Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The Dinner Table, 1897 - Henri Matisse
Oil on Canvas
This painting by Henri Matisse caught my attention mainly because of the detail on the table. Theres a lot going on in the painting yet its very simple. I like the use of colors because of how vibrant they are.
Three flags a 1958 painting by American artist Jasper Johns. However, this flag has 48 stars instead of 50 which represented the U.S. states then. I like how this painting even tells history. I also really like how it looks three dimensional as if the painting is coming out of the paper. He took something as simple as the American flag and made a painting of it into something so eye-catching. The painting was acquired by the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City for $1 million in 1980, to celebrate its 50th anniversary. This is a type of painting that will never go out of style and shows extreme patriotism.
This is an oil on canvas painting by Georges de La Tour created in 1683-43. The painting depicts Mary Magdalen at the moment of her conversion. I chose this painting because I found the way in which the light engaged its audience was very interesting. We are draw to focus on the light of the candle which softly lights the front of Mary. I also love the contrast between the light from the candle and the dark shadows. The skull on Mary's lap is said to be a symbol of mortality.
Reclining Odalisque (Harmony in Red)
Oil on canvas
I love this piece because it is not what I'm used to seeing from Manet. I loved his use of colors is phenomenal and I love how you can see his strokes used. There is so much detail, but not a lot of detail at the same time. My favorite part of the painting is the white flower towards the middle because there are so many different colors to make up one simple white flower. I would hang this in my house
This paining is a self-portrait of Picasso painted during his rose period. The Self Portrait 1907 was completed during the working of Les Demoiselles d'Avignon and is oil on canvas. This period followed his blue period and was known for its more cheerful subject matter. He created this happier theme with more red orange and amber tones instead of indigo shades. The man in the painting does not look as happy as you would think with all the color around him as he is not smiling but I think this painting is less depressing than his previous work.
Labeled as one of the leading works of Modern art, Dechamp's painting epitomizes all Modern artists were about. The painting plays with organic shape forced in a geometric lense, blending Futurism with Cubism. It's color pallette, rather nude (pun intended), neutralizes all focus to occupy the subject matter. The painting acted as a great response to photography; not only does it contradict the realism photography produced, but it also recreated specific works of photography that had been created. In 1887, revolutionary photography Edweard Muybridge released a stop motion-based photograph of a naked woman walking down a staircase. Dechamp's piece seems to combine the nautre of this moving image with other works like Etienne-Jules Marey's "Man Walking," which provides a lonh-exposure of a person walking. Dechamp's work takes the subject matter of Muybridge's photograph and transplants it in a painting reminiscent of Marey's work. The painting brushed upon concepts that had not been discussed prior and boiled many people's blood while doing so. Though it reached fame at America's Armory Show, it was originally rejected in France at the Salon de Indpendencias
I chose the painting Le Bateau Atelier which means The Boat Studio in French. It was done by artist Claude Monet in 1876. The medium is oil on canvas. The painting is 28 3/8 inches by 23 1/2 inches. This painting is located at The Barnes Foundation, in Merion, Pennsylvania. I chose this painting because I like the loose brushstrokes and the way that Monet painted the reflection of the water. I also think it is interesting that he had an art studio on a boat.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Luxe, Calme et Volupté is a painting that was done by Henri Matisse in 1904. This is an oil painting. I found the painting so interesting because of the technique that was used. It is called the "division" technique. The division technique "was the characteristic style in Neo-Impresssionist painting defined by the separation of colors into individual dots or patches which interacted optically." I tend to agree with this. I think that it makes the painting stand out. It is classified as one of his most important works and I can definitely see why. I really loved the colors that Matisse used especially and that is why I was particularly drawn to this work.
Water of the Flowery Mill
Gorky was an Armenian-American painter. He freely brushed washes of glowing color inside biomorphic shapes. He often used primary colors for his paintings. What drew me to this painting was the use of bright colors. Early in his career, Gorky often mimicked other paintings, after many years he developed his own style. I think that the bright colors draw you in and the small shapes of contrasting colors really make the painting pop.
This is an oil on canvas painting done by Van Gogh in Nuenen, Netherlands April 13th 1885 - May 1885. This painting is currently in the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam. I chose this painting because I think it is very interesting how he can make such a dark picture so detailed. I truthfully find the painting kind of ugly but there is something about it that i really like. The amount of detail put into this dark painting is amazing. I also like how he has only one light in the room that is lighting up the one section these five people are sitting in.
This is the Banks of the Marne by Cezanne. It was painted in 1888 and is oil on canvas. This is a landscape painting. The part of this painting that I loved was the shadow on the water. The shadow is almost identical to the top of the painting. I also loved the colors that make the trees. They are different shades of green but also include hints of blues that match the sky.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Arp, Jean (1886-1966)
Mountain, Table Anchors, NavelDate: 1925Here we have a "modern art" master piece that looks like food but is more likely a clever disguise for SEX.so the food....you see mountains... I see t bone steaks, or breast from the southern view..but older ones.... like mastectomy with one...uh...never mind. clearly this torn up thrown on the floor artist wants you to look at the piece as a sum of the whole, or should I say hole (note the black ring in the...uh "mountain" and the suggestive "table".... as in eating the ass out of a mountain of a meal... can we say "closing time people?"
Josef Albers, Homage to the Square: “Ascending”, 1953. Oil on composition board, 43 1/2 × 43 1/2 in. (110.5 × 110.5 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase 54.34
Ok so I picked this image because it reminded me of a sunny side egg. I don't really like eggs, egg whites to be specific...
I gagged on an egg white when I was like, 4 or something and It put a, ahem! Bad taste in my mouth. Possibly because I was forced
to eat said egg
and as egg whites go... they taste NASTY, not to mention the smell. I think I remember something about using egg whites in painting
but the whole
gagging thing...I may never possibly get over.
However, there is hope folks, egg yokes rock
Stella Summed something up, what you see is what you get,
and I see eggs on a plate all day long.
when I see eggs, I think bacon and
being born & bread (see how I did that?) in Beaufort Ssssss Cccccc (by the sea), seared bacon smoked sounds sweet all day long.
(thats alliteration y'all)
Two thumbs up to the painter that probably inspired more than breakfast but a whole fashion blood clot for a entire generation of ugly shirts.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Margaret Bourke-White, "At the Time of the Louisiana Flood," Gelatin Silver Print, 1937
Bourke-White's body of work captured the truth behind American society, while maintaining a "beautiful" aspect to her work. Her body of work explored specifically the depression and the truths behind the American and Soviet industries. This work places lower-class Americans in a black community before an "ideal" image of American society--a billboard of a white family in a car with the words "There's no way like the American way" and "world's highest standard of living. The juxtaposition between the people in the image and the billboard exposes the sense of propaganda America places in its society as well as the illusion projected of the truth behind America.
This is a painting done in 1905 by Henri Matisse called Les Betes de la Mer (Beasts of the Sea). In this painting Matisse used symbolic shapes to imply coral, surf, and sea plants and animals. I chose this painting because I loved his use of bright and vibrant colors. I also found it very interesting how he positioned all of he different shapes in order for them to make sense to the viewer.