a wispy beautiful way.
Eric Fischl, "A Visit To/ A Visit From/ The Island," 1983, Oil on Canvas
Fischl exploded on the artistic scene with his 1979 portrait "Sleepwalker," narrating a young boy masturbating in a backyard wading pool. As his career progress, Fischl became known for his bawdy and overtly sexual images that all maintain the underlying question, "What's wrong with this picture?" Many critics have evaluated Fischl's work to be an exploitation of middle class America with "Sleepwalker" representing the failed American dream.
His portrait "A Visit To/ A Visit From/ The Island" seems to expose Western colonization, or at least the repercussion of such a subject as many islands used for vacations spots were once inhabited and reconfigured by England and America. "A Visit To" reflects the image on the left side of the portrait. The white individuals appear ingloriously vacationing on an island, presumably one in Central America. The nudity is almost sexualized, gravitating toward an overtly euphoric atmosphere. The colors are bright and highlight the joy mainting this Western perspective of the island—one of thrill and relaxation.
The image on the right, however, captures a much darker vision of the islands. Juxtaposing the image on the left, the image appears bleaker. The hues sink in an overwhelmingly solemn grey. The black folk leaving the island shout in disbelief as their seemingly dead brothers and sister lay on the beach with tempestuous waves engulfing them. For the islanders themselves, the land is not of wonderment and joy, but of fear and anguish. The title "The Island" denotes this land as any island, concluding that Westerns have exploited these once beautiful lands for their perverse pleasure.
I chose this particular pollock painting becuase I really enjoy his work. I liked this painting because even though it is similar in style to his other works it seems simplier. I enjoy the colors, they compliment each other very well and it alomst reminds me of autumn colors.
"Waiting" is a pastel on paper by the French Impressionist Edgar Degas dated between 1880-82. I read online that Edgar Degas was interested in ballerinas so much because of the contrast between their beauty and grace on stage and the reality of the physical and physiological labor that is deceived during that ballerinas performances. After researching this painting supposedly this painting is depicting a ballerina accompanied by her chaperone. I believe the chaperone is sitting there patiently waiting while the ballerina stretches and prepares for her performance. What I like most about this picture is the drastic color difference between the characters. I like how the ballerinas colors are creamy and soft as opposed to the the other woman who's colors are dark.The background is also very vibrant. There is nothing dull about this. Another interesting thing I liked about this piece of work is the perspective. I like how the viewer seems to be positioned above the two women. So the viewers are looking down on the two women. I thought this was an interesting perspective instead of being straightforward.
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013
This is Hogarth's "Breakfast Scene." It was painted in 1745 and is part of a series of paintings. I chose this because I found it peculiar how that characters are not formal. When I researched Hogart it stated that he invented the comic strip. This brought the meaning together. He became the first british artist to be widely admired abroad.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Posted by briannapassaretti at 3:09 PM
The Tribute Money is a fresco by the Italian renaissance painter Masaccio, located in the Brancacci Chapel of the basilica of Santa Maria del Carmine, Florence. I choose this painting because i thought it was interestin of all the different things going on in the painting. There is a large group of men gather in the middle, a man in what looks to be water and two men on the right who seem to be agreeing on some sort of deal. I feel like the two men without paints may be the outsiders because all the other men have long rober on with some sort of hat. I also love the contrast between the warm and cool colors. It makes the people really stand outt.
This painting was done by Claude Monet in 1877. This is an oil on canvas painting. The scenery painted in this is absolutely beautiful. It makes me feel as if I am there. Its cool because when you look close it looks like a bunch of colors, but from a distance it looks like scenery.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
Edward Hopper, infamous for his paintings to stimulate the mind. "Hopper derived his subject matter from two primary sources: one, the common features of American life (gas stations, motels, restaurants, theaters, railroads, and street scenes) and its inhabitants; and two, seascapes and rural landscapes." I like this painting because it can be interpreted in various ways. Also, the painting is obviously from the 50-60s by the clothing. The use of ciaroscuro in this painting also helps create drama.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Posted by briannapassaretti at 3:59 PM
This is an oil on canvas painting created by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner in 1913. The painting depicts a street scene where anonymous men are lurking around the female prostitutes. I chose this painting because I thought it was very unique how their bodies and faces are stretched which distorts their shape. I love Kirchner's use of outlining throughout the painting such as the pink shadows surrounding most of the figures. I also thought it was interesting how the blacks look very charcoal like and most of his brush strokes were very jagged.
"New York Interior" by Edward Hooper (1921); medium used: Oil on Canvas
This painting entitled "New York Interior" by Edward Hooper, created in 1921 intrigues me because it is a painting from the perspective of looking at someone who is sitting down with their back towards you. We can tell that the artist wants us to be focuses on the females back because he uses white to contrast the rest of the solid colors in this painting. the subtle use of red in the bottom left corner takes your attention away for the female for a bit because of the high contrast. Overall, personally this painting gives off an offsetting atmosphere because we cant see her face and the arm that is raised seems so stiff, even though she might be sewing something, there is a lack of motion in this painting.
This painting was done by Caspar David Friedrich in 1818 and it is oil on canvas. It was created during the romantic period. I was really drawn to this painting because I think it uses a lot of detail and allows the viewer to put themselves in the painting. I like how mysterious it is, that's the main reason I was drawn to this work. I really like the way the artist made the fog look so realistic.
Although this engraving is not my particular taste, I can, however, appreciate how well done it is. The amount of detail that goes in to a piece like this is mind-blowing. Every little detail that is shown is made engraved using hatch marks. Even the water around St. Christopher's legs has amazing detail that shows movement. I also enjoy how he showcased his signature on the rock submerged in the water. One thing I dislike about this piece is the creepy baby head.
Jerry Ueslmann, "Navigation without Numbers," 1971, gelation silver print.
Jerry Ueslmann is a master craftsman of photography and has acted as one of contemporary art's premier showstoppers. His image, "Navigation without Numbers" uses Uelsmann's cherished craft of double-exposure--the act of compiling more than one negative while making an enlargment in a darkroom. In this print, you can see four images comprised together; the base image is of a beach's shoreline, the second of a man standing in a room, the third of a left hand placed in the four ground, the fourth of a right hand exposed as a negative in the middle ground. Uelsmann could have even comprised more images as the dark clouds in the sky could be from another image.
Reminiscent of Rene Magritte and other surrealist painters, Uelsmann creates dream-like images that evoke unrealistic scenarios. One of his photographs is even titled "Magritte's Touchstone." Uelsmann's experimentalism and symbolic gestures are what attract me to his pieces. They seem to carry an aestheticism that captures a deeper meaning in life. By integrating humans and human creation with nature, Uelsmann creates what many have deemed "visual poetry." Thought I do not pin this image as one of Uelsmann's better works (see: Jerry Uelsmann photo gallery), it still captures the essence of Uelsmann's talent and craft.