Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hofmann, "The Gate,"
This painting entitled The gate by Hofman, created in 1960 in guggenheim, NY. This art depicts how he was an early advocate for freely splashed paint.

The Dinner Table, 1897 - Henri Matisse

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

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. 

La Tour "The Penitent Magdalen"

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. 

Henri Matisse
Reclining Odalisque (Harmony in Red)

There is a young woman who is reclined and posed. Her left breast is exposed, while the rest of her body is covered in a what-it-seems white robe or dress. The background is red, allowing the colors in the center to pop out. I like how the white accents are everywhere.

Goya- Donde va Mama?

I picked this sketch because of how they represented children hanging onto the mother when she is about to leave. The children look like grown men while a cat is hanging from an umbrella. This shows attachment during a child's young age where they always want to know where their mother is going and whether or not they can go with her. Children attach to parents so easily sometimes that they cannot even walk because they have a foot to grab and arm to hold onto and a waist to hold back. As much as the sketch doesn't show which parts attach to which I think this is very innocent.

flowers in a crystal vase

Flowers in a Crystal Vase
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
I chose this painting of Monet because I like how he used the same colors but different shades of it but he used them so well with great brush strokes to differentiate each thing from each other.
Mme. Matisse was one of Matisse's typical paintings. His focus was on expression with color. This picture was of his wife. I particularly like this painting because it allows the audience to be part of the painters life and give perspective. The use of color is good to add to the emotion in the photo and the bright cheery colors allow you to understand how Matisse feels about this particular person.

"Self Portrait" by Pablo Picasso

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. 

Dechamp's "Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2"

Dechamp, "Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2," 1912, Oil on Canvas

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

This painting was done by Pablo Picasso during what was called his blue period. Pablo was a spanish painter and during the years if 1901 and 1904 he painting in a blue period. During his blue period he painted monochromatic paintings using different shades of blue.This painting displays an old man with minimal ragged clothing who is hunched over his guitar. I learned this was a painting of a man in Barcelona Spain. I found this painting interesting because I have been to Barcelona and seen the povety on the streets and the man in this painting was clearly drawn to show some sort of poverty. Also the color shades Picasso painting with brings about a saddened emotion and coldness to the painting. The detail he used in the hands, face and hair help tell the story of the age and possible struggles this man endurered but also a passion for music too.

Le Bateau Atelier

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 --Matisse

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

Arshile Gorky
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.

The Potato Eaters Van Gogh

The Potato Eaters By Vincent Van Gogh
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.

Banks of the Marne by Cezanne

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, Navel

Date: 1925Here we have a "modern art" master piece that looks like food but is more likely a clever disguise for the 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?"

Homage to the Square

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... 
mostly because 
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

Kamar and Melamid, "I Saw Stanlin Once When I Was a Child" 1981-82
this painting caught my eye because of its mysteriousness, I really like the dark colors used around the main character of the painting and it puts all the focus on Stalin the main character.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Margaret Bourke-White's "At the of the Louisiana Flood"

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.

American Gothic

American Gothic is a painting by Grant Wood in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.  

La Seine à la Grande Jatte - Printemps

This painting is by George Seurat. His work featured tiny dabs of paint that when looked at far away, your eyes would mesh the picture together. This specific painting features a sailboat, a lake, a tree and a person in the lake as well. He used mostly cool colors in this painting, and used many of the colors are in the sky and trees in the water as well.

Henri Matisse Les Betes de la Mer (Beasts of the Sea)

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.