Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Raoul Hasumann (1919)
Raoul Hausmann was a leader of the German Dada movement in which art became a reflection of the shattered explosions from WWI. From their perspective, the fragmentation of art was a measure of the fragmentation of life, which was grotesquely manifested by the war. Hence this work by Hausmann was constructed from a hairdresser's wig-making dummy with various measuring devices attached to it—including a ruler, pocket watch mechanism, typewriter, camera segments, and a crocodile wallet. Hausmann was inspired by his belief that the average German "has no more capabilities than those which chance has glued on the outside of his skull; his brain remains empty.” A critique in contrast said that “this is a head whose ‘thoughts’ are materially determined by objects literally fixed to it.” Personally I also feel that this represents our thoughts but projected into reality. Therefore it is a conceptual assemblage that is both laughable and political.
"The Snail" by Henri Matisse was created in 1952-1953 as one of his later works, finished one year before his death. This piece consists of pieces of paper painted with gouache and then torn and arranged in the rough shape of a snail onto the background. From the early to mid-1940s Matisse began to suffer from arthritis. Eventually by 1950 he stopped painting and began creating these paper cut outs. I like that Matisse still used his vibrant colors in these paper cut outs as he did in his paintings.
Death Seizing a Women was done in 1934 by Kathe Kollwitz on lithograph. I felt that this particular work was very powerful and moving for the viewer. Death is most people's biggest fear, although it is inevitable. Death usually comes for older, sick people. however, this women appears to be younger; her face isn't wrinkly, her hair is a dark color, and she is clutching a new born. It looks like death is coming on her very quickly and violently. She is clutching her baby, I'm not sure if this is being done to protect her child or if the mother is trying to escape death by clinging to life. The actual death figure is very creepy, resembling something from a modern day horror film. What ever the story is behind this picture I think it is clear that this death is not welcomed or accepted, even the title indicates that death snuck right up on this poor mother. I think this was very well done but I would never in a million years hang this up in my house because I feel like I would never get a proper nights sleep.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
"The Snail" is a cutout picture done by Henri Matisse in 1952. it is pigmented with gouache on paper, and cut and pasted on to a base layer of white paper. it is found in the Tate Gallery in London. it consists of a number of colored shapes, arranged in a spiral pattern. From the early to mid-1940s Matisse was in increasingly poor health, and was suffering from arthritis. Eventually by 1950 he stopped painting in favor of his paper cutouts. "The Snail", is a major example of Matisse's final body of works known as the cutouts. the reason i chose this picture is because at first when i looked at the picture i didnt understand why it was considered famous, but when i read that it was part of the cutout collections from matisse i understood why he made that type of art.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Twilight Storm 20″ x 16″Acrylic & Mixed Media on Canvas
I never seen any abstract art like the one Zachary Brown paints. This one I like because I love the use of the colors and I am just curious what the symbols mean in the painting. But I really like this abstract painting.
Lemon Meringue by Lee Price
Lee Price's work is one of my favorites! The way she can make a painting look so real is amazing to me. I like this painting because she makes the water look so real and her use of light. I like the fact she doesn't care what people think of her work, and she loves doing what she does. She just paints and doesn't second guess herself and that is what I think makes me appreciate her more.
Le Cowboy, or The Cowboy was a lithograph done in 1947 by Henri Matisse. Matisse was a part of the Fauves movement, so the bight crazy colors are a reflection of that. I really didn't know what this was until I read the title, then i could kind of see a cowboy in the left figure on the left side. What he is supposed to be roping on the right side I have no idea. It looks like some strange blob creature, nothing like a horse or a bull or anything else a cowboy may actually rope. Several of the websites said that as Matisse got older, he switched from painting to lithogrpah becasue he could no longer grasp the paint brush. Overall I dont really like this picture mainly due to the fact that i cant tell what that blob is. That may have been Matisse's whole point that since he was an abstract painter.
The Henry Ford Hospital done by Frida Kahlo was painted in 1932 with oil on metal. The picture depicts Frida's second miscarriage in the Henry Ford Hospital. The background shows the Ford factories of Detroit, a city which Frida hated. There are six objects coming from her lower abdomen connected by her umbilical cord. there is a baby, a snail, a piece of medical machinery, an orchid, a broken pelvis, and the female anatomy. the baby represents the child Frida will not be able to conceive due to her previous injuries from the bus accident. the snail was meant to represent her slow agony at realizing she will never be able to have a child. The orchid was a gift from Diego, her husband, while she was at the hospital. the piece of medical machinery represented the cold, impersonal hospital staff she encountered. and the broken pelvis and female anatomy are thought to be pointing towards her back which was also broken in the bus accident. I think that the combination of the hospital and the Detroit sky line really emphasis Frida's pain of being in a city sh doesn't like and away from Mexico especially during such a time of sadness. The painting is very powerful and really expresses her feelings.
In Frida Kahlo’s oil painting entitled The Two Fridas created in 1939 Kahlo is portrayed being split in two placed in front of a cloudy and stormy setting. When this painting was created in 1939, Frida and Diego had just made their divorce final. The Frida on the left, in the white European dress, is clearly heart broken at the thought of their marriage having ended. The clamp symbolizing her cutting off her connection to him. The Frida on the right, dressed in traditional Mexican clothes is holding Diego, possibly intending to represent when they still loved each other. I like this painting because of the meaning behind it. The painting tells it's own story and shows two sides of who Frida was.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Frida Kahlo (1949), oil on masonite
Diego and I is an undeniable representation of Frida Kahlo’s complicated relationship with Diego Rivera. Although Diego had been expectedly promiscuous in the past, an affair with her sister, Cristina, was too much for Frida to bear. Based on this painting, it seems as if Diego had some sort of power over her (as showed by the third eye). Furthermore, Frida’s hair is wrapped around her neck suggesting that he is restraining or suppressing her. Even the red and scarlet colors convey the passion and pain that the couple shared. It is very unfortunate that she loved him unconditionally yet he remained unfaithful to her—even though loyalty was the only thing she desired.
I like this painting because while it is a street scene the colors really pop. It seems happy through the use of color though the people in the painting have expressionless faces. It seems as though there are many women in this painting and I wonder if that was intentional or not. Looking at some of Kirchner's other work, it seemed to me that he liked to use color in his paintings
I am not completely sure if this is in our textbook but I absolutely love this image. This is a cartoon comic strip called "In the Car" by Roy Lichtenstein. I love his work. though his characters are very similar to the ones from the bazooka gum comic strips, they are a classic. Each image is made with tiny dots just in some of the pointillism pieces and created to tell a story. Some have captions or bubble texts to them but not this one. It is a silent comic and I love the characters and the way it was created. Lichtenstein uses only bold primary colors in his pieces and is able to capture the eyes of his observers. It is an image that i have come to love ever since I was exposed to his work and I continue to look into his work regularly.
The painting "Soldier Take Warning" was created in 1942 by Salvador Dali. At first glance, the painting looks as if there is a soldier in the forefront looking back at two women. If you give the painting a closer look tho, it is apparent that the women are supposed to symbolize a skull. The painting was designed to warn soldiers about the possibility of contracting STDs. I think it is very clever how Dali was able to manipulate the image and I also like how the artist was able to create an influential painting, while at the same time providing a public service announcement.
Georgia O’Keeffe’s oil on canvas painting called Blue Morning Glories was done in 1935. O’Keeffe was a groundbreaking modernist painter who digressed from realism to express her own visionary style. She was raised in rural Wisconsin, which gave her a love of nature. She is best known for flower paintings, which made up a significant percentage of her work. She painted enormous close-ups of flowers and she highlighted their importance in a manner that attracted attention. I find this painting quite pretty and enjoy the use of shading.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Luxe, Calme et Volupté is an oil painting by artist, Henri Matisse, from 1904. The colors of this painting is what drew me in. The dark shading behind the standing figure nearest the tree, and the greenish shadows cast beneath the the seated and reclining figures should be admired. In the foreground we discover a beach which recedes to the left, leaving an open bay on the right. That margin of the picture is secured by the trunk of the tree which thought spatially ambiguous, is linked in design with the boat in the middle distance. The year the painting was created, Matisse had met Paul Signac, one of his collegues, and spent the summer working with him at Saint- Tropez on the French Riviera. After meeting Signac, Matisse began using the bright colors of Neo-Impressionism.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The image above is 'American Hailstorm' by Thomas Hart Benton. It was painted in 1940 using the medium tempra on pannel. I like this picture because it captures the excitement and fear felt if you've ever been caught outside in a storm. The technique the artist uses allows you to really feel as if the people in the picture are experiencing strong winds. The colors are similar to what you would see in a stormy situation. The artist allow us to really feel the panic of the horse and men, particularly the one closer. Overall I really like this piece.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Winslow Homer’s painting Northeaster is an oil on canvas done in 1895. It’s absolutely beautiful and it caught by eye because of the earthquake and tsunami that just hit Japan recently. The colors or the waves and sky are very dark making it look like it is a bad storm. Winslow Homer is known for his sloshing dark sea- scenes. He was well liked during his lifetime but critics were taken a-back by the harsh images and lifestyles he depicted.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Franz Marc (1913), oil on canvas
Inspired by the Impressionists, particularly Vincent Van Gogh, Francis Marc began his intensive study of animals in their natural setting. Among the Independent German Expressionist, his works in particular were characterized by bright primary colors, bold simplicity, and a profound sense of emotion. In The Fate of the Animals, he even displays a style that markedly resembles cubism. This has been known to be an apocalyptic image, showing the destruction of the natural world due to industrialization. It was painted on the eve of World War I, inspired by tensions of the prewar period. Marc even noted “it is like a premonition of this war, horrible and gripping.” Sadly, WWI would be the very instrument of his end when a shell splinter struck him in the head, killing him instantly.
Art critics and art historians are actively involved in the practice of art criticism. They attempt to put into words the ideas and concepts the artists are trying to convey. Art Historians are interested in how the works interpret the culture and time, while art critics are more involved with contemporary issues.
- Description: What do you see?
- Describing Subject Matter: What is the subject? What is there? Simply describe.wht is there.
- Describing Presentation: How is the subject matter presented?
- Describing Medium: What is the object made of?
- Describing Style: Which modern movement is your image from?
- Interpretation: What is the artwork about?
- The Point: What is the point or meaning?
- Intent: What is the artist trying to say?
- Evaluation: What is your opinion?
- Judgment: How do I judge the quality and value of the art work?
- Timeline: When was it Made? Is it related to a theory or movement?
- Artistic Importance: Does it stand the test of time, or is merely amusing.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
"The Persistence of Memory" by Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali, was created in 1931 and used oil on canvas. Dali sometimes referred to his paintings as "hand-painted dream photographs" and this painting can definitely be characterized as this. Some art historians thought that the painting may be a visual depiction of the idea behind the Einstein's theory of relativity, that time itself is relative and not fixed. I personally like that he uses the colors of faint brown, yellow and different blue colors to create this painting. This painting is only 9 1/2 by 13" inches.