The end of the iconoclast controversy has come, and the beginning of the Macedonian dynasty and/or Second Golden Age has initiated. Therefore, the art of religious figures and holy images were making frequent reappearances. Most of these images were in mosaic form. Mosaics became a prime art form during the Byzantine times. They were made by implanting normal-sized, naturally colored stones, composed with opaque glass, into a soft cement or plaster. The material presented a great variety of diverse colors.
Throughout history, there have been different types of art that has risen to fame. But why and how has it become such a symbol in the world? So today I picked a well-known painting that many people may have seen and heard about, the American Gothic.
Among all the objects in Lee Teeter`s oil on canvas painting entitled Reflections (Fig. 1), the focal point is one long, dark wall, with names written or engraved across the whole canvas along with the engravings on the marble creating motivation for individuals viewing the
If you’re clicking through Jasper Johns’ work online for the first time, you may not be too impressed by what you see. A green square with the vague imprint of a target, an American flag placed on an orange canvas. You won’t realize just how revolutionary and influential the art you’re looking at is. Even seeing one in person won’t make it clear to you, as long as you don’t have an understanding of his art and ideas on art. Johns lies in between the cold presentation of conceptualist art shown in the Dada movement and the visually pleasing presentation of concepts seen in the Pop Art movement. His ideas were revolutionary, if not that, they were undeniably impactful. His Dada-esque concepts and unconventional process
In the museum of Salvador Dali over at St. Petersburg, Florida, there were several artworks that caught my attention because Dali’s artwork is genuine in many ways. Although I was impressed by all the artworks, there was a particular one that interested me completely. The artwork is the painting titled “Old age, Adolescence, Infancy (The Three Ages)”. This is a 1940, oil on canvas painting with dimensions 19 5/8 in x 25 5/8 in. The subject matter in this work is the three phases of life. The painting depicts what seems to be a panoramic view from afar but looking closely each aperture and objects make up the impressions of faces. From the left side there seems to be an aperture looking over a big cliff with branches of trees. This cliff and branches make up the face of an old person. The rock exposures within the cliff form the illusions of wrinkles, wrinkly lips and a long and untreated mustache. The branches give the effect of baldness, contributing to the overall appearance of an old man’s face. Over in the middle of the painting, there is a more pronounced aperture looking over a waterway and rocks. The outline of the aperture makes up the shape of the face, the woman sitting down looking over the other way forms the mouth and nose of the face and the rocks at the distance form the eyes. All these objects clearly form the face of adolescence. Over on the right side there is a smaller aperture looking over the shore and what seems to be a woman on her knees. The figure of
I choose to do a piece of art inspired by Alphabet/Good Humor, a sculpture by Claes Oldenburg. Oldenburg’s Alphabet/Good Humor (Fig. 1) is a large Popsicle shaped sculpture, formed by fleshy pink bubble letters. At almost twelve feet tall, the piece, made of painted fiberglass and bronze, has a playful, almost charismatic feel. The odd muted peach, almost vomit-esque color of the letters reminds me of a brain, or some other body part that could be found deep inside someone, and clashes with the bright colors one traditionally associates with these frozen desserts. Located at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the piece was recently reinstalled in the west end of the Early Twentieth Century Art Gallery bridge, where it demands to be noticed
Study of Marilyn (Vanitas) II is one of the great fine art made by Jewish American artist Audrey Flack (1931, New York) in 1976, and made of oil over acrylic on canvas and it is 2.25 x 2.25 inches transparency was taken by the artist with the Hasselblad Camera and the projected from the slide onto the canvas where it was painted. It is purchased and housed in Arizona University Museum of Art. The reasons of choosing this painting are new realistic method and highly emotional and famine painting, famous photorealist, associated with life, death and pleasure, still-life painting and rich in symbols. Mainly, this painting refers to photographic expression of the vanities in life.
In this article Landau discusses the relevance of Pollocks approach to painting and how method acting correlated towards the process of abstract expressionism, tying in Pollock to method actors Marlon Brando & James Dean. Landau aims to discuss how American society used Pollock, Brando and Dean as a counter culture to their already growing bureaucratic and deeply homogenised society, praising them as “rebel heroes” who spoke through action rather than words, redefining the meaning of an “American Hero” and also leading to Abstract Expressionism becoming an artistic manifestation to an emerging subculture called the “Beat Generation”. Landau is
Writer, James Baldwin believed as an artist, one must pursue and attain a “state of being alone” to find one’s way. (Baldwin, Creative America, p. 1) Like Baldwin, aloneness was a “silence” that painter Beauford Delaney described and which he found in light, a spiritual as well as atmospheric light. Each man needed this “light,” this “silence,” and this “aloneness,” as Baldwin said, to “illuminate [the] darkness;” to delve into their individual creative spaces, explore their shared cultural backgrounds, and embrace their trans-global identities.
African Americans have played a significant role in the field of visual arts and also in other artworks. Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) and Kara Walker (1969 -) serve among the most recognized African American visual artists for their contribution. The artists are connected with their ability in expressing a message that has a lasting interest that results from their American experience. The personal experience of African Americans tends to differ from that of other communities in the U.S thus promoting their works to possess some aspects associated with their history (Philips Collection Organization, 2001). Furthermore, individual experiences of the artists tend to reflect and influence the direction of their work. The paper presents a comparative
In the beginning of the 20th century was the modernism era. It included amazing and famous painters, sculptors, draughtsmen, and printmakers. In this era an amazing artist was born called Henri Matisse. He was born in 31, December 1869 in Le Cateau-Cambrésis in Northern France. He was a painter, sculptor, drafts man, and printmaker. His mother was an amateur painter and his father was a corn merchant. He studied law from 1887 to 1891 and then decided to go to Paris, to become a painter. He drew some amazing paintings and all of them had a story behind it. He drew paintings to pass time. He painted his first masterpiece in 1897, it was called The Dinner Table.
“I know that in writing the following pages I am divulging the great secret of my life, the secret which for some years I have guarded far more carefully than any of my earthly possessions; and it is a curious study to me to analyze the motives which prompt me to do it. I feel that I am led by the same impulse which forces the un-found-out criminal to take somebody into his confidence, although he knows that the act is likely, even almost certain, to lead to his undoing. I know that I am playing with fire, and I feel the thrill which accompanies that most fascinating pastime; and, back of it all, I think I find a sort of savage and diabolical desire to gather up all the little tragedies of my life, and turn them into a practical joke on society”
The American art scene is home is to a compilation of skilled artists. One such artist was Thomas Kinkade. He was highly regarded for the treatment of light in his works, earning him the title Painter of Light. However, he had many more styles of painting. Under the brush name Robert Girrard, Kinkade painted a collection of pieces that distinguished themselves from his signature look, yet still had a “Kinkade” touch. These difference and similarities can clearly be seen when comparing and contrasting his works September Song and The Autumn Gate.
The theme of appearance extends further in Dorian’s life. Dorian’s outer beauty allows him to get away with almost anything, due to the fact that people equals his outer beauty to him being a good person. In reality, Wilde makes it very clear that Dorian Gray is not a good person.
This essay will be analyzing the paintings Mending Socks and Barbecue by Archibald Motley. Mainly focusing on the painting to recognize and understand the visual choices that were made when creating the artwork. As well as being able to state specific elements in the painting.