This essay examines one of the many self-portrait paintings by Frida Kahlo called ‘broken column’ (1944). In this painting Kahlo portrays herself as a complete full bodied woman while also reflecting her broken insides. She stands alone against a surreal barren fissured landscape that echoes the open wound in her torso. A broken stone column replaces her damaged spine and is protected by a white orthopaedic corset, while sharp nails pierce into her olive naked flesh. Frida is partially nude except for the corset and white bandages. The painting is at eye level so you are face to face with Kahlo’s severe agony and pain. Formal Analysis This painting is oil on canvas, mounted on a wooden board. The dimensions are H: 15 11/16 in. (39.8 cm), W: 12 1/16 in. (30.6 cm). The style of this painting is very unique. Frida laid down each stroke very firmly to build a simple, clear and crisp image. There are no virtuoso flourishes of the brush and the colours are as neatly contained within contours. (Anon., 2011) Kahlo uses a limited palette in this painting. The background is a sandy and rocky brown landscape, the colours are warm yellows, oranges, browns and hints of red spectrums. Kahlo’s skin is dark but with a small trace of pinks, the bandages she wears is pastel pink and white. The warm colours of the skin and terrain are broken up by cooler colours by the white colour of the bandages and corset but also by the cold bluish- purple sky in the landscape. Functional analysis
Museum assignment For our museum paper assignment, I chose to do my writing on a piece of American art. It’s a painting by Charles Ethan Porter called Still Life, this painting is up for display at the San Antonio Museum of Art. The painting is oil on canvas with the dimensions of h. 13 in. (33.0 cm); w. 20 in.
The above picture is a digital photo of the Tetons and the “Snake River” by Ansel Adams. The river is shaped in a curved motion streaming of water with a background view of clouds. The experience I am viewing is not very clear in color and the picture is blurry.
The divine details in this painting help the viewer understand her true and mixed emotions that are portrayed by the Frida on the left. While the Frida on the right side is her current self who has defeated all the inner turmoil she once had. The purpose of this painting is simple but a complicated all at the same time. Frida’s was conveying a message to her viewers that marriage a journey of beautiful memories, but also comes with tragedy in some cases. It relates to our culture and era of time, from the idea of how easy it is to get a divorce, but how the scars are still within our souls.
ABSTRACT The pain and suffering of Frida Kahlo and Chuck Close gave them the ability to create personal works of art to tell a story. The more suffering each of them encountered, the more artwork was produced, revealing the thoughts in their head, the pain that was endured and what gave them relief. Art really can be a drug, and from this essay, it will outline the development of each of their careers through all of the works of art and progress. INTRODUCTION My essay will address the progressive struggles and pain of two artists Chuck Close and Frida Kahlo, and how they each earned recognition through self-portraiture.
When I analyze this painting, my eyes are drawn to the building in the bottom left which seems to resemble a church. It has a white steeple and roof line along with light red brick for the walls. The color, style, size, and position of this particular building sets it apart from the rest of the buildings which all seem to blend together along the composition. The building’s edge meets right with the fence line along the field in the bottom left corner of the piece. It prompts viewers to begin their focus on the left of the painting instead of drawing our eyes directly to the center.
An initial reaction to this artwork is a feeling of mourn with an explosion of emotions. At first, the artwork serves as a symbol of sorrow, despair, and melancholy. The title of the work adds a dry, bland sense to the meaning behind the drawing. Through observing the drawing more strenuously, the work becomes more of a symbol of war and a cry for help. The despair and troublesome times that the working class went through during war is characterized in this artwork.
Nancy Rourke, the painter of Deaf Culture: Unity of Global Signing, was born deaf and grew up in a world of oralism (Northen, Spindel). Oralism is when someone teaches a deaf person how to read lips and talk instead of teaching them to sign (Oralism). Rourke’s parents did not know she was deaf until she was about six years old but quit in 1986 to become a graphic designer. Twenty years later she was laid off and decided to begin painting again and took a couple of workshops to help prepare for the transition in her life. Her life transition did not begin until 2010 when she became involved in
giving the painting a cartoon feel by emphasizing the onomatopoeic lettering in a yellow box, showing that the plane has blown up. This painting includes warm colors such as a vibrant red and yellow as well as neutral colors like gray, white, and black. Lichtenstein’s colors and the use of natural colors are very predominant in his work of art. He uses a sense of contrast between dull and vibrant colors to emphasize the importance of what’s going on and where the focal point is.
This is a critical analysis of the painting Henry Ford Hospital by Frida Kahlo. This artwork consists of oil paint on a tin canvas. It was painted in Detroit, Michigan after she had one of her many miscarriages. Today it can be found in the Collection of Museo Dolores Olmedo in Xochimilco, Mexico (Esaak). This analysis will describe the elements of design, principles of design, and the reason Kahlo created this artwork.
Pie Counter The name of the painting I choose is Pie Counter. The artist who created the piece of art is Wayne Thiebaud. I chose the painting because it reminds me of when my church would serve food and desserts to the people at my church. When choosing which painting I would write about, I had three choices.
One of Kahlo’s most memorable paintings is the personal 1944 piece “The Broken Column”. Regarded as one of her most meaningful pieces, it features Kahlo standing naked, crying and alone against a barren backdrop, her chest split in two to reveal a cracked column where her spine should be. Kahlo uses earthy red tones to bring her figure forward against the cooler background, accentuating the darkness of her skin as an acknowledgement to her Mexican and Indian heritage. Her bare chest is encased in a hospital corset, winding up her body to her shoulders. Nails pierce her skin and the hospital gown covering her waist, standing out starkly against the flatter surfaces due to their detail.
This painting was created in 1939 by Frida Kahlo. Kahlo created this painting shortly after her divorce with her then husband Diego Rivera. It is said that the painting is used to represent the different sole characteristics of Frida. One of the images represents the traditional Frida in Tehuana costume with a broken heart, the other is seen as an modern day independent Frida. The period of the artwork
The woman from far away appears to be mostly white – blank even. However, upon further inspection, it can be seen that the woman’s skin is actually a blend of a multitude of colors – pinks, yellows, purples, etc. softly define the woman’s features. This artistic choice is representative of the idea that while in the grand scheme of the universe, the view from “far away”, life is meaningless – it should be bland. However, up close, it can be seen that life is actually full of color as each human being creates their own values and perceptions on life. This concept parallels the metaphor of Sisyphus, found in Albert Camus’ “The Myth of Sisyphus,” in that, if one were to view Sisyphus from a distance, they would only see his efforts to roll his rock as torturous.
The use of lighting and filters for colours is not just used for simple illumination but it is more meaningful. It helps to understand the characters and focus our attention on certain objects and actions. The colour can be used as a motif, an occurring manifestation in which the shades themselves become an important part of the story, reflecting emotions, altering situations and underlining scenes. (Bordwell, Thompson and Smith, n.d.)
This artwork is Picasso’s “Night fishing in Antibes” made in 1993. It is oil on paint of a dimension of 6’9” and 11’4”. With a quick glance, many people wouldn’t understand this painting’s meaning at first, some may even disregard it as simply a people fishing. However digging deeper into this painting, there is more foreboding and a significant message than one may think at first. Picasso creatively uses principles like color, space, shape, balance, form, composition in this artwork.