In his painting, Lake Superior Landscape, George Morrison uses a combination of the visual elements line, texture, and color with the principles of design of repetition and visual unity to create an intriguing, abstract take on the traditional landscape painting.
George Caleb Bingham was known as an artist and politician. He was also known as "the Missouri artist ," during his lifetime. Most of his significant pieces were painted between 1845 and 1860. Bingham did the most amazing drawings , landscapes , portraits and scenes of social political life on the frontier. Bingham was and still is , one of America 's greatest painters.
“An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge” by Ambrose Bierce, written in 1890, is a story about the lengths one will go to escape death, and the vanity of man. Part one of this three part story begins with a gentleman who let himself be tricked by “soldiers of the Federal Army”. He is awaiting his execution for plotting against the Union and attempting to set the bridge on fire. He thinks about his wife and children, all while standing on the edge of a plank on the Owl Creek Bridge, with his hands bound and a noose wrapped firmly around his neck. He dreams up an elaborate escape plan, one that he knows is not only impossible but bound to fail. Part one ends with a Sergeant stepping off the board
Of course, the Hudson River region during the eighteenth century was not all about Ferries, Canals, Railroads, and commerce. Even more, the unique beauty of the Hudson River Scenery and its mountainous is considered to be a manifestation of god. The transcendental nature of the Hudson River attracted many landscaping artists who were captive of its beauty. For instance, the Hudson River Art School did not had a physical location but it was a group of artists driven by their passion, to walk on foot along the Hudson River to appreciate nature and to be inspired by its beauty. Thomas Cole was the principal founder of the Hudson River Art School. When he first came to American as a youth in 1825, he visit Catskill and soon was impressed by the Hudson River scenery that he decided to settled there. Thus, areas like the Catskill Creek, the Kaaterskill Clove, and the Great Wall of Manitou where the most attractive places for
Vicent Van Gogh once said, “If you hear a voice within you ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” Like most of Gogh’s paintings, Bonaventura Berlinghieri painted what he was passion about. Berlinghieri was “…know for his poignant and detailed scene from the life of the Saint Francis on the predella (based of the altarpiece) of the Church of San Francesco at Pescia” (The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica). The Saint Francis Altarpiece is a five feet panel, created in 1235 as a depiction of Saint Francis and the church. The portrait was painted on wood panel and in gothic like form. Nonetheless, this masterpiece is representation of time, the complexity of the painting and the
The Architectural Fantasy by Hubert Robert is an oil painting created in 1802. For an architectural painting, is displays much emotion through the use of color, line, and light. The painting does not utilize a multitude of colors but still is able to provide an exciting scene. Although it does not appear to be that large in the gallery, the work would actually be prominent if it were a standalone piece. The artist’s use of perspective, light, and color give the overall composition a balanced look.
Pleasantville (1998), the picture perfect example of a 1950’s America. Life is pleasant where everyone knows their place. The movie takes place in mid-1990s’, as David (Tobey Maguire), lives a depressed and mundane life. His salvation appears in the form of a fairy-godfather, as he and his sibling Jennifer (Reese Witherspoon), are teleported into the world of Pleasantville, a utopia-like lifestyle that brings with it a pleasant existence, where life ran smoothly in “black and white”. This passion-less world is brought forward by director and producer Gary Ross and the ideas of change. Ross conveys the ideas of change, through the use of intertextuality. Intertextuality is when the creator of any media
This painting shows George Washington, then a general in the American Revolutionary War, crossing the Delaware River with his troops on the night of Dec. 25, 1776. The crossing immediately advanced Washington 's surprise attack on the Hessian forces in the Battle of Trenton. Although the painting portrays a historic part of the American Revolution, it was spuriously painted by Emanuel Leutze, an artist born in Germany. Moreover, where the original was actually painted.
The artist Dieric Bouts painting is called Virgin and Child. This painting dates back to 1455-1460 and is drawn with oil on a wood panel 81/2 x 61/2 . The time period is Netherlands, Haarlem. The Virgin and child are paint about the Virgin Mary and her love for her son.
In this art called American Gothic done by Grant Wood, the viewer can see how the artist creates a dull, but impressive painting. At first look at this artwork, the the viewer’s attention is directed towards the man wearing the dark coat. The viewer also sees a women which could be seen as the man’s wife, daughter, or friend. As the viewer looks at the background of the painting they can see that these people are probably living on a farm. With this painting having many differents forms, the viewer gets to see a piece of art that seems convincingly real. The viewer can also see different shades of color which give the painting more depth. This painting is impressive, due to the different details added to give it more of a authentic feel.
Thomas Cole was originally born in Lancashire, England in 1801. In 1818 he and his parents moved to America. Cole’s father wanted him to be a lawyer. However, Cole self-thought himself in the art where he found his true passion on painting. Cole always found picturesque landscapes for which showed interest at an early age. Cole suddenly became a recognizable artist working in cities such as Ohio, Pittsburg and Philadelphia where he came to work with the Philadelphia academy.
Thomas Cole’s painting, The Course of Empire: Consummation of Empire, is based in America and has an immense amount of detail as well as being “archaeologically correct and based on known sources.” The painting is extremely pleasing to the eye because the variety of pastels used throughout the painting gives it a sense of tranquility and contentment. Thomas Cole’s painting also provokes curiosity by illustrations of different of details such as the placement of people on different levels, the use of land and water, and other details . Through Thomas Cole’s painting, The Course of Empire: Consummation of Empire he is able to show his views on the government and its future.
The nineteenth century was a period where artists of all kinds were changing and developing their own style. These artists were inspired by a growing society, their relationship with the natural world and the wave of transcendentalism. A part of the transcendentalist movement Henry David Thoreau published several pieces involving his own views on nature, solitude and various aspects about life. The transcendentalists and Thoreau shared many beliefs, including, that there was an immanent connection between man and nature. Thoreau focused on self-reliance and having an independent connection to nature that is expressed best in one of his most famous books, Walden.
In 1948, one of America’s greatest artist of the 20th century, Andrew Wyeth illustrated the painting Christina’s World. This artist often created paintings that related to personal or general real life issues. The young woman in the painting happened to be a good friend and neighbor to Wyeth. His paintings often depicted the sorrow and despair of life, just like Chirstina’s. In the 18th century, another one of the greatest artist of all time, Vincent Van Gogh illustrated a very personal painting. The Starry Night is now one of the most widely known paintings in the world, but the story and meaning is not. Both artist used dark and grim themes when it came to their creations, and that is what draws the public to them. In today 's society we are able to relate to the deeper and more mentally touching symbols of these pieces of art.
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.