Born in England, Tom Eckersley is a known as a ‘modernist master’, due to his famous graphic and playful posters. He design original artworks from 1934-1995, with a bold simple style, using shapes, texture and flat colour. He breaks down intricate messages in a way where the audience can easily interpret them. Eckersley is inspired by the constructivists and Bauhaus whom feature the asymmetrical features.
The art work that is analyzed below is the “Noah Sacrificing Deluge” by Benjamin West. This particular painting was painted in the 1800s and the artist used an Oil Paint on a canvas. This art was 1 out of 36 in a series for the Windsor Castle in England. Mr. West lived to be 82 years old and was the first Americans to become a success on the foreign market. He would become a historical painter for King George III and president of the Royal Academy of Arts. He completed 18 painting before the king’s mental state of mind and suspicion questioned West’s political loyalties which ended the project.
The painting that I chose to analyze was William Maw Egley’s Omnibus Life in London (1859). Painted on an oil medium, it depicts a scene of an omnibus, a horse-drawn carriage that acted as public transportation, pulled over at a certain stop along a particular route (Tate). In the painting, it features a crowded bus as more people attempt to board it. There are various people from every type of social class, which will be examined during the contextual analysis section to interpret the meaning historically. Also, this paper will analyze the formal structure of the painting through color, lines, space and mass, and composition. And furthermore, recognize the symbolism documented in the painting for iconographic analysis. In doing so, this will highlight and comment on important characteristics of Omnibus Life in London as it yields new information regarding the emerging shift in social inequality.
The Breakaway was painted by Thomas William Roberts, an Australian artist known for his national narratives. This is demonstrated through, The Breakaway, as it tells the story of a drover trying to prevent a mob of sheep from running away from the pack. During the 1890’s there was a drought which is depicted in the painting, with dust being kicked up and dry, arid landscape. In 1891 a shearers strike began leading to the formation of the Australian Labor Party which suggests the lack of assistance that the drover is in need of.
It demonstrates that even within photorealist painting, which is often criticized as merely careful copies of photographs, the creative process is ever present. Flack’s spontaneity and careful eye are evident in the seemingly casual yet determined ways she constructed the still life, and then deviated from it when actually
Edward Hopper’s painting, House by the Railroad, portrays an abandoned, Victorian-styled mansion built adjacent to a railroad. Hopper depicts the lonely state of the house by emphasizing the shading of the house, colors, architectural design, and placement. In the poem, Edward Hirsch emphasizes the houses’s “emotions” through the usage of personification, diction and metaphors. Hirsch’s personification of the house provides us insight on how the house is feeling. For instance, he describes the physical appearance of the house by using words like “strange, gawky house”(142) and “faded cafeteria windows”(143). By examining his choice of words, we can visualize the extent of how unappealing and out-of-place the house appears in comparison to other
Lewis Hyde’s “The Gift”, subtitled “Creativity and the Artist in the modern world” is a deliberation – thesis, if you will - on the nature of the creative process; likening it to the principles of a gift economy and thereby highlighting the uneasy existence of creative labour and art in a modern world ruled by the ethos of capitalism.
This helps to create a close up look at the view outside the window suggesting the intimacy between the artist and the habitat outside. This is because the focus is almost wholly given to the view outside the window. The view, which is embellished by the presence of flowers sitting on the windowsill, and creepers climbing on the railing, is located in the center of the composition. Despite the lack of a line of symmetry and any logic or geometric order, Matisse has been able to draw the attention of the viewer’s eye through the use of bright colours, almost fluorescent, which were used to portray the calm sea with its floating blue boats, and the sky tinted with the colours of the sunset. The calm sea at the horizon is painted with unreal tones of pink, sky blue, and violet whereas the boat, painted with tones of indigo, orange and green, seem to move along with the light breeze. “The Open Window” is also a painting in a painting, as the sea and the creepers reflect on the shutters of the window creating different perspectives for the scene
Observing an image can cause a range of emotions, thoughts, and theories to form in one’s head, especially when dealing with artistic creations. When studying Belgian René Magritte’s The Lovers II, the second work in the Les Amants series of paintings, my experience was no different than what I have stated previously. Created in the prime of the surrealism movement, the work portrays exactly what the era was all about. This form of art was incredibly popular in Europe at the time, and René Magritte was known for producing works of this sort, though this piece is not traditionally surrealist. World War I had only ended some years prior to, so European countries were still troubled by the destruction and were in the midst of rebuilding what had
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.
Percival Everett’s latest book, So Much Blue, captivates its readers through its unique writing and the different setting in which Everett has chosen to tell a story. Everett’s book interchanges between three different settings to tell artist Kevin Pace’s story: “House” (the present), “Paris” (ten years ago), and “El Salvador” (1979). Each setting has its own different plots and its own different secrets. In “House”, Kevin lives with his wife and two children and he works on his painting that he chooses to keep in away from any eyes but his own. In “Paris” Kevin has an affair with a French lady 25 years younger than him, and in “El Salvador” Kevin goes with his friend Richard to find Richard’s brother Tad in a country where civil war is close
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.
Thesis: Thornton Dial’s artwork invites the viewer to reexamine the importance of insignificant, everyday objects through his use of mixed media.
In the essay An Art That Eats Its Own Head – Painting in the Age of Images Barry Schwabgley acknowledges photographs place in contemporary art while also confirming the significance of painting, “ Although it was
Jane Elliot, one of America’s most respected speakers on prejudice and discrimination, is well known by her quote speaking of American identity, “We don 't need a melting pot in this country, folks. We need a salad bowl. In a salad bowl, you put in the different things. You want the vegetables - the lettuce, the cucumbers, the onions, the green peppers - to maintain their identity. You appreciate differences” (Elliot). Elliot emphasizes the importance of having diversity in the country and respecting the different cultures and identities. While Jane Elliot’s idea may seem modern, it is actually rooted in historical movement ever since the Modernism Era. Just as Jane Elliot expresses the idea of embracing diversity, so too did many artists and