Analysis Of Jackson Pollock's Lavender Mist

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Through the use of color, Matisse shows the viewer his mental mindset, his emotions, while creating this painting which adds a subjective lens to his interpretation of the subjects. The intense colors illustrate a “feeling” that would not otherwise come through if the colors were directly representational of the real natural world. The bright colors seem to evoke a sense of happiness and pleasure. There is a sense that everything occurring in the picture is alright and everybody is enjoying themselves. This painting has Matisse’s identity tied with it because it represents his individual depiction of the scene. The colors mean something to him but they may have a different meaning to another viewer. If another artist were to draw this,…show more content…
Pollock’s Lavender Mist contradicts the notion that artwork needs to be logical and organized. In the past, conventional academics had expectations for art to follow a set of rules that were the “established authority” on the art of the time, but Lavender Mist directly contradicts what was the status quo. By creating a masterpiece that has no representation or recognizable figures defies the conventional “norms.” There is no single clear defined story that the painting tells but rather it represents something intangible; Lavender Mist is the product of Pollock’s mindset and emotions. Pollock’s canvas serves as “an arena in which to act- rather than as a space to reproduce, re-design, analyze or ‘express’ an object, actual or imagined” (Rosenberg, 1). Lavender Mist defines this concept. Unlike earlier traditional paintings, Lavender Mist is not representing a real life image. It is the rebellious process in which this painting was made that makes this “beautiful art.” Rather than showing a picture, Lavender Mist illustrates the complex process of producing such a piece of artwork. Lavender Mist was not constructed with any intent on pleasing the consumer or satisfying some need, instead the painting is merely a product of the creative process. Where as conventional academics would view the purpose of…show more content…
Picasso strays from depicting reality in the sense that the picture would be recognizable in the natural world, but instead Picasso represents reality with his subjective lens. Similar to the previous two paintings I have discussed, this painting engages and challenges the audience to understand a piece of art that has a multi-faceted meaning. At first it appears like chaotic figures with no real sense of direction. There is no central focus point and the viewer’s eyes scan the entire canvas searching for a logical story. Picasso has taken issues of modern society and incorporated it into his painting. The painting does tell the story of chaos, that chaos, is the atrocities that are associated with war. Again, this painting is not directly representing a specific image or picture, but rather it is the mindset, the feeling, that Picasso has towards war. One could not go and actually see the picture that this painting is representing because it is the product of Picasso’s feeling towards the bombing of Guernica, Spain. It is his creative interpretation. Although the Guernica bombings may have been the inspiration, this painting is not directly representing Guernica. Picasso’s message through the painting is a universal message that war is painful and
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