In The Transformed Dream, as the viewer’s eye moves along the scene, he or she will next see two pineapples, one standing vertically and the other leaning on its mate for support. Again, their unusually warm orange color distinguishes them from the rest of the objects in the still life. However, de Chirico again weaves hints of green throughout the orange spines on the pineapples to unite the disparate tones. This subtle use of contrast enhances both the depth and the cohesion of the piece as a whole. In addition, de Chirico amps up the contrast by creating the gradient in the sky from dark green to light green in order to differentiate it from the dark green pineapple leaves. The most stark contrast, however, is found in the surroundings of the marble head. Along the profile, de Chirico uses a dark outline so that the edge of the god’s face is not lost in the large area of mustard yellow just behind it. The perspective would be unclear and the viewer’s perception of depth would be skewed if de Chirico had omitted this outline. With already surreal subject matter, clarity in form is important in maximizing the audience’s viewing
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.
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 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.
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.
An archetype is present in every society and culture. Familiar characters, symbols, and situations are used in film to convey basic human experiences that will resonate with the viewer. Archetypes send an understandable message to viewers as to the details of a character or scene. Whether the viewers realize it or not, they will have interpreted what is being conveyed without even thinking about the insertion of archetypes. In his film The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien incorporates archetypes into his setting and characters to convey basic human experiences.
Art was meant to be looked at and the work was delegated to the art piece to make an impression in your mind in the short time you were together. However, this assignment allowed to me realize that it is not the art’s duty to engage but the viewers want to be engaged. Staring at a piece of art, not analyzing for a short time period would not give the art or you a meaningful amount of time to make an impact. To make an impression, the art piece must be understood and that only comes with spending time with the art. Another observation I made was that no sculpture is ever complete being looked at. I have spent three hours with The Family Group yet only have I explored the author’s purpose deeply. There are so many facets of an artwork that are yet unexplored. Some questions that still ponder my mind following the complete viewing of the sculpture are: What significance does the color green for Umlauf? Why create the sculpture out of bronze? These questions fall more under the physical realm of the sculpture and will continue to be looked at after this final report is completed. One final takeaway I believed I have learned and continuing to learn is about the struggle between the viewer and the art piece. I never understood what Professor Peers described at the beginning of the year when mentioning how the artwork “pushes back” however, now I understand. The unwillingness of the art piece to
“The Open Window” is an oil painting by Henri Matisse made in the summer of 1905. It is a perfect example of the new art current which inspired French Art at the beginning of the century known as Fauvism. It represents the view from the window of the hotel’s room in Collioure in which the artist stayed.
Pop art era originated in New York during the mid-1950s and ended in the early 1970s. It focused on familiar places in citizen’s day to day life, creating commercial images and during this time Pop art boomed because of the media World War II was receiving. Roy Lichtenstein’s painting “WHAAM!” would mostly fall under the category of the Pop art era for the reasons being that it is based on an image from a DC comic “All American Man of War” which was published by DC comics in 1962. Lichtenstein presented a powerfully charged scene in an impersonal manner, leaving the viewer to decipher the meaning for themselves. The painting is in a comic style of art (Pop Art) and depicts two fighter jets (one owned by the United States the other owned by the Soviet Union) in the air with one shooting a missile towards the other jet with a humongous “WHAAM!” giving the painting a cartoon feel by emphasizing the onomatopoeic lettering in a yellow box, showing that the plane has blown up.
The brilliant hues of greens, purples, reds, and yellows that are strategically brushstroke on the piece give of a sense of impressionism. The characteristics of this piece capture the modern them of leisure activity. Caillebotte’s young cousin Zoe and brother Martial are depicted in this piece through the two characters. Both characters are dressed relaxed and have middle to upper class attire. The painting contains element of modern style through the scenery and garden. The heavy brushstrokes seen in the red flower bushes represent a feeling of realism. It’s as if you could physical touch the flowers. His details are more precise than Berth Morisot’s The Basket Chair, and show how more open male artist could be with their artwork. The scene seems to be during summer with the sun radiating off the garden gravel. The light change in the artwork from dark to light, displays a feeling from relaxation to adventurous and excitement. The male figure I the piece has a calm mood to him and wears a straw hat while reading a newspaper that demonstrates a sense of modernism. According to the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston (MFAH) Web site, “Capturing the specific light effects of midday, Gustave Caillebotte contrasts the cool colors of shade with the dazzling, flattening effects of direct sunlight” (2014, para. 1) Caillebotte creates a diagonal line that moves from the lower left
The image of this milkmaid is an intricate symbol of her sexual availability1,2 (13) perceptible by several elements throughout the image. Milkmaid is an oil on canvas, Dutch painting done by Johannes Vermeer in 1657 and finished in 1658. It is a realism modeling painting of a woman, who is a milkmaid, standing around a still life image of a table of food in a kitchen pouring milk out of a pitcher into a bowl around the food. In this essay, I will explain my analysis and interpretation of this painting through describing elements and defining my own meaning from thoughts on research.
All of the shorts that were shown were amazing but the two that caught my attention most were “33 Yo-Yo Tricks” by P. White and “Sea of Vapors” By Sylvia Schedelbauer. I liked them both for being visually pleasing and experimental.
Cinematography is a combination of techniques used to describe the emotions and mood in films. Cinematography includes camera shots, angles and lighting. A Beautiful Mind and The King’s Speech are biotic films this depicts the life of an important historical person.
Sakoto Fujikasa featured work of artistry displayed within the Harn Museum is know as “Stream.” This piece in particular demonstrates a medium that has been contorted to displays various ripples and waves to resembled that of flowing water. Hence, the name “stream” best befitting it’s whimsical nature. However, at a deeper interpretation of her piece, it can be seen that there is a hiding meaning. My initial thought of the piece was that she was creating a scene encompassing the changing of seasons and how they flow from one to another, parallel to that of a stream. Patiently, over time, this piece’s identity began to morph into a more complex ideology. The theme that Sakoto Fujikasa is expressing through her piece is to show how the encompassment of life is comprised of the various emotions we express and sense.
The Louvre is the world’s largest museum with an extremely impressive art collection. It is located along the Seine River in Paris, France. The louvre was originally built as a fortress, then reconstructed to a royal palace. When Louis XIV moved the royal residence to Versailles, the Louvre became an art museum. The Louvre includes Egyptian antiques, crown jewels, Greek and Roman Sculptures, as well as other French noble artifacts. It houses more than 35,000 works of art at any time. Most of the artwork spans from 6th century B.C. to 19th century A.D. The museums most famous piece is Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”. The Code of Hammurabi, the Greek sculpture “Nike of Samothrace” and “Venus de Milo” are also notable masterpieces.