Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Midterm Exam

Midterm Exam will be due at midnight Wednesday March 4, 2009 (you have one week)!

Directions: Research an Artist either from the text or from the blog postings. Find at least two sources other than text either online or books. Choose at least one work of art and write a detailed reflection. Please include at least one link to an image of the work or works that you decide to write about and cite sources with links if found online at the bottom of your post. The last paragraph should contain your opinion/reflection of the work.

*hint... some things to include in your reflection: background info on artist, context (what factors played a role in the creation of this work?), content (what is the meaning?), line, space, color, value (what is this work worth?)


Mikey Thomas said...

Henry Duchamp was born July 28, 1887 in Blainville-Crevon, France. His style of art concentrated on inner qualities rather than the art itself. He designed "ready made" pieces of art and largely contirbuted to the "DADA" movement. He died October 2, 1968. Some famous pieces by him are L.H.O.O.Qand the awkward Fountain in which he wrote R. Mutt on a urinal.

Duchamp's most famous art piece is L.H.O.O.Q. in which he draws a mustache and goatee on the Mona Lisa. It is pronounced "Elle a chaud au cul" which means "She is hot in the pants." This was a famous postcard he made. The original has been lost but the postcard is still in print.

In my personal opinion, Duchamp is not much an artist on his "readymade" pieces of art. He took things not even his and tried to make them funny. He could be called an artist but his technique of scrutiny on other pieces can be done by anyone else. Duchamp did make some artistic pieces of his own but none were as famous as his "readymade" pieces of art.

shannon blackburn said...

Michelangelo was born on March 6, 1475 in Tuscany.He was the second of five brothers.His mother died young and hus childhood was very grim.He became shy and pretty much stayed to himself.Michelangelo's father sent him to school where he recoginized his true talent, art.His father was outraged when he told him he wanted to be an artist because his father wanted him to be a business man.At 16, he had completed his first two sculptures.He was fascinated with the nude body because he thought the body was spiritual.

After Michelangelo's David, he was asked to paint a fresco on the Sistine Chapel. He was known for his sculptures, but Julius did not want anyone else painting the Chapel. It took about four years to complete because there was alot of obstacles.He had to learn how to how to create a perspective grom 60 feet in the air. The most diffucult technique in painting,buon fresco,was the style he wanted to do.Remember the chapel is 131 feet long by 43 feet wide. He painted over 5,000 feet of frescoes.What are these famous paintings of?The main panels down the center depict scenes from the Book of Genesis, from the Creation, to the Fall, to shortly after Noah's deluge.There are also prophets of the coming Messiah.Along the bottoms of these run spandrels and lunettes containing the ancestors of Jesus and stories of tragedy in ancient Israel.

I personally think this is a wonderful work of art. I find it highly personal and you can feel the perfection when you look at it.Even though Michelangelo was a brilliant sculpturist,he became a painter.He was known as a genius and one word to describe all of his works would be "masterpiece".I find all of his work very moving and I enjoy looking at his lifes work.

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momgoinnuts64 said...

I spoke of this artist already but she really is,at the point, a favorite to me personally. She is Mary Cassatt, an American born painter who specializes in art work involving children. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on May 23,1845. She never married or had any children yet her works revolved around them. She found great joy in spending time with her nieces and nephews which is where she got much of her inspiration from. Mary was known as painter and poet of the nursery due to her large collection of baby/children images. In her ealry years she was considered to be an impressionistic but that later changed when she started basing her work on the children. They compared her work to many Japanese artists because of the uses of color being almost flat with classical lines, along with giving the illusion of 3 dimensional work. Mary died at her chateau on June 14, 1926 at which point she had been suffereing ill health and was completely blind.

The piece of art I decided to speak of is called Maternal Caress. It's a simple portait really, compared to some of the pieces we have seen in class but it gave me the chills when I saw it so I knew it was the one. It has been reported that she often used friends and family as her models including the children which were probably some of her nieces and nephews. This piece was done towards the end of her painting which was sometime around 1890-1891. She discontinued her work shortly thereafter due to her ailing health and diminishing eyesight. The colors in my opinion are rather bland, staying with the neutrals, and you can definitely see her brush strokes permeating the canvas. She didn't really try to hide them or smooth them out. Although this painting is considered to be Landscape,to me it almost seems like that was an after thought whereas her emphasis is on mother/child.

What gives me the chills about this is that if you have a child of your own and you have the pleasure of experiencing that first carress you get from your child feeling your face, you can't help but have those goosebumps jump up off your skin. It's a feeling that you can't adequately explain to someone who has never experienced it for themselves. That moment symbolizes the most purest form of love and acceptance any 2 people can have. There is no pre-judging or prejudices. This innocent child is looking at you like you are the end-all be-all in her life. What more can you want when you have such love like that. An amazing thing about Mary is her ability to catch the true essence of how a mom would be feeling through her art work when she never bore any children herself. She manages to catch the beauty of the moment without using bright colors or making them woman appear goddess-like in her bodily appearance. As a matter of fact, many of her female images show women as plump and without much facial beauty, yet their inner beauty and emotions radiate throughout her works. Maybe she chose to do this type of painting because it was her way of feeling as a parent vicariously through others.

Just a funny note here, I found 2 different birthdates for Mary in my research. One was as I listed above May 23, 1845 and the other being May 22, 1844. There were no discrepancies on her date of death.

maggie said...

Claude Monet:
Born: 14 November 1840
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 5 December 1926
Best Known As: Impressionist painter of water lilies
Claude Monet was a founder and central figure of the 19th century art movement known as Impressionism. Early in his career, Monet painted realistic landscapes, but after the 1870s he focused more on the effect of changing light on everyday objects. Often he painted multiple studies of the same subjects, from train stations and haystacks to the London skyline, the Rouen Cathedral and, most famously, water lilies. During the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71) Monet fled from Paris to England, where he formed friendships with Camille Pisarro, Auguste Renoir and other figures central to Impressionism. He returned to Paris at the end of the war, but ended up settling in Giverny, where he began a long series of paintings of haystacks (or grainstacks) during the 1890s. Monet's Impressionistic paintings sold well and his financial success allowed him to purchase property in Giverny, where he built a large garden that became the subject of his series Water Lilies (1906-26). Monet's scenes have since become some of the most recognized paintings in the world. One of his lily paintings sold in 1998 for around $39 million, and in 2007 "Waterloo Bridge, Temps Couvert" sold at auction for more than $35 million.

My opinion of his work:
I think that his work bring some peace to my soul by looking at the Blühender Garten in Sainte-Adressee, painting in 1866 by oil on canvas,located at this moment in the Musee d'Orsay, is one of my favorite work of art from his collection, the colors of the garden and the color of the flowers with the combination of light make my feel good. I think because he is painting real places or hi is making and impression of a real place is reason why I like his paintings.

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Ramona Hill said...

Vincent Van Gogh's 'The Starry Night'

He was born March 30, 1853 in Groot-Zundert, Holland. His father was a pastor and in his younger days he himself was a religious man. Van Gogh was an emotional man who lacked self-confidence; after some unsuccessful relationships and failure at different jobs he decided to become a painter.
Around 1886 he began to have fits of madness and lucidity, and was sent to an asylum in Saint-Remy for treatment. While there he painted 'The Starry Night', in June of 1889. The next year, July 29 of 1890 he shot himself and died. While alive Van Gogh only sold one painting, but now all his paintings are worths millions.

'The Starry Night' is a 29"x 36" canvas oil painting. As of 1941 it has been at the Museum of Mordern Art, in New York. Some think that because he was a religious man, that this painting may be a reflection of Genesis 37:9. None the less, this painting in very famous and worth millions. It is said that Bill Gates bought it and said it put a dent in him.

Works cited:

'Van Gogh', by Meyer Schapiro, published by Harry N. Abrams in 1983, New York.

I chose this painting not because it's well known, because it is well painted. The show of color and brush strokes is beautiful and stands out. It is detailed, but not in a realistic form. The brush strokes seem to tell a story. They show how there's wind in the sky and the stars are very bright. I believe Van Gogh's art work stands out because he was different in his time.

soojin brown said...

Gustav Klimt was a famous Austrian painter. He was born on July 14th, 1862 and passed away on February 6th, 1918. Klimt was a prominent member of the Vienna Art Nouveau Movement and many of his works (murals, paintings, and sketches) are currently held in the Vienna Succession Gallery. His main subject was the female body, which can be seen in his sketches.

A specific painting that Klimt is very well known for is one titled "The Kiss". This particular painting is oil on canvas and was painted between the years 1907-1908 or his 'Golden Period'. "The Kiss" depicts a couple sharing a kiss. The couple is painted on a bronze background, in gold and in many patterns.

Personally, I enjoy Klimts paintings very much. I think the way that he sets the mood of the painting with the different colors and patterns is beautiful. Not only in "The Kiss", but in many other paintings such as "Adele Bloch-Bauer", Klimt makes the bodies of his characters blend into the background so that it is not clear where a person ends and where another begins. I also really enjoy how he paints the people so they look almost delicate. The way they hold themselves and the way that they are being held looks very fragile.

sdfloyd24 said...

George Braque was born May 13, 1882 Argenteuil-sur Seine, France. Out of all the works Braque painted, he is most known for is his Cubism paintings. Picasso and Braque created the movent , Cubism. Many artist would follow , and the impact of their art can still be felt everywhere. Cubist believed that art was about form. Analyzing the art from all sides and painting art as if it would represent the three-dimentional world in a two-dimentional term.

One of Braque's famous paintings is Violin and Palette,1909. The violin has curves that are so life like and yet also flat parts that seem flat as the sheets of music right above it. At the top of the painting there is a tromp-l'oeil, or nail. This shows a new characteristic in Cubism. Is this nail holding up the painting or just holding up the palette.

I chose Violin and Palette for my paper because of many reasons. First, the beauty of the curves on the violin are just astounding at how round and curved they appear to be,just beautiful. Then there is the straightness on parts of the violin, it looks as straight as the sheet music above it. When I look at this painting I see so many different things and I love how the shadows play within the painting and create so much depth within it. I am a musician and that also plays a big part of my loving this painting. Braque was extremely talented and created some absolutely astounding works of art.

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Zach Blizzard said...

The artist I chose for the midterm is Rosa Bonheur. Rosa was born March 16, 1822 in Bordeaux, France and she died May 25, 1899. Marie-Rosalie Bonheur was one of four children. Her siblings were trained in art as well by her father, Oscar-Raymond Bonheur. Rosa’s father was the most influential in her life through the art and social aspect of life. Oscar was a part of the Saint-Simonians, which was a political group who wanted unity between sex and social status. This was what led Rosa to dressing like a man, cutting her hair short and smoking cigarettes and cigars.
By the time Rosa was thirteen she started to train with her father. She never went to formal art classes. She started out painting normal things like, still-lives, copying engravings, and later on copying paintings of the masters in the Louvre. Oscar thought this to be ordinary training, so he taught Rosa and the others to paint straight from nature. In 1984 Rosa and her family moved to Rue Rumford, where there were a lot of animals and farmlands, here is where she got the ability to draw nature so well. Rosa would go to slaughter houses in France to catch all emotions the animals gave out, to gain a deeper understanding of their being.

The Painting I am using is “The Horse Fair.” Rosa started this painting in 1851 and finished eighteen months later. This painting is 96 1/4 x 199 1/2 in. this is known as the largest realistic animal painting done by a woman, of its time. Rosa finished this painting at the age of 31, which was astonishing due to its brilliance and force. It was placed into the Salon. This point in Rosa’s life is known as the pinnacle of her career.

I chose this picture because the realism in it is amazing. The lighting and flow of the painting is amazing to gaze at. You can see on the black horse the way the light hits the hair, it looks realistic. The way Rosa puts the dome of La Salpêtrière in the back ground, it being whiter and misty, gives it the allusion that it is far off in the distance. The shadowing is yet another great thing about this piece. I am astonished at this piece of art.



Briana Gamel said...

Wassily Kandinsky was one of the most famous 20th century painters, and is known for painting the first modern abstract works. Born in Moscow, he enrolled at the University of Moscow in his later years and was quite successful in his studies of law and economics. He started studying painting such as life-drawings, sketches, and anatomy at the age of 30. In 1896 he settled in Munich and attended the Academy of Fine Arts there. When returning to Moscow in 1914 after the beginning of World War I he found himself dissatisfied with the art theories present and he returned back to Germany in 1921. There he taught at the Bauhaus school of art and architecture from 1922 until it was closed down by the Nazis in 1933. He then moved to France where he lived the rest of his life, and died in 1944.

In 1903 he painted The Blue Rider which depicts a small cloaked rider on a speeding horse running through a meadow. The painting is shadowed with deep blues and is uneasy to define, with the horse having an unusual stride. His use of disconnection between action and thought would be a prominent technique seen throughout his later works. He portrays the rider more as a series of colors than a report of specific details. It is thought to have a forshadowing quality in showing the more abstract direction that Kandinsky would adopt later. He claimed that blue was the color of spirituality, and the darker the blue, the more the human desire for the eternal is awakened.
I feel that this picture is a beautiful precursor to Kandinsky's later works. The blurred construction and the deep blues throughout make the viewer long to search the painting for a deeper meaning. It's technique and message show Kandinsky's brilliance and it's effect on the emergance of abstract modern art.


TheSlimeOnTheRadio said...

Francisco Goya's full name was Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes and he lived from March 30, 1746 through April 16, 1828. He was born in Fuendetodos, Spain. He was a court painter to the Spanish Crown as well as a chronicler of history. He worked with the Royal Tapestry Workshop designing nearly 42 patterns over a five year period, which were used to decorate the residences of the Spanish Monarchs. These tapestries gave him access to the royal court and he was appointed as a member of the Royal Academy of Fine Art after painting a canvas for the altar of the Church of San Francisco El Grande. Goya painted many notable people of the kingdom including Crown Prince Don Luis. He went deaf in 1792 after contracting cholera and a high fever. Modern physicians attribute his loss of hearing to the lead in his pigments. With his deafness, he became withdrawn and very introspective and spent the next five years recuperating. During his recovery, he read a great deal about the French revolution and its philosophy. As he approached the end of his life, he became increasingly reclusive and began depicting obscure and frightening paintings of madness, insanity, and fantasy. One can see the evolution of Goya's work as well as the darkening of his temper as he shifted from merry festivals and draft cartoons to depictions of war-torn corpses, where he often included himself in the works. These depictions of war are known as "Black Paintings" and they are said to prefigure the expressionist movement.

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One of Goya's most popular works includes Saturn Devouring One of His Sons. It was painted originally on the wall of his dining room in a house he purchased near the banks of Manzanares near Madrid. After his death, it was transferred to canvas, where it resides in the Museo Del Prado in Madrid. This painting is referred to as a "Black Painting" and was painted sometime between 1820-1822. The Greek myth behind the painting states that Cronus, who is Romanized as Saturn, ate each one of his children for fear that they would supplant him. It is a scene of malevolence and conflict that operates outside the bounds of both reason and morality. While allegorically Saturn is representative of time, the sheer monstrosity of the painting deeply expresses Goya's own despair as well as his concern with his own mortality. He was also concerned and deeply embittered with the civil strife he was witnessing in his country. What most likely influenced this painting by Goya was Peter Paul Ruben's much more refined painting by the same name, which was painted in 1636. Ruben's painting was much more brighter and conventional in respect to the myth, and lacking of the cannibalistic ferocity of Goya's work. The painting was originally an oil mural, with the pigments seeming to blend into one another which gives it a crude chalky appeal. The background is black which gives Saturn's white eyes especial prominence with a penetrative awareness not unlike Goya's own awareness.

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The first part of the painting that "catches my eye" is Saturn's eyes. His eyes appear to be looking at the viewer with a crazed, deranged look, almost as if he lacks awareness of his actions. The first impression of Goya's Saturn Devouring One of His Children is one of shock and confusion. After learning of its original depiction in Goya's dining room, I can't help but wonder if he actually ate his meals in his dining room, as I don't particularly find the painting to be appetizing in any sense of the word, although Hannibal Lecter may disagree with me. Immediately upon seeing it, I'm aware that a very imaginative, interesting, yet very deeply troubled person is behind it and upon learning more about his life without hearing as well as the war he witnessed between France and Spain, I gained much insight into the painter that was Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes.

jlytle said...

Pablo Picasso was born october 25 1881 and was a sculptor, draughtsman, and a spanish painter.Picasso is best known for co-founding the cubist movement and for the wide varieties of styles embodied in his work.Among his most famous works are his depicition of the german bombing of guernica and the proto-cubist les demoiselles d'Avignon.Picasso was baptized Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Crispiniano de la Santísima Trinidad, a series of names honouring various saints and relatives.Picasso died April 8 1973.

Les Demoiselles d'Avignon is a painting Picasso made which shows a figurative composition of five nudes grouped around a still life in the foreground.The three figures on the left are distortions of classical figures where as the figures on theright are more barbaric.This painting represents a revolutionary breakthrough in the history of modern art.The nudes that frame the composition already demonstrate change of direction in Picasso's art that was to be of such importance to Cubism.Picasso wanted to destroy absolutely everything. His rebellion against the myth of feminine beauty was relatively insignificant compared with his other rebellion: with this picture he wanted to destroy the whole of Western art since the early Renaissance.

Even though Picassos paintings were out of the ordinary,I think people find enjoyment in his work due to its unique qualities.Picassos work is very valuable and he is known as one of the worlds greatest painters of his time.I feel people will find his work remarkable for years to come.

brad said...

Francisco Goya was born on March 30, 1746 in Fuendetodos, Spain. He began studying under painter Jose Luzan Martinez at the age of 14 and eventually continued his training in Madrid and Rome. He returned to Spain in 1771 and by 1773 had landed work with the Royal Tapestry Workship designing patterns that were used to decorate the homes of Spanish monarchs. It was through these tapestries that Goya gained attention with the royal family. He served as the court painter for Charles III, Charles IV, and Ferdinand VII and created portraits for the royal family and friends. Goya went deaf in 1792 after suffering from cholera and high fever. He spent his final years in France, where he died in 1828. Goya lived through violent times, having witnessed the French Invasion, Inquisition, and reigns of both Joseph Bonaparte and Ferdinand VII. Many of Goya's work reflect the violence of the time, such as The Disasters of War, The Second of May 1808, and The Third of May 1808. Even the portraits that Goya created for the royal families had a hint of dark tone to them. Of all his works, none were more intense or macabre than The Black Paintings, a collection that Goya painted directly on the walls of his villa, Quinta del Sordo.

While Saturn Devouring His Son is the best known Black Painting, The Great He-Goat is my personal favorite of the group. The work depicts a group of witches, disfigured and haggard, gathered around a goat-headed figure, often representing Satan himself. In the middle of the group is a figure in white with a youthful appearance in comparison to the others. This could be a child, as sabbats often involved the consumption of children's flesh, with the white as a symbol of innocence. As with other Goya works, there is probably more to the painting than just merely a depiction of a witches' gathering. It could have it's base in the political turmoil in the country at the time. It was painted in the years following King Ferdinand VII's ascension as the king of Spain. Once on the throne, Ferdinand rejected the Constitution of 1812, that he promised he would uphold, and restored the country to an absolute monarchy against the people's wishes. The Cortes, in a sense, made a deal with the devil by trusting and backing Ferdinand. When Ferdinand turned on the Cortes, he did so at the encouragement of conservatives backed by the Roman Catholic Church. So the painting could reflect the Cortes striking a midnight deal with the Devil (Ferdinand) in an effort to gain their independence from Emperor Napoleon or the church backed conservatives conspiring with the Devil to deceive the liberals and people of Spain. Also of note, a popular date for sabbat is May 1st and King Ferdinand VII rejected the Constitution of 1812 on May 4th.

Flor said...

Cindy Sherman was born born January 19, 1954 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. She is best known for her conceptual portraits. Sherman works in series, typically photographing herself in a variety of costumes. In every photo, she portrays a different woman.

Normally, I wouldn't be interested in photography, but Cindy Sherman made me fall in love at first sight with her photo "Untitled #96." Her Untitled photographs are self-portraits. They are sometimes presented at the scale of the film still and other times at the scale of a large poster. They are actually performances that address the ways in which our culture "view" woman. It is somewhat chameleon like that society changes identities as often as we change our clothes.

The Untitled Film Stills are all black and white photos in which Sherman places herself as an unnamed actress in shots reminiscent of foreign films, Hollywood pictures, B-movies, and film noir. Sherman used her own possessions as props, or sometimes borrowed, as in Untitled Film Still #11 in which the doggy pillow belongs to a friend. The shots were also largely taken in her own apartment. In her work, Sherman is both revealed and hidden, named and nameless. She explained to the New York Times in 1990, "I feel I'm anonymous in my work. When I look at the pictures, I never see myself; they aren't self-portraits. Sometimes I disappear."

Her works are one of the best I've ever seen in photography, but I am being biased. Each piece as a feeling of it's own as well as the touch of an old film. I feel like I'm watching an old television show for the first time. Cindy Sherman is a wonderful photographer. Not only that, but she was the film director of Office Killer.

Miranda said...

Jacques-Louis David Born 30th of August in 1748, died the 29th of December in 1825. David was a highly influential French painter in the Neoclassical style, considered to be the preeminent painter of the era. In the 1780s his cerebral brand of history painting marked a change in taste away from Rococo frivolity toward a classical austerity and severity, chiming with the moral climate of the final years of the ancien régime.
David later became an active supporter of the French Revolution and friend of Maximilien Robespierre, and was effectively a dictator of the arts under the French Republic. Imprisoned after Robespierre's fall from power, he aligned himself with yet another political regime upon his release, that of Napoleon I. It was at this time that he developed his 'Empire style', notable for its use of warm Venetian colours. David had a huge number of pupils, making him the strongest influence in French art of the 19th century, especially academic Salon painting.

Jacques-Louis David is famous for his huge, dramatic canvasses of Napoleon and other historical figures, including Oath of the Horatii (1784), Death of Marat (1793) and The Sabine Women (1799). Early in his career he was a leader in the neoclassical movement; later his subjects became more modern and political. David was himself active in the French Revolution as a supporter of Robespierre and is sometimes called the chief propagandist for the Revolution; after the Reign of Terror ended he was briefly imprisoned for his actions. When Napoleon took power David became his court painter and created several grand canvasses of the Emperor, including the heroic Napoleon Bonaparte Crossing the Alps (1801) and the enormous Coronation of Napoleon and Josephine (1807). David also painted Napoleon in His Study (1812), with its famous image of Napoleon with one hand tucked inside his vest. After Napoleon's ouster David went in exile to Brussels, where he remained until his 1825 death.

My personal favorite painting from him is "The Death of Socrates. Its a very dark but very moving piece to me. People are trying to be there for him while he is dying but he is not having any of that. Socrates looks like a crazy man!

his famous Death of Socrates. "Condemned to death, Socrates, strong, calm and at peace, discusses the immortality of the soul. Surrounded by Crito, his grieving friends and students, he is teaching, philosophizing, and in fact, thanking the God of Health, Asclepius, for the hemlock brew which will ensure a peaceful death... The wife of Socrates can be seen grieving alone outside the chamber, dismissed for her weakness. Plato is depicted as an old man seated at the end of the bed." Critics compared the Socrates with Michelangelo’s Sistine Ceiling and Raphael's Stanze, and one, after ten visits to the Salon, described it as "in every sense perfect". Denis Diderot said it looked like he copied it from some ancient bas-relief. The painting was very much in tune with the political climate at the time. For this painting, David was not honored by a royal "works of encouragement".

Charlene Dodge said...

Wassily Kandinsky, a renowned painter and creator of the “Sketch I for Composition VII” was born in Moscow on the 4th of December in 1866. He was raised in a melodious environment and learned how to read music and play various instruments such as the cello and piano at a young age. Despite his musical upbringing, Kandinsky went on to study Law, Economics and Politics at Moscow University and then later became a professor at the Moscow Faculty of Law. Kandinsky did not actually have a vast interest in art until he reached his early thirties.

Inspired by the impressionist style of artist Claude Monet, art became very fascinating to Kandinsky and evolved greatly within his life. Kandinsky studied sketching, life drawing and anatomy in Moscow under Anton Azbe as well as Franz Von Stuck and from that point on flourished in the art world accomplishing numerous feats. Besides painting and his work on color theory, Kandinsky taught, founded and directed the Phalanx exhibiting society, The New Artists Association of Munich and wrote several poems and plays as well as a book on art-related Spirituality. Kandinsky’s work also resulted in the formation the artist’s group known as “The Blue Rider”, which was created in support of Expressionism.

In addition to his talent, Kandinsky had an interesting disposition known as synaesthesia, which allowed him to view sound in the form as color and as well as the reverse. He used music and emotion, mixed it with color and formed exceedingly unique works of art using oil paint and canvases. Kandinsky’s own words explains his work quite well, "I applied streaks and blobs of color onto the canvas with a palette knife and I made them sing with all the intensity I could...” Thus, abstract art was born.

Kandinsky’s idiosyncratic painting method is displayed in one of his works called the “Sketch I for Composition VII” created with oil on canvas in 1913. In this 200 x 300 cm piece, various brilliant colors, lines and sketches were used to form one giant masterpiece. From an initial glimpse, one might see a tangled mass of colors and scribbles that have no significance by any means. However, due to the artist’s deep synaesthetic nature and tactical prep work on this project, this was purely not the case. Kandinsky produced over thirty preliminary drawings, watercolors and oil studies prior. According to, art scholars have determined through the less detailed work that “Composition VII combines the themes of The Resurrection, The Last Judgment, The Deluge and The Garden of Love in an operatic outburst of pure painting.”

The “Sketch I for Composition VII” is just one in many pieces that Kandinsky created out of his “Composition” series of paintings using music as a motive. The first three works were confiscated after a raid by the Nazi’s in the1930’s and then later destroyed. Composition VII still remains intact and is on display at the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. According to, the painting is now valued at $7,582,650.

In reference to Kandinsky’s work, I absolutely love it. I found Kandinsky’s life and art very fascinating as well as inspiring. The variation of vivid colors and abstract patterns in “Sketch I for Composition VII” immediately acquired my attention. In fact, what really attracted me to this piece is his painting resembles a digital image I created using Coral Draw a few years back. Although I had no special intensions or meaning behind my creation, I am still taken aback by some of the similarities of the two pictures. Overall, I feel as though Kandinsky put his heart and soul into his work and the ending results certainly prove it.

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Brittany Watson said...

On August 6th, 1928, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, an artist was born by the name of Andrew Warhola but was rarely ever referred to this but instead Andy Warhol. Warhol was born to two working class immigrants; who had immigrated to America from Slovakia. A very important period for Warhol was when he was bedridden as a child from Vitus’s disease and would draw, listen to the radio, and collect pictures. This period really developed his style and preferences into the Warhol we know today.
In 1960, Warhol began making pictures of iconic American products such as the Campbell’s soup label and Coca Cola label; as well as celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Troy Donahue, and Elizabeth Taylor. Warhol enjoyed making label’s for Campbell’s and Coke because it was a product that everyone bought no matter rich or poor. And no matter how rich you are the Coke in the bottle is the same as the bum on the street’s coke. Warhol has some of the most amazing/messy arts that I know and that is what makes him unique, the distorted and bright colors make you look at a piece of art for hours.
Andy Warhol passed away in 1987 after a gallbladder surgery. Warhol, an American icon as we know it, was mainly known for his painting but was also a filmmaker and printmaker He has many documentaries and museums put up in his name.
My favorite piece is the silkscreen Marilyn Diptych. The work was completed shortly after Monroe’s suicide in August 1962. The diptych of Monroe has 25 color pictures on the left side and 25 black and white pictures on the right side. This picture has a couple different meanings. The black and white pictures could show her life in the movies and the color pictures her portraits in magazines. Or the art could show that mortality in Monroe’s life. The piece is on display at Tate Liverpool, and in 2004 was named the 3rd influential piece of art.

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Jack Vettriano, birthname Jack Hoggan, was born on November 17, 1951 in Methil, Fife, Scotland. After becoming successful in 1988 he changed his name to Vettriano (his mother’s maiden name). Jack left school at the age of 16 to become a mining engineer and took up painting as a hobby in his twenties after receiving a set of watercolors from his girlfriend. Jack is a self taught contemporary artist and his first pieces of art were copies of the paintings of impressionist artists such as, his first painting which was a copy of Monet’s "Poppy Fields". These early paintings were done under his birthname, Jack Hoggan. It wasn’t until 14 years after he started painting when he felt ready to enter his art into shows.

I researched Jack Vettriano on the internet because of his painting titled "The Singing Butler" which has continued to be one of my favorite paintings. Before now, I have never researched information on this artist or this painting. After doing so, I’ve found that he is recognized as “one of the most commercially successful living artists”. I’ve also found that I don’t care much for his other paintings because they are somewhat provocative. He has been accused, by people in the art world, of being too pornographic with his paintings and he has stated before that his inspiration for his paintings comes from “25 years of sexual misbehavior”. The Singing Butler, one of his earlier paintings, was sold at auction in 2004 for £744,500 (a little over 1 million U.S. dollars for the original canvas) and “sells more posters and postcards than any other artist in the UK”.

I was surprised to see that Jack Vettriano’s other paintings were so much different than "The Singing Butler". I chose "The Singing Butler" because of the romance depicted in the painting and as I’ve said before in other postings, I like paintings that leave you questioning. Who is this couple, what is their story, what brought them to that place? Also, because of the movement the artist painted in this picture, you can see them dancing on the beach with the wind blowing. The artist shows the movement by the curvature of the couple and the wind blowing the maid’s dress.

Dawid said...

Henry Darger was born in Chicago in 1892. Just before his fourth birthday, his mother died from an infection incurred after the birth of a baby girl who was presumably given up for adoption. He lived with his father, a tailor, until 1900, when he was placed in The Mission of Our Lady of Mercy, a Catholic institution for young boys. Darger attended a public school during this period, and was apparently highly intelligent with a particular interest in the Civil War. But after getting signs of behavioral problems and on the recommendation of several medical evaluations, he was sent to live in the Lincoln Asylum for Feeble-Minded Children in Lincoln, Illinois. The asylum housed 1,500 children, many of whom were severely developmentally disabled, and there is no doubt that he received only a rudimentary education during the years that he lived there. After his father died in 1905, Darger made several attempts to escape from the asylum, and in 1909 at age 17, he succeeded. He returned to Chicago for the remainder of his life and worked in various hospitals.

Darger then had rented a single large room he inhabited until he became too weak to climb the stairs. He went to live in the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Elderly, coincidentally, the same home where his father had died years before. Shortly after Darger left his apartment, his landlord Nathan Lerner discovered the hand-bound volumes of Darger's literary and artistic works among the clutter Darger had accumulated over the years. Within six months of leaving his apartment and one day after his 81st birthday, Henry Darger died(1973).

Darger's artistic creation is essentially literary in conception. Even the paintings — illustrations for the text — were originally bound into three huge intepretations.

Darger was very precise in his writings also his most profound hands of work coinciding with writing was " The Realms of the Unreal" which had happen to be a typewritten manuscript consisting of 15,145 pages and contained in 13volumes. The detailed descriptions of military engagements were heavily influenced by Darger's knowledge of the American Civil War, and he chronicled the flags, maps and officers in separate journals. In Henry Darger's section of art work "At Sunbeam Creek/At Wickey Sansia (dbl-sided)"
, was recently held at a auction in New York January 27, 2003 and is worth almost millions.

"At Sunbeam Creek/At Wickey Sansia"

chris morffy said...

Eugene Delacroix. Liberty Leading the People.

Eugene Delacroix is a French Romantic artist. born in 1798 near Paris, France. from the beginning of his career he was regarded as the leader of the French Romantic school. using expressive brush strokes and optical effects of color, he profoundly shaped the work of the impressionsts, while his passion for the exotic inspired the artists of the symbolist movement. he was also a fine lithographer, and illustrated many works of shakespeare. he took inspiration from the art of Rubens and the venetian renaissance.

his work "liberty leading the people" is his most well known and influential. it is located in the louvre.

it was painted in late July of 1830, to commemorate the recent revolution. the painting is thought of as a sort of political poster. Delacroix was a member of the national guard and painted himself in the painting as the man on the left with the top hat. the passion and determination shown in the rebellious figures and liberty herself greatly contrast the piles of dead at the bottom of the painting. lady liberty is carrying a gun in one hand, and the french flag in the other.

this painting is considered my some as the first modern political poster. it really sticks out to me because i believe in freedom, and the ousting of tyrannical leaders and oppressors by any means necessary. the passion for the freedom of himself and his people is clearly shown in Delacroix's painting.

Aviree Jordan said...

Vincent Van Gogh was born in Groot- Zundert, Holland in 1853. His father was a pastor, yet even though he was brought up in a religious and cultured atmosphere he lacked self confidence. Which made him emotional. Between the years 1860 and 1880 was when he decided to become an artist. He had had two unhappy relationships and been unsuccesful as a clerk in a bookstore, an art salesman, and a preahcer in the Borinage. He remained in Belgium to study art. He was determined to give happiness by creating beauty. For Van Gogh color was the chief symbol of expression. His earlier works during the Dutch period were more somber-toned and sharply lit. His most famous genre painting was the "potato eaters" (1885). In 1886 he went to Paris to be with his brother who managed a Goupil's gallery. Van Gogh got to study with Cormon; and also met Pissarro, Monet, and Gauguin. At this time he began to lighten his extremely dark palette and started to paint with short brushstrokes as the Impressionists did. Van Gogh had a nervous temperament which made him a difficult companion. This would lead to night long disscussions with painting all day that undermined his health. Van Gogh desided to go south to Arles, where he hoped his friends would follow so that they might open a school for art. Gauguin joined him but in a fit of epilepsy, Van Gogh pursued his friend with an open razor. Gauguin stopped him but not without cutting off a piece of his earlobe. Van Gogh then began to rotate between lucidity and fits of madness. He was sent to the asylum in Saint-Remy for help. Later in May of 1890 he was released and went to live in Auvers-sur-Oise under a close watch by Dr. Gachet. No more than two months later Van Gogh was found dead. He had shot himself.
"For the good of all" is what they said. Van Gogh only sold one of his paintings during his breif career. His finest works were produced in less than three laters. He demonstrated a technique that grew more and more impassioned in brushstroke, in symbolic and intense color, surface tension, and in the movement and vibration of form and line.

Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Night" is one of the most well known images in modern culture as well as being one of themost replicated and sought after prints. There is a question as to why it has become so popular, there are actually a few reasons other than it is just mesmerizing. The night sky is filled with swirling clouds, balzing stars, and a cresent moon. It is with out a doubt exaggerated but everyone can relate to this scene, it is also one that most individuals feel comfortable and at ease with. The sky keeps the viewer's eyes constantly moving, following the curves of the painting and creating a dot to dot with the stars. When looking at the small town below the hills there is a peaceful essance. Whether it be from the cool dark colors with firey windows or just that it might spark memories of the individual's own warm childhood in their small town looking up at the starry night. The steeple of the church is the center point of the town. It casts a sense of stability on the town, and also size and seclusion. On the left side of the painting there is a large dark object which gives an even greater sense of size and isolation. This massive srtucture's curving lines matches that of the sky's, which also creates depth in the painting. The best thing about this figure is that it gives the viewer the opportunity to interpret what it is. Maybe it is a mountain or a leafy bush. Van Gogh painted this in 1889 during his stay in the asylum at Saint-Remy.

This is my favorite painting ever.
I love his use of color and how it makes you want to kimp into the painting and be there to experience that starry night. I am even more amazed to find out that he painted this while he was in the looney bin. Maybe it is the swirling of the sky of the cool colors of the town but I just can ont take my eyes off of it.

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Francisco Goya,"the Father of Modern art," born in Zaragoza, Spain. As a teenager he was the apprentice of José Luzán. Goya learned to draw and accoplish self portraits from Luzán.Then at the age of 17 he moved to Madrid and met the two painters who would influence the rest of his artworks. There names were,Tiepolo and Antonio Raphael Mengs, both had very different styles but Goya incorrperated both into his works. Goya had extended his art work for the next 60 years and didnt stop untill he was 82. And in his later years people say he went mad because his paintings all had gone dark and were paintings of monsters or gloomy figures.

One of Goya's most famous paintings is Saturn Devouring One of his Sons. The story behind the painting is that Saturn became overwhelmed with jealousy over his children. So at birth Saturn would devour each child before they even had a chance.To human nature this is absurd, but it seemed as though Goya loved to paint for shock value.

In my personal opinon, I believe that since Goya had painted Saturn so late in his life it may have shown his own jealousy of youth. Maybe he saw himself as Saturn devoring all the youth. Also this painting caught my eye because they were no real straight lines or hard lines. Our eyes made Saturn's body and shape. If you look closly you can see that his arms and body almost resemble that of a tree.I also loved how his eyes are towards us the audience. Its almost as if we had walked into the room while he was devouring one of his children and he had been caught.I think Goya hadn't gone crazy in his later life just more bitter and jealous towards the world and it's youth.

ugovibe said...

Biography of Master Sculpture Donatello.....
A good deal is known about Donatello's life and career, but little is known about his character and personality, and what is known is not wholly reliable. He never married and he seems to have been a man of simple tastes. Patrons often found him hard to deal with in a day when artists' working conditions were regulated by guild rules. Donatello seemingly demanded a measure of artistic freedom. Although he knew a number of Humanists well, the artist was not a cultured intellectual. His Humanist friends attest that he was a connoisseur of ancient art. The inscriptions and signatures on his works are among the earliest examples of the revival of classical Roman lettering. He had a more detailed and wide-ranging knowledge of ancient sculpture than any other artist of his day. His work was inspired by ancient visual examples, which he often daringly transformed. Though he was traditionally viewed as essentially a realist, later research indicates he was much more.

The sacrifice of Isaac which comprises the Bearded Prophet, the Prophet with Scroll, and Abraham and Isaac, which are now housed in the Museum of the Opera del Duomo. Compared with the St George this group has a completely different emphasis. The Bearded Prophet conveys a potential freedom of movement unthinkable in the works of Donatello until this moment, and in the extraordinarily realistic treatment of his face the Prophet with Scroll is a man weighed down by thought.
Reflection;In my personal opinion donatello was the greatest sculptor of his time not jus due to the fact for his precises with his art but because of the story it creates from the statues expression and the use to texture..Donatello to me wasnt only an artist but a storytelller and the sacrifice of isaac truly proves that this was an incredible piece of work thta truly evokes and illustrates the genius that is Donatello

Roberto said...

To call Gustave Dore a hard worker would be an understatement. In his lifetime, he has done over 10,000 illustrations and over 400 hundred oil paintings. He was born in 1832 in Strasbourg, France. He had been drawing since at least the age of five, and by age 15 had a contract with a Paris publishing company as an illustrator. Dore was soon the highest paid illustrator in all of France. From there, he continued to illustrate many stories including Dante’s Inferno and Don Quixote. His illustrations for Dante’s Inferno have been a major source for the horror genre even today. By 1865, Gustave Dore was known the world over for his illustrations. He continued to draw illustrations and even branched out into painting and sculpting later on before dying in Paris in 1883. After his death, there was a exhibition of his works in Chicago and over1.5 million people visited it in eight months when shattering the previous art exhibit attendance record in the United States of 600,000 people in a year.

One of my favorite Illustrations by Dore is of Cervantes’ Don Quixote. It is technically an engraving, which was used in the printmaking process as a cheaper alternative to photographs. The illustration was commissioned for a French edition o f novel. It is the first in a series of illustrations throughout the book. Depicted within is Don Quixote reading in his library with his imagination running wild around him.

I really like the drawing. It gives the reader a good feel to what Don Quixote thinks he is battling when he sets of on his adventure to slay dragons, battle evil knights, and rescue fair maidens. I enjoy Dore’s work in general because it strikes me as very vivid and perfectly suited to the types of stories he illustrated. Gustave does a good job of depicting the other-worldly settings and themes of those stories. And I find him even more interesting upon finding out that he is a source of a lot of modern horror imagery. It’s no surprise given how well these images stick in one’s mind.

-Roberto Cases

Mike said...

Henry Darger was born in Chicago, Illinois 1892. His Family only cosisted of his father and him and they were not finacially sound. He was taken from his father by the age of 6 and was put into St. Augustine's Catholic Boy's Home. while he was there he became fasinated with books and pretty much taught himself. By the age of 16 he ran away from the home and returned to Chicago. There he found work being a Janitor at a Catholic Hospital until the day he retired in 1963. No one really knew to much about Darger because he never let anyone get close to him. Instead of him trying to fit himself into the material world he created his own world that seemed real to him " The Realms of the Unreal". This nove l he wrote is considered to be the one of the longest books written containing more than 15,ooo pages. In this he makes alot of religious refrences and creates a war between the Christians and the non-beleviers. Darger dedicated his life to this book and his world.

lilbit said...

Judy Chicago was born in Chicago in 1939.While attending school at UCLA she found the first Feminist program and organized the first feminist exhibitions. Her name was orignally Judith Dancoff but later changed it to Chicago copying the Black Panthers who believed that their given names where their slave names.

Judy Chicago's most famouse piece of work was the Dinner Party.The project was started in 1974-1979, Chicago along with tons of other volunteers made this first major feminsit art.It was made to honor women throughout the world and history that have made contribution to history, 39 places are set on this peice of art, along the side are plates that have 999 other names of women who have done something in other ways that have contributed to history.

The reason why I picked this artist and this piece of art is because I liked the fact that Judy Chicago didn't want to be like a typical painter because she felt that painting was something that only men did and was ran by men.I like that she wanted to show the world how powerful and improtant women can be by making the Dinner Party and it always amazes me when I read about a women who does something that is the first of its time.As far as the art itself I think the idea of it was wonderful because it gave recognition to these women of our history that had done something great at their time. I also think that the color and the time and effort put into this art is amazing but I think she could have found another way to honor these women for what they have done then by making something that looks like a woman's vagina. Even though the meaning behind it is to show that women can be powerful too, I think it's kind of distasteful that they used something like a vagina to represent these women instead of maybe making whatever they did in history into art to represent them.It has been said that The Dinner Party could be worth millions but the Brooklyn Museum estimated that it's worth is only 75,000 to 100,000.

Steven Heid said...

Paul Jackson Pollock was born January 28th, 1912 in Cody, Wyoming. He spent most of his childhood where he grew up in Arizona and Chico, California, where he studied at Los Angeles’ Manual Arts High School. Later on in his life he moved to New York and joined the Art Students League of New York.

After marrying and moving to Springs on Long Island, Pollock converted the barn near his home into a studio. This is the location where he perfected his technique with liquid paint and also where he rendered his famous No. 5, 1948.,_1948.jpg

Pollock was famous for his unique way of creating his work. In his No. 5 painting, along with much of his other works, he usually started by laying his canvas on the ground and allowing his paint to drip from his brush. This required paint of a fluid viscosity and he usually used household paints rather than artist’s paints as, a “natural growth out of need.”

Pollock is credited for originating the term action painting, or painting with feeling. Also he was one of the first to challenge painting with just the hand and wrist, using his whole body to paint. With his technique Pollock was able to achieve a more immediate means of creating art. Although he suffered from alcoholism it is said to have a positive effect on his work.

What first attracted me to Pollock was his nontraditional way of making art, not only that but the art itself was so different from everything else in its time. At first glance his work looks like a messy explosion but at second glance and knowing that every splatter was created with meaning it’s amazing how creative his work looks. It’s his abstract designs that teeter on the verge of chaos that really make me appreciate his work.

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J Ruff said...

The italian renaissance artist Michelangelo is one of the most famous artists of all time and has really intrigued me the more i learn about him. He was a painter, sculptor, poet architect, and engineer. He was born in Tuscany in 1475 and was one of the most influential artists of the 16th century until he dies in 1564 in Rome.

One of Michelangelo's greatest works was The Statue of David. This piece of work is one of my favorites because of the way he portrays the biblical king David like no other artist has in the past. David is nude in the marble sclupture where as in all previous works of David he was in warrior armor or clothing to show power after the defeat of Goliath. But Michelangelo portrays David comtemplating the battle to come. This just shows a very classical way of thinking that no other could portray. Michelangelo is famous for many other works of art. Most commonly known the The Last Judgement at the Sistine Chapel. His work is known all over the world and he is known as a super genius and I dont think anyone can argue that because of the uniqueness in his work and the thought and time put into every detail.

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Andrew Gibbs said...

Salvador Dali was born on May 11, 1904 in Catalonia, Spain. His artistic instincts began when he was a child and his parents took great notice of it. They sent him to a drawing school in 1916 to help him perfect his gift. His father decided to have showings of his son's works in his home and that was the beginning of Salvador Dali's walk towards fame. In 1929, two significant experiences in his life shaped the rest of his existence. He joined a surrealist group in Paris and met his future wife Gala who was also involved in surrealist movements. His life consisted of many beautiful, surrealist paintings, specifically The Persistence of Memory, his greatest work. He lived out the rest of his years involved in surrealist factions, painting to the best of his abilities, and enjoying life with the love of his life Gala. He died of a heart attack on January 23, 1989.

Dali's most famous and revered work of art is The Persistence of Memory which he painted in 1931. It is now being displayed at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The painting takes place on an empty beach, three clocks are melting, and an orange clock is covered in ants. It also seems as if there is a human figure in the middle of the painting, but it’s not clear. He tried to show images from his homeland from the cliffs in the corner. The idea for the painting supposedly came to him one night in a dream where he saw melting clocks on a landscape. Dali was an amazing surrealist painter and his work has lived and will keep living on.

This is by far my favorite painting. Dali shows how quickly time slips away and how life should not be taken for granted. The colors and the mere brilliance of the painting are overwhelming. I find myself mystified by surrealist images such as this.

Chynadoll17 said...

The Heart of the Andes is the artwork I chose for our midterm. It’s featured in Chapter 21 of our textbook. Frederic Edwin Church painted it in 1859. Church was born in 1826 and he died in 1900. Hartford, Connecticut is his hometown. According to the Met Museum, this picture was inspired by Church’s second trip to South America in the spring of 1857. This picture was publicly revealed in New York on April 27, 1859. It is said that during the first 3 weeks of its release, over 12000 people came to view it. Frederic Church is also known for his painting of Niagara. It is just as beautiful. In 1870, Church became a founding trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. As of now, The Heart of the Andes lies in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There have been many debates on the meaning of this picture but I think Church is representing the conflict between humanity and science. Other scholars argue religion and science. Both of those, I could agree with. The painting is very colorful. The text says that it was sought to capture the sublime of the vast spaces of the American West. The text says, “ The insignificance of humanity can be felt in the minuteness of the two figures.”
This painting is a large oil on canvas landscape painting. It’s more than five feet tall and almost 10 feet wide. Wikipedia defines oil on canvas paintings as he process of painting with pigments that are bound with a medium of drying oil. This painting made Church one of the foremost landscape painters in the United States. It’s a composite of his travels depicting the South American topography. This painting is actually a scientific summary of the South American landscape. According to critics, this painting is a view into the past, present, and future. If you look to the right, you can see that the bank have been undercut by the river. Eventually, the tree on the bank will fall into the water. (Erosion!) His signature appears to be cut into the bark of the highlighted foreground tree. Also, this painting includes rounded hills, jagged mountains, rough trees, and other forms that seem to be diagonal as well. Church eventually sold this painting for $10,000, which during that time the highest price ever paid for a work by a living American artist. Today, I believe you could get millions for it. Upon its original display, the host had drawn curtains to fit the painting's frame. This created the illusion of a view out a window.
I chose this painting because I have an extreme love of nature. I’m incredibly green and this painting reminds me of the very nature, I’d do anything to protect. This painting was breathtaking and absolutely beautiful. I see so much of myself in it and I couldn’t take my eyes off it. I’m such a free spirit and I saw freedom in this painting. I will never be an artist but I think I’ve just become a life long Church fan. It’s one of the most profound paintings that I’ve ever seen. Art isn’t my favorite subject but Frederic Church has really done something to me. Nature is truly amazing. Frederic obviously has a love for nature and as do I. He was a phenomenal human being and I wish I could shake his hand. This really opened my eyes. I had no idea that views like this even existed. Human beings are capable of many evils but this painting helped me see that there is so much good in the world. I’d have to say, he reminds me that there is more to admire in the human race than to despise.


A World of Art – Chapter 21

Amara Manickchand said...

Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi, better known as Sandro Botticelli was an Italian painter from the Florentine school in the early Renissence period. Details of Botticelli's life are sparse, but we know that he became an apprentice when he was about fourteen years old, which was typical for a Renaissance artist. Reportedly he was initially trained as a goldsmith by his brother Antonio.
Probably by 1462 he was apprenticed to Fra Filippo Lippi, many of his early works have been attributed to the elder master, and attributions continue to be uncertain. Influenced by Masaccio's painting, it was from Lippi that Botticelli learned a more intimate and detailed manner. By 1470 Botticelli had his own workshop. Even at this early date his work was characterized by a conception of the figure as if seen in low relief, drawn with clear contours, and minimizing strong contrasts of light and shadow which would indicate fully modeled forms. He is famous for his Birth of Venus and Primavera.
My favorite piece is Primavera, which means spring in Italian. The painting is illustrative of Renaissance iconography and form, depicting classical gods almost naked and life-size. While some of the figures were inspired by ancient sculptures, these were not direct copies but translated into Botticelli's own technique: slender, highly-idealized figures whose bodies at times seem slightly too slender and foretell the elegant, style of 16th-century Mannerism.
Venus is standing in the centre of the picture, set slightly back from the other figures. Above her, a blindfolded Cupid is aiming one of his fiery arrows of love at the Charities (Three Graces), who are elegantly dancing in a circle. The Grace on the right side has the same face as one of of his other portraits, Caterina Sforza. The garden of Venus, the goddess of love, is guarded on the left by Mercury, who stretches out his hand to touch the clouds. Mercury, who is lightly clad in a red cloak covered with flames, is wearing a helmet and carrying a sword, characterizing him as the guardian of the garden. The messenger of the gods is also identified by means of his winged shoes and staff. From the right, Zephyrus, the god of the winds, is forcefully pushing his way in, in pursuit of the nymph Chloris. Next to her walks Flora, the goddess of spring, who is scattering flowers.
Various interpretations of the scene exist. For instance, the Primavera was also read from Ovid's Fasti, a poetic calendar describing Roman festivals. For the month of May, Flora tells how she was once the nymph Chloris, and breathes out flowers as she does so. Aroused to a fiery passion by her beauty, Zephyr, the god of the wind, follows her and forcefully takes her as his wife. Regretting his violence, he transforms her into Flora, and as a gift gives her a beautiful garden in which eternal spring reigns. Botticelli is depicting two separate moments in Ovid's narrative, the erotic pursuit of Chloris by Zephyr and her subsequent transformation into Flora. This is why the clothes of the two women, who also do not appear to notice each other, are being blown in different directions. .
Personally I like Botticelli's paintings because of their subject matter and the way that he seems to bring to life the characters. He often depicts characters from Greek mythology tales and romantics them.

Stephen Kovach said...

The twentieth century was a new and exciting time for art and a big step into the future of what the art world would consider art. I like to look at it as the first time art really start go through a major change, as I googled 20th century art and browsed through picture after picture I knew I was looking at something different. The first thing at comes to mind is the uniqueness of all the different works, no longer am I browsing through picture of angles and boring faces, the art is completely outside the box, almost to make you think for a second are you sure this is art and are people really paying in the millions to hang this stuff on their wall. Honestly I think I like it the best of everything we have looked at to date. I almost feel like maybe I could do something like this, like 20th century art gives some kind of hope to the world and redefines the word ART itself is.
Today I would like to focus my opinions specifically on an artist that caught my eye, his name is Salvador Dali, he is one of the most popular artist of this time period and almost everyone has seen his work wither or not they knew it was him or not. We are even luckily enough to have a Salvador Dali museum in St Pete, Florida even though I have never been.
Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dali was born in May of 1904 and lived a long life until 1989,he was a Spaniard, and was also skilled in other types of media for example, film, sculpting, and photography.
I would like to talk specifically about the painting he called Soldier Take Warning painted in 1942 during the Second World War. One thing Dali like to do was create paintings which would look one way at first but upon closer examination you would see that it was something completely different. That is exactly the technique he used in this painting. The first think that I like about this piece is the way he used green, you look at the painting and you see half the face of a soldier of world war two, the whole thing as a strange ghostly green tint masking everything, this solider is drawn toward a light green skull, a giant skull almost to be chasing after him as he glances over his shoulder. But wait upon a closer look what to skull is made up of is none other than two mysterious large breasted women. You can’t even see their faces. The women are pulling up their skirts, maybe they are enticing the young solider to stop at least for a second a make a decision. Either to come towards them closer and closer to darkness, are they even women at all. Should he stay in the light, will he be able to overcome the temptation of these two women. There is something not right about them and he knows it. He knows deep down inside what the right choice is, but why is it such a hard choice to make, human nature tells him otherwise.
So that is how I have interpreted the painting and who is to say that I am right wrong or any where even close to either one of those. No one really knows was going on in Dali’s head when he put that to a canvas. A popular thought is that he painted it to warn the soldiers of diseases they could get from sleeping with prostitutes while on duty overseas. Really it’s all up in the air, it could mean what every you want it to.

clalexa said...

At Monet’s funeral in 1926 his four pallbearers were an ex-Prime Minister of France, Georges Clemenceau, and the artists Bonnard, Vuillard and Roussel. Monet and his death had an international reputation, the result of nearly seven decades of almost uninterrupted production, and his oeuvre is one of the largest of any artist. When he began painting, around 1858, Delacroix and Ingres were still dominant figures in French artistic life: when he ceased, Cubism was already going out of fashion.
Monet’s principal claim to fame rest upon his role as a founder of Impressionism, and during the late 1870’s his pictures were in the forefront of avant-garde art. But he also created further shockwaves of modernity in the 1890’s with his paintings in series, which had a profound effect upon Kandinsky and others. In the last decade of his long life he once more produced a novel vision, this time with semi-abstract, dazzlingly free depictions of water lilies. Few artists have had such a sustained innovative influence.
Claude Oscar Monet was born at rue Lafitte in Paris in November 1840, but his family moved to the channel port of Le Havre when he was about six years old. Monet has a provincial middle- class upbringing that under normal circumstances would have led to his joining of the family business. By the time he was eighteen, however, he had chosen to become an artist.
Water Lilies (or Nympheas) are a series of approximately 250 oil paintings by French Impressionist Claude Monet (1840-1926). The paintings depict Monet's flower garden at Giverny and were the main focus of Monet's artistic production during the last thirty years of his life. Many of the works were painted as Monet suffered from cataracts.
When Monet embarked in the adventure of painting Water lilies he abandon the conventions of perspective and horizon, to explore space, illusion, light, meditation and reverie. It proves to be the key that unlocked the door to the world of twentieth-century art. The colors he used the shaper and space took a painterly eye and the heart of an ardent gardener to make the ordinary extraordinary. Painting and gardening were conduits of Monet’s passion for beauty which flows and reflects in his paintings. Such as the
Water-Lily Pond and Weeping Willow, (1916-19)

Miller, F. (2001). Monet. Bramley Road, London: PRC Publishing Ltd.
Sayre, H. M. (2007). A World of Art. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Kris Gusha said...

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born in Albi, Tarn in the Mid-Pyrenees region of France on November, 24 1864. He was stricken with health problems due to the inbreeding of his parents which were cousins. At the age of 13 Toulouse-Lautrec broke his left thigh bone, and then at the age of 14 broke the right bone. Due to the inbreeding of his parents his genetic disorder ceased the growth of his legs. Toulouse-Lautrec’s body continued to develop as normal but his legs did not. His mature height was 4’6” and that prevented him from participating in any of the usual activities that males were partaking in during his time.
Since Toulouse-Lautrec couldn’t participate in what was proclaimed to be normal activities of his time he turned to art. He was drawn to the Montmartre area of Paris. This area was famous for people who lived the bohemian lifestyle. During this time he gained a seat at the infamous Moulin Rouge by creating posters that were hung at the entrance and all around the cabernet. After gaining his seat, Toulouse-Lautrec would pass time laughing and drinking while he would sketch his surroundings. The morning after he would complete a sketch he would take to his studio to turn the sketches into paintings or lithographs.
Toulouse-Lautrec had many famous works come from his time in the cabernets, at the racetrack, and other bohemian hangouts. Some of his famous works were At the Moulin Rouge, The Two Girlfriends, and Woman pulling up her Stocking. During his time in the cabernet Toulouse-Lautrec developed a sever drinking problem which ultimately led to his death. He created the cocktail named “Earthquake” or “Trembiement de Terre” which was three parts absinth and three parts cognac. Toulouse-Lautrec died very young from complications of alcoholism and syphilis. Shortly before his death he was placed in a sanatorium and then released to the care of his mother at their home in Malrome. He is buried in Verdelais, Gironde a short distance from the Chateau of Malrome where he died.


Heretic with Hot Dogs said...

Albrecht Dürer was born May 21, 1471 in Imperial Free City Nüremberg, Germany, and died April 6, 1528 in the same city. He was a German painter, printmaker, draughtsman and art theorist, as well as being one of Germany’s most remembered Renaissance artists. Creator of an immense variety of work, particularly of interest are his self-portraits. We will focus ages 22, 26, and 28, the last of which we studied in class.

His work consists of altarpieces, religious works, numerous portraits and self-portraits, copper engravings, and woodcuts, for instance the Apocalypse series (1498), are more Gothic in style than the majority of his other work. Dürer had an arranged marriage to what “records” tell to be an ill-tempered woman, but no one really knows what his home life was like, even with the records. He was the son of a goldsmith, as his trade would have been expected to be. An individual thinker, it seems, seeing as he completed his first work in 1484, a year before he started to learn the trade as an apprentice. The Renaissance was a time of new ideas and a developing interest in human nature and the scientific world studies, as well as skirmishes about, no different from most other times (in respect to warfare). Dürer was inspired by Belini who some claim to see likeness in certain works.

The Self-Portraits were possibly a struggle for Dürer’s self-investigation and curious nature, as well as a message to the viewer. When one views the brushstrokes and the fine detail, there are signs of focus and mastery. The medium for the three images are oil on panel, completed 1493, 1498, and 1500, respectively, the last when he was twenty-nine. At age 22 Dürer was slight, and a bit lacking physically as it would appear, in a white blouse and green draping, complete with red cap. His long golden curls lend him almost a feminine appearance. At 26 Dürer had developed a sense of self-esteem and deep sense of human fulfillment. In this image he casts a sidelong glance towards the viewer. His dress is a cinched vest, again with a white blouse. This is a more decorated style and his floppy black and white striped cap show an elegance and style. There is a great mountain-scape painted as the window view on the upper-right hand side of the image suggesting depth, and feelings of enjoyment of the natural. Dürer makes sure to make eye contact. Finally, at 28 (finished after he turned 29), we have the image studied in class. A half-body self-portrait (as were the other works), with the view full front and direct eye connection, this is a moving piece. The black background can suggest as little as nothing necessary to put there, contrast, setting or a philosophical notion of balance and infinity. The image is seen as a Christ-like depiction, and some suggest that Dürer is insisting that talent is God given, or that we are created in God’s image and that might very well be so. Still, even if Dürer didn’t intend it, the portrait symbolizes the similarities of Man and God. The Creation religion talks about is far from what can be called the creative (creating) process.
There is a harsh cyclical conclusion to every endeavor to uncover one’s self if one feel unquestioningly bound by uninvestigated morality and behavior. I’m not sure if Dürer had this complication, although the time and place, as well as documents researched, indicate it to be likely, he still appears to me as to at least question something that way. His work depicts his emotion and mentality as he develops, becoming more comfortable with questions and perhaps even broadening the query. His style and depictions are intended more for his place and time, but that gives me my self-tainted insight to what the times were like, how they felt to see these works, perhaps with a sense of having seen them new. Dürer has a realistic style, but through his searching ways managed to lend the images a surreal sense. Not of skewing anything immediately noticeable, but subliminal, with the tiny details and how they weave.

Pioch, Nicolas. "Dürer, Albrecht". Web Museum Paris. 3/3/2009 < >.
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cb84 said...

Artists come in many forms, as Michelangelo showed, even in architect. But when you mix a man with the talent of sculpture, drawings, paintings, poetry, and architect you have the unmistakably brilliant and sometimes fascinating life of Michelangelo.

He was born in 1475. By the time Michelangelo was 16 he completed two medium sized sculptures. Michelangelo would go on to complete 30 completed and famous sculptors and 7 paintings. Although there is no precious number, when Michelangelo died in 1556 he still had a large number of sculptors and paintings incomplete.

However, The Sisteen Chapel Cieling The Sistene Chapel ceiling is perhaps the most amazing painting of all time. It was finished by Michealangelo in 1512. He worked on the painting every day. It was grueling work. He would have to climb a scaffolding and lay flat on his back 65 feet abouve the floor with paint dripping down on him. All of the scenes were based on stories of The Bible, The centerpiece, "The Creation of Adam" shows God infusing life.

Personally, I feel that this is a magnificent piece of work/art. He was inspired by the biblical aspiration. My favorite piece by He or any other artist.




Marc Kuiper said...

In Florence Italy Donato di Niccolo Bardi (also known as Donatello) was born. To this day he is considered the most influential indicidual artist of the fifteenth century.

During that time, the cultural movement Renaissance which means "rebirth" had began starting in italy in the Middle Ages and spreading throughout the rest of Europe. It was at this time the development of linear perspective in painting occured. The protrayal of the human form realistically became a milestone in this era. Through developing techniques artists were able to give painting perspective and light making it look more realistic. The rebirth was not just in art but in religion. people were coming back to the churches which is why alot of the art has a strong relativity to christianity.

Donatello learned the fundamentals of sculpting at the Stonemasons' Guild. He later became an apprentice to Lorenzo Ghiberti and worked with the master on bronze reliefs (sculting from a flat surface) of the Florentine Baptistery doors.

One of the earliest known sculptures by Donatello would be the life-sized marble David (1408) It is said to have been created to decorate pat of a Cathedral but was set up in the Palazzo Vecchio a government building as a symbol of the Florentine Republic.

Looking at this statue Donatello was very articulate when it came to detail. The posture and the facial expressions are not ones of pride as one would think. You can see the stone imbedded in goliath's well structured face. The wavy hair and crown of leaves further emphasizes the emaculate and delicate detail done by Donatello.

This is not my favorite sculpture of David but it certainly earns the most respect. Donatello shows his talents and opened doors for others to follow. The marble statue is beautiful in its mystery. This shows a new dimension of feeling on a 3d canvas. Usually extreme emotion is expelled to give a message but the subtlety in David's face has a silent scream of victory and tranquility.



Gabi said...

Cindy Sherman, an exquisite and innovative photographer gracefully intrudes into the art world of painting and sculptors with her talent to portray any character imaginable. Known for her gifted capabilities with the camera, she is able to captivate an audience’s attention by her meticulous nature, correcting minute fashionable trends that an individual might depict. She strives to keep her art unique and her ideas fresh. Letting her imagination guide her from picture to picture enables the audience to only fathom what could possibly have inspired her. Her history as a college student struggling to make ends meet, and many outside factors can be attributed to the best and worst pictures she has taken.
Born January 19, 1954 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Cindy Sherman spent the majority of her life growing up in New York. Attending film school at Buffalo State College, she sparked an interest in photography learning from her instructor Barbara Jo Revelle, who told her, “Just take pictures.” Starting off with many black and white photographs, as seen in her pictures from her Untitled Film Stills, ranging from the year 1977 to 1980, she eventually altered her photos by experimenting with colors. An important outside factor contributing to this change was the growing fashion trend of the 1980’s. Many people in everyday society started wearing the clothing style that she often portrayed herself wearing while in character for her photos. Without resistance, she changed her style by adding color to once again gain a new uniqueness to her art. She relied on her own belongings to utilize in her photos. Whether it was her bed, a friend’s pillow, or her New York apartment loft as props, she created a new identity establishing herself as a sought after photographer and director. Her first film was Office Killer in 1997-starring Jeanne Tripplehorn and Molly Ringwald-as well as appearing in John Waters’ film Pecker. Cindy Sherman was awarded for her creative work with the “Genius Award” in 1995 that grants $500,000 to important scholars in a wide range of fields.
A particular black and white photo that intrigued me was a simple snapshot of what looks like an average northern woman who occupies a cheap, haunted motel room. The lamp on the bed stand is missing its shade cover, and the walls look as if there has been water damage. Although the photo seems a bit eerie, I can’t help but notice a romantic/passionate face that Sherman’s character is displaying. It seems as if the character was lying on the bed writing a letter to her significant other whose photo is perhaps the one on the bedside table by the lamp. After noticing that, the dark shaded spot over the window does not seem like an evil ghost, but kind of an outline of a human’s face.
I noticed a constant challenge Sherman faced through her life was trying to keep her art unique. There were times when she claimed that she saw similarities in two photos which would frustrate her. An example of one extreme she went to included photos of medical dummies arranged in sexual positions which could be factored from her feeling of repetition in some of her earlier photos. I congratulate her hard work and her charisma as she strived towards the unique and new oppose to the old, for example, painting which pre-dates many historical events. I feel that her art instructor in college, Revelle, was a great inspiration to her as well. If it had not been for her professor’s encouragement, Sherman could have quite possibly found herself replicating famous paintings instead of forming her own style of art.
The Complete Untitled Film Stills: Cindy Sherman. Published by: The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, New York 10019.

Angie said...

I have chosen to write about Giorgio De Chirico's "Melancholy and Mystery of a Street."Giorgio was born in Volos which is the capital of Greece. He took his first drawing lesson with a Greek painter named Mavrudis. After his father died he moved to Germany where he attended the Academy of Fine Arts. From here he traveled to may different places including Italy and France. He made a great name for himself throughout Europe and live a rather long life. Not only did he paint, but he also wrote a novel named "Hevdomeros." His life finally came to an end, just past his 90th birthday, in Rome, where his remains are still conserved.

"Melancholy and Mystery of a Street" was done in 1914 which is one of the years that Giorio's art is best known. This is one of Giorgio's earliest surrealist masterpieces. It shows a young girl rolling a hoop in the middle of a street surrounded by what seems to be Italian type builings. It has almost an eerie feel to it, or a dreamlike look that makes the painting very interesting. You are almost scared for the child who is playing all alone in the middle of the street. But at the same time the lighting and shadowing bring a kind of peaceful look to the piece. As most surrealists, Gorgio painted this through the imagination of fantasy, dream, and or nighmare. It is questionable if this one is through dream or nighmare.

I belive that this is through nighmare myself. She is presented in the light of the painting, but there is much darkness around. There is even a shadow in the front that could appear to one as a shadow of a person learking. The sky is calm in one sense but disturbing in another. I think that this is meant to be questioned and it is really up to the viewer to decide or fanasize about this painting and decide for themself. I am disturbed myself by this painting and could only guess that he had experienced something mystifying in his life that drew his imagination into such a painting. Maybe he lost a child, maybe he lost a sister, maybe he felt insufficient as a father....? who knows but there is always secrets to everyones life that noone knows and maybe this was part of a secret of his.

Amanda B said...

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman was born January 19, 1954 in Glen Ridge, NJ. She currently lives and works in New York City. She originally started her journey through art with painting. She didn’t enjoy it very much so she took up photography. She doesn’t consider her art to be feminist but as I look at her art I am drawn into the fact that everything seems to be all related to woman’s issues.

Every picture of hers reflects a new identity taken from the mass media’s stereotyped views of a woman. She has some in the kitchen cooking, or pregnant. She seems to portray a view through woman’s eyes that possibly only a woman could understand. She attended State University College at Buffalo, N.Y., majored in art, and received a bachelor's degree in 1976.

Untitled Film Still #3 1977 is one of my favorite photos of hers. She is standing in sort of an intimate way. It is very seductive but yet she is in a kitchen, looks like doing dishes, with an apron on. It looks like she is playing the housewife role. Unfortunately too many men and women just see woman as being housewives, not Presidents or company owners.

This piece of art just captures me and doesn’t let go. It says so much! Knowing a background in her art really helps to understand where her photos come from.

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Christian said...

Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh,Pennsylvania, in 1928. After he graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology he moved to New York where he began a career as a commercial artist. During this time he became quite successful and won multiple awards from the Art Directors' Club and the American Institute for Graphic Arts. In the 1960s he went on to create some of his most famous pop culture pieces such as the Campbell's Soup Cans and his Marilyns. He also created some 16mm films that were underground classics. Warhol is known world wide as one of the leading figures in the Pop Art movement. Working out of his studio known as the Factory, he continued creating art until his death on Feb. 22, 1987.

One of Warhol's most famous pieces is his Marilyn Diptych. Which he completed in 1962 only weeks after Marilyn Monroe's suicide. This piece is a silkscreen that contains 50 images of Marilyn all from a photograph of her from the film Niagara. Half the pictures are in color the other half in black and white. This piece currently is hanging in Tate Gallery in London. This piece was named the 3rd most influential piece of modern art by a recent survey.

This piece to me is one of my biggest inspirations for my art. To me I remember the first time I saw it, how simple it seemed to me but how well known and recognizable it was. It showed me that things don't have to be complex to be great. I also really like Warhol's technique for creating this, he silkscreened multiple layers to add the bright colors. The message I get from this piece is a statement on how people look at celebrities, the right half is in black and white and looks faded like a bad photocopy which I think represents the fakeness and the darkside of being famous. While the color side represents the ritz and the glamour of being famous.

Austin Zitch said...

Jackson Pollock was born January 28th 1912 in Cody Wyoming. Pollock is most famous because of his "drip" style paintings that he made in the late forties and was very involved in the abstract expressionist movement. He married fellow artist Lee Krasner in October of 1945. Pollock did not paint like most painters too. He laid down his canvas on the floor so he could throw, drip, or pour his paint to however he felt. He was a very secluded when it came to him painting. No one was to be aloud in his studio when he painted in Springs, New York. He was an alcoholic and was usually drunk or under the influence of other drugs when he was painting. His alcohol consumption eventually lead to his death when he was killed in a single car accidenton on August 11th, 1956 at the age of 44. He was a well known artist when he was alive but became further popular from his untimely death.

Number 1 is one of my favorite paintings by Pollock. There are so many different ways that you can look at this painting, and depending on how you look at it changes what you see. His use of darker colors gives it sort of a shaded or shadow effect. It almost looks like you are looking into a forest and all the branches are blocking the view of what is beyond the wall of leaves. Everything looks like its planned out and placed there.

Jackson Pollock "One" Number 31 is similar to his famous painting 1. I really like how he used the dark paint color. It is so chaotic and out of control but everything flows together so nicely. If you just stare at his paintings it is almost like it moves. He uses a lot of dark colors but there is at least one light shade. In this painting the white paint seems to be jumping around throughout the darkness. There is no specific centerpiece in his paintings so your eyes are free to wonder around the canvas.

In my opinion Jackson Pollock was a talented artist. Many people can look at his art and see nothing but paint splatter. When I look at his paintings My mind runs free. I am able to stare off into space and see how the brush strokes are thrown across the canvas in a way that makes the painting flow. I enjoy looking at Pollocks work, and other abstract art.

alan nelson said...

Michelangelo Merisi was born September 28, 1573, in the town of Caravaggio, Italy, from which his professional name was taken. He is considered the first great artist of the Baroque style era. It is sometime hard to distinguish his religious subjects because many of his models were from the lower class of society.He also introduced chiaroscuro, dramatic light and dark effects, into his works.

Caravaggio's painting "The Calling of St. Matthew" was one of two he was contracted to decorate the Contarelli Chapel in the church of San Luigi dei Francesi. This work is a prime example of his use of dark tonalities and selective lighting. It depicts Christ and another figure in a tavern gesturing for St Matthew, originally a tax collector, to come join them. The tavern represents the dark, mundane trappings of everday life and the light represents a spiritual like quality.


The painting, to me, reminds me of when I was a kid living in Miane in a 200 year old house. My brother and I would haveto go down in the cellar to get wood for the wood stove in the winter. My brother thought it would be funny to turn the lights out on me and lock the door when I was down there. Through a small cellar window, light spilled in from the setting sun, illuminating the far end of the cellar. That was my first thought when I saw this painting.

kaleigh said...

Francisco Goya was born on March 30, 1746 in Fuendetodos, Spain. His main style of painting was Spanish Romanticism. He created many paintings that ranged from pictures of royalty to disturbing and darker figures that was named as his "black paintings". In 1786 he was appointed as the painter for Charles III and the court painter for Charles the IV in 1789.

In 1792 he became ill with cholera and a high fever and soon after was completely deaf.In 1793-1794 Goya had a mental breakdown and stopped painting for royalty and moved on to a dark form of painting which included inmates of a lunatic asylum and wounded soldiers from the War. He began painting and etching "The Disasters of War" when Napoleon invaded Spain in 1808.

His last pieces of the "Black Paintings" we brutal interpretations that we against the normal way of thinking. He depicted a painting called "Saturn Devouring One of His Sons" that showed Saturn eating his newborn son because he was afraid that his own son would supersede him.

When looking in the text to find a painter to blog about, this painting caught my eye. It is so vivid and horrifying, yet it is a work of art that is known all around the world. It is called "Saturn Devouring One of His Sons". It was originally painting on the wall of his house, but after death it was moved to a canvas and displayed in a museum.

I really like this painting because you can actually feel what the painter was trying to get across. He was so frustrated with life himself, he painted what he wanted to paint. When I look at the picture everything seems to make a statement as if he wanted to show the true feelings of Saturn. His eyes are as if he looking directly at you while he is eating another human, it is kind of scary...



Micah Olson said...

Sandro Botticelli (original name Allessandro Di Mariano Filipi) was born in Florence in the year 1945. He was an apprentice to a goldsmith and the son of a tanner. Botticelli was the youngest out of five children. He gained his name Boticelli during his time as a goldsmith apprentice from the person he was working under. His name Boticelli translates as "Little Barrel".

After some time, Sandro convinced his father that he wanted to study painting, and that he was chosen to become an apprentice by the famous painter Fra Filippo Lippi.
Lippi was well known for how he used color on church altarpieces, and helped Sandro discover a similar style to his own work. Sandro Bottelli developed tender expressions and gestures to the subject that he was painting. He also used decorative details that he learned how to use during his training. Boticelli quickly became a recognized artist by himself, and by the time he was 15, he was able to open up a workshop dedicated to his own work.

Botelli became a prodege of several members who were known as the powerful Medici Family. He painted potraits of the family, as well as many religious pictures. One of them is the famous "Adoration of the Magi." You can view the picture in this link here.

Personally, I really like Sandro's work. I think my most favorite painting of his would be "The Birth of Venus." Here's a link to the painting.

I think that this painting really captures Venus's beauty as well as her feminine side. Her presence in the painting to me comes off as a woman with much grace. Notice her facial expression in the painting as well as her trying to cover herself up. To me this was one of the biggest highlights of his work. The way that he expresses such emotion in this painting really just puts me in awe. His style of painting is just beautiful, and I wouldn't mind going to the museum in Florence sometime in my life to enjoy his paintings.


jpeterson21 said...

Upon trying to decide which artist or work of art I should choose for this assignment, I began researching for one I could relate to, I settled on Marcel Duchamp. I say settle because I do not fully understand some of his views nor do many others in my own opinion. Duchamp was a very complex man to see why you must examine his background and social upbringing. Born Henri-Robert-Marcel Duchamp on July 28, 1887 in Blainville, France. Duchamp was part of an extremely talented artistic family. His mother Lucie was a known poet and four out of six of her children with husband Eugene including Marcel were artist. Marcel Duchamp’s brothers and sisters were: Jacques Villon a painter and printmaker, Raymond Duchamp-Villon a sculptor and Suzanne Duchamp-Crotti also a painter. Being born into such a family allowed him entrance into the art word’s inner circle and gave access to see and take part in the workings thereof. I believe this is what influenced Duchamp to turn away from conventional art and the ideals it represented.
Out of these beliefs Duchamp became the lead man for the Dada movement. Dada expanded upon Futurism’s call for total elimination of tradition but, World War I had darkened it’s hope for the future. I cannot fully comprehend the writings of Duchamp and others about Dada. To me it is saying Dada is nothing but in fact it was something. I believe Duchamp did not want to do away with art, instead its boundaries to include many more forms of art not traditionally accepted. I would say he indeed achieve that goal. Examining his artwork was very interesting for me because it is definitely shocking and funny, however, it has a stroke of genius. Simply because it was accepted as art which such forms were never accepted traditionally.

Fountain is the most famous of Duchamp's so-called ready-made works of art. It was his boldest attack on convention and accepted notions of art. The original, which is now lost, consisted of a standard urinal, laid flat on its back and signed with a pseudonym or false name, R. Mutt. He entered this work into the Independents exhibition in New York and claimed it a Sculpture. This to me seemed like the biggest joke and could see the snobby artist laughing it off as worthless. That was until they were told R. Mutt was really Marcel Duchamp R. Mutt pronounced (armut) is German for poverty. I couldn’t tell you if he immediately changed anyone’s mind. He did in the long run prove his sanity and importance ultimately changing the art world for the better and for generations to come. This to me is the highest achievement for an artist. Not to just make something visibly pleasing but to change a persons thinking through an art form. Without words or writing just simply their interpretation of art. Yes I believe a common urinal did so, I laugh as I write that much like I suppose Duchamp did writing R. Mutt.

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jason simpson said...

Jason Simpson - Midterm - Wednesday, 7:00PM
“Monk by the Sea,” by Caspar David Friedrich.
My initial interest in “Monk by the Sea” started when I chose this piece for the Romanticism period on our blog. The picture attracted my attention and I wanted to dig deeper for information about the artist and what inspired him.
In reviewing Caspar’s works, I notice a dark and brooding trend. In researching his life, I became aware that he had witnessed his brother’s early untimely death. As young children, he and his brother skated on a frozen pond. His brother fell through the thin ice and into the bitter-cold water. Friedrich was unable to save his brother and watched brother die. Later in life, he often made comments about mortality and confronting death.
German Romanticism is often associated with Friedrich. The hunt for the sublime was a characteristic of this period. A sublime piece presents viewers with something vaster than themselves that emphasizes their smallness in the face of the infinite. An excellent example of this genre is “Monk by the Sea.”
During Friedrich’s life, the Enlightenment influenced him. People began shift from church to natural environments as an ideal place to commune with God. This natural movement was strong in the German region and depicted through their art, as they were closely associated to the earth through agriculture.
When I read reviews about “Monk by the Sea,” many of the reviewers use the language “cower before the storm.” To me, the piece speaks of the strength of balance and sense of the enormity of nature. The monk is poised calmly at the furthest point on the ledge of rock. He is the focal point of the painting and is surrounded by horizontal darkness. He is the only vertical in a horizontal landscape therefore he is the access point for the viewer into the sublime power of nature. The monk is also looking out. I feel the he is not look at the physical storm, but the possibilities of the universe beyond. The turbulent darkness is bordered by the solidness of stone on the bottom and the lightness of the sky on the top. In my mind, this speaks of order and how everything is in place. From this perspective the storm is as it should be and this is reflected in the calm stance of the monk.

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Chelsea Griffin said...

Aguste Renoir was born into an average middle class family on February 25th, 1841. His painting skills developed while working at a local porcelain factory where he began painting china designs. Renoir eventually came to study under Charles Gleyer in Paris. He was first recognized as an artist in 1874. He later became a prominent figure in the impressionist movement. I chose to write about Renoir because of his painting style. Many of his paintings have a truly graceful quality about them. The subjects in many of his photographs are painted in very candid poses. This lends his works to have the advantage of photography and painting. The women that he painted, often in the nude, have a innocent sensuality about them. His 'La Moulin de la Galette' is one of my favorite works. The warmth of the scene is intoxicating. The graceful brushstrokes that allow the characters to melt into their surroundings is my favorite aspect of this painting. The tranquil creams, greens, and blues are calming and a color scheme in many of his works. The painting has movement throughout, some people dancing, others talking, sitting, and eating. This frozen moment in time of happiness and leisure draws me in every time I see it, and I cannot help but feel included in the celebration. Another favorite painting of Renoir is the 'Nude in the Sun.' Painted in 1875, shortly after fame started to follow him, it is to me a signature Renoir painting. The beauty and softness of the woman, whose expression is one of contentment. The background is what drew me to this painting versus his other works. The soft swirls of blues, greens, and cream seem to give her a heavenly quality. Leaving me with the sense that the sky and earth have wrapped themselves around her. Renoir has made a lasting impression on the art world, as well as one with me.

Kimberly Nimmo said...

Annibale Carracci was born in 1560 in Bologna, Italy. He was trained by his cousin Ludovico and by his brother Agostino, who were also artists. Together they traveled all over Italy, studying art. When they returned to Bologna, the three of them opened an academy. The painting I chose to write about is the “Landscape with Flight into Egypt.” It was painted just six years before he died. In the painting, Joseph and Mary are taking baby Jesus, fleeing into Egypt away from King Herod. But ironically the landscape and scene of this painting is not Egypt. Carracci has transferred the story to a beautiful Italian setting. Unfortunately in 1605, he suffered a nearly complete mental breakdown, and four years later he died miserably, but not before having developed - with the help of his students - a final synthesis of warm, naturalistic Northern color and light with a highly abstract and classical formal vocabulary.

The painting is shaped in a half circle, giving the appearance of looking through a window. The painting is full of color, showing Mary and Joseph crossing a river. There is an Italian city in the background, surrounded by trees, animals and farmers. It has been said that Annibale Carracci developed and integrated a unique concept of naturalistic illusionism, based upon the saturated colors and atmospheric effects of light and shadow.

The Landscape with Flight into Egypt was painted for Cardinal Pietro Aldobrandini for the family chapel in his palace in Rome, later known as Palazzo Doria Pamphilj. Carracci sought for the effect of a balanced, idyllic landscape beauty, with a perfect sentimental fusion of the holy characters, their stories and the landscape.

Today this painting is housed in the Galleria Doria Pamphilj in Rome, Italy. I have not been able to find anything substantial showing how much this painting is worth today, but there are several websites where you can purchase a replica, usually for around $700 to $1000.

Personally, I think this painting is very beautiful. I was drawn to it because it was like looking through a window into an entirely different world. Italy is a very beautiful place, and to have a picture of the landscape that was captured over 400 years ago is incredible. I thought it was really neat that Carracci incorporated Jesus, Mary and Joseph into what was then a modern painting.

kalani said...

I decide to do write a about Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. I choice him for another blog also, I am just so astonished on how one painter can paint and tell as story on the celling and walls of the sistine chapel; and how he was able to well define each curvature on sculpture of David. Michelangelo was born on March 6 1475 at aprese, a village in Florentine territory, where his father, named Ludovico Buonarroti Simoni was the resident magistrate. He is the second of five brothers, and his mother passed away when he was six yrs old. His father sent him to the school of a master, Francesco Galeota from Urbino, who in that time taught grammar.He meet a boy who was about six yrs older then him, is name was Francesco Granacci, who was learning the art of painting and actually encouraged michelangelo to follow his own artistic vocation. Michelangleo at the age of thirteen decide to apprentice in the workshop of the painter Domenico Ghirlandaio. He went on to study the at the sculpture school. He also went on to study human anatomy which was forbiddened by the church.By the time michelangelo was sixteen he had produced at least two relief sculptures: the Battle of the Centaurs and the Madonna of the Stairs; both 1489-92, Casa Buonarroti, Florence. Michelangelo then went to Rome, where he was able to examine many newly unearthed classical statues and ruins. He soon produced his first large-scale sculpture, the over-life-size "Bacchus" in 1496-98, Bargello, Florence. At about the same time, Michelangelo also did the marble Pieta (1498-1500),and it still stands in its original place in Saint Peter's Basilica.The Pieta was one of the most famous work of art, he probably finished it before he was twentyfive. After returning to Florence, The high point of Michelangelo's early style is the gigantic (4.34 m/ 14.24 ft) marble David, which he produced between 1501 and 1504 and is at Accademia, Florence. Michelangelo wrote in his diaries: "When I returned to Florence, I found myself famous. The City Council asked me to carve a colossal David from a nineteen-foot block of marble -- and damaged to boot! I locked myself away in a workshop behind the cathedral, hammered and chiseled at the towering block for three long years. In spite of the opposition of a committee of fellow artists, I insisted that the figure should stand before the Palazzo Vecchio, as a symbol of our Republic. I had my way. Archways were torn down, narrow streets took forty men five days to move it. Once in place, all Florence was astounded. A civic hero, he was a warning...whoever governed Florence should govern justly and defend it bravely. Eyes watchful...the neck of a bull...hands of a killer...the body, a reservoir of energy. He stands poised to strike." In April 1508, Michelangelo was summoned back to Rome by Julius II, to produce painting of the twelve figures of apostles and some decorations on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.Michelangelo painted, between 1508 and 1512, some of the finest pictorial images of all time. On the vault of the papal chapel, he devised an intricate system of decoration that included nine scenes from the Book of Genesis, beginning with God Separating Light from Darkness and including the Creation of Adam and Eve, the Temptation and Fall of Adam and Eve, and the Flood. These centrally located narratives are surrounded by alternating images of prophets and sibyls (Libyan, Erythraean) on marble thrones, by other Old Testament subjects, and by the ancestors of Christ. Michelangelo Buonarroti died, giving himself up to God, on February 18th, 1564, by a fever. Though their are many more sculptures, poems, sonnets, architecture,freseo paintings like The last judgement, finished in 1541. The ones I listed above are among the most amazing and astonishing pieces he made in his life time. I think he was very artistict and brillant man who did not let nothing get in his way. A man who can more then one piece of art and society consider them a master piece that should say it all. He was brillant beyond belief, blessed with such a talent that he did not put waste. Like I mentioned in my other blog, the freseo painting on the sistine chapel has to one of the most extraordinary pieces of work, I love the fact that he was able to paint the old testment on walls and cellings, potray light and darkness being formed, and eve being formed from adam, and the flood, I have no words, just astonishing marvoulous work.

Zach Mays said...

Little is really known about Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch. He is estimated to have been born c.1450 based upon a self portrait drawn just before his death in 1516. His real name was Jheronimus van Aken, but he signed several of his paintings "Bosch", derived from the place he was born and spent his life,‘s-Hertogenbosch. He had painters in his immediate family and it is thought that perhaps his father or one of his uncles taught him the art. He had two brothers and a sister, and it is possible at the age of thirteen or so he might have witnessed the catastrophic fire that destroyed many homes in the city. He rose in prominece and was a sucessful painter in his lifetime, in 1488 he joined the ultraconservative religious organization called Brotherhood of Our lady. He was married in early 1480 into a wealthy family. He is recorded to have died in 1516, with a funeral mass held in his honor at The Church of Saint John on August 9th the same year.

Bosch is most famous for his tryptichs, which are painting divided into three parts, or panel paintings, often times hinged and folded. The paintings were religious themed, and where filled with often hellish, grotesque, and surreal images. Early on it was thought that his art was inspired by heresy and hermetic practice, later for amusement, it is now thought that his art expressed the popular religious notions of his day and the conservative view of the brotherhood of which he was a member. Today only twenty five surviving works are attributed to him, here is a list.

The Garden of Earthy Delights is his most famous. The outside panels which are more muted in color, show the creation of the world. The left panel shows the Garden of Eden, with Christ presenting Eve to Adam. The center panel depeicts a vast Garden filled with many scenes of nudes engaging in many form of sensual pleasure and play. The left panel depicts many horror of Hell, souls being torture and weird grotesqueries, the center of this being the "tree man", who is considered to represent the Anti-Christ.

Going off the idea that Bosch is expressing orthodox religious ideas, I would interpret the work perhaps as follows. The outer panels perhaps represent the world of creation, and either set the scene in all of human history or show the history of man both past and future, beginning with creation. The left panel represents man as he was in the Garden of Eden before the fall, while at the same time representing the possible future of the righteous in Heaven. The Middle panel shows a world of sinful and yet childish indulgence, perhaps representing the current state of men in the sinful world. The right panel represents the divine punishment of sin, as well as the future of the wicked, it also seems to sugguest perhaps the end times, with the tree man as the anti-christ. I find the painting interesting, and would like to learn more about it, and the other works of its creator. is my central source.

JaneKennedy said...

In Michelangelo’s eyes, fine art painting and sculpture merited the same status as architecture, painters and sculptors were genuine artists rather than mere decorators or stone masons. After viewing his painting, The Last Judgment, who can argue any differently? In 1508, Michelangelo started his four year mission to repaint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel of which he had been commissioned by the Pope Clement VII.

This fresco was created using a new plaster-mixture called intonaco. This enabled the painting to become more lively with its bright and intense colors. There are more than three hundred different figures in this painting. The painting is divided up into nine different panels of biblical history.Three panels give light to the creation, three to the story of Adam and Eve, and three to the story of Noah and the great flood. A very popular scence from this arrangement of illustrations is the Creation of Adam.

The most spectacular part of this painting to me is its location, a chapel. There is no better place to have such a fine and meaningful peice of art other than the sanctuary. It is an extrodinary type of beauty because rather than being fixed between four lines, it has been exploded onto the ceiling. Just imagine being in church trying hard to understand the meaning of what is being read and spoken, one can simply look up and clearly gain insight to the beauty and majesty of Christ. You can bare whitness to the happenings of time that took place so long before you. You can beg and plea to God for his grace and mercy as you see yourself as one of those whom he dooms to hell. Perhaps you can rejoice, being one of those underneath his left hand as he signals you up into eternal glory. Aside from a religious or artistic account, The Last Judgment can be bottled into a less meaningful display and still have the same power for its beauty alone. With no understanding of this painting, it can be desired for its intricate detail, illuminating color, and grandeur appeal.

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Andy Warhol (08/06/28-02/22/87) symbolized America's society through iconic and celebrated paintings. His most prestigous paintings occurred over a six year span; starting in 1962 and going until he was shot in 1968. The Campbell's Soup (first appearing in L.A. in 1962) and Marlyn Monroe are among the few that were portrayed. These paintings epitomized the ideals of Monet; another ecclectic artist. Warhol's painting is if he was changing perception through primary hues, as well as changes in light and shade. His paintings advertised the upper-echelon of America's glitz and glamour.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennslyvannia it is no wonder why Andy Warhol paints in the perspective of the urban, and pop culture manner.
I have enjoyed all of Warhol's pieces because they are works that can proudly be shown within my house, as well as be easily recognized without explanation. Eventhough the majority of Warhols' originals sell for thousands (sometimes millions)a knock-off would work for me.

Kim Fresco said...

Vincent Van Gogh was born March 30, 1853 in Zundert, the southern Netherlands. He was the son of a pastor. He died July 29, 1890, two days after he shot himself after suffering from depression.
Van Gogh's first job was at an art dealing firm but he did not like it and was dismissed. He than became a teacher in England and following that a preacher in a mining community. In 1880 he decided to become an artist and moved himself around teaching himself while his brother Theo supported him. In 1886 he met a lot of artsit and his artwork was sueded tremendously by impressionist, in this time frame he drew a lot of self portraits. In 1888 he got into it with Gauguin and threaten him with a razor but them was remorseful about it and ended up cutting off a piece of his own ear. Oviously this was a sign of his mental state. Van Gogh was in and out of mental institutions until his depression grew to be too much for him and he shot himself resulting a his death two days later.
Van gogh was not a well known artist through his life time and I believe this was one of the causes of his mental health, his depression. He only sold one piece of artwork through out his lifetime. Now Van Gogh is one of the most famous artist known to man, his work has inspired serveral artist and will continue to inspire furture artist. "Starry Night" was one of his most famous artwork. You can find this painting in alot of homes, restuarants, hotels and several other locations. In my opinion what catches the most attention is the wind. The wind is something that a person can not see, we feel it but we can not see it, in this painting Van Gogh used brush strokes to show the wind blowing and the different shades of blue emphasize the strenght of the wind. You can see how Van Gogh emphasized on mixing the color on paper. You can see how he used smaller brush strocks over the large swirls to make the impression of stars in the sky. You can also see this strocks of the brushes in the rest of the painting, in the houses and the mountain. These different strocks really make a difference in the artwork. You can see this same type of work in several of his pieces. This uniqueness stands out.
This piece of piece if art is his most famous art and a lot of people want to have this piece of art in their possesion. The original starry night is not for sell, you can find this piece of art in The Museum of Modern Art in New York, New York. I could not find what the original painting is worth but I can imagine it is worth way too for any one person to be able to afford it. On the other hand you can purchase a repolica of this wonderful piece of art work. The price would have to depend on the individual that is purchasing it. I found this artwork for a cheap as 19.95. And I can see why, this painting is wanted by every one, so they have to make it affordable for every one to be able to own it.
Van Gogh is definately my favorite artist. I've enjoy his artwork for as far as I can remember. It is because of him and his artwork that I became intrested in art. My favotate one is The Starry Night. I love how you can see the brush strokes on his paintings. I also admire how he mixes the colors to make his art. But I would have to say that the reason that I like this painting the most, is because it sudes me. I can stare at this painting for hours and I fell so relaxed, so calm. I also like this painting because you can see the gloominess in Van Gogh's heart. He crested this painting while at the Asylum at Saint-Remy, and we all know that he suffered from these great depressions. I see the depression in this painting, although I see the depression it soes not reflect depression on me. I believe he painted this so that when one looked at the painting we would not feel the way he felt.

Austin Palmisano said...

A French artist by the name of Henri Matisse was brought in to light by his consistent use of unusually bright color. His contribution as a draughtsman, printmaker, sculptor, and painter could not have been possible with out his history overall, each period of time eventually influencing and forming Matisse in to what we now know as one of the greatest artist of the 20th century. One of leading figures in the 1920s Fauve movement, creating such masteries as the Le bonheur de vivre and eventually just simply upholding the classical tradition in French painting.
The name Matisse would be difficult to recall if it wasn’t for each and every situation he encountered in his later years. From his birth to his death, every moment was a great factor in how we may see Matisse today, as one of the most recognized figure in modern art. He was born 31 December 1869 to a Henri-Emile-Benoit Matisse in Le Cateau-Cambresis, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. His parents owned a seed business in Northeastern France and as Matisse grew more mature, he traveled to Paris and eventually succeeded in the study of law, acquiring the necessary papers showing proper qualifications he landed himself a job working as a court administrator in Le Cateau-Cambresis. Aft he much a due, Matisse started to paint and in 1889 he had discovered “a kind of paradise”. 1891, he attended the Academie Julian under the apprenticeship of William-Adolphe Bourguereau (a French academic painter) and Gustave Moreau (a French symbolist painter) mostly painting still-lifes and landscapes in a traditional Flemish style used mostly around the early 15th to the 17th century. Many artists such as Chardin, Van Gogh and various Japanese arts influenced him. He eventually married the model Caroline Joblau and had a daughter, Marguerite, who was born in 1894. Every recently mentioned would come in to play developing Matisse impression as an artist.
Soon Matisse found himself involuntarily grouped in the new movement of the new century, Fauvism. The word, Les Fauves, meaning The Wild Beasts, referred to a somewhat loose grouping of artist during the early 20th century of modern art, valuing strong almost bright color over various over styles represented by Impressionism. After ten years or so, Matisse had painted various pieces and received sometimes rather harsh critism. After being deemed the Donatello among the wild beasts, he had painted his almost first success, Woman with a Hat, which was bought by Gertrude and Leo Stein. After much critism and the ending of the Fauve movement, Matisse still was not watered down. During the year 1904 Matisse met Pablo Picasso who was 12 years younger then he, regardless they became life long friends and rivals. Among there differences, Matisse painted much more nature, where Picasso painted from the imagination. They bother often-used women and still-lifes in their art. Matisse devolved various other connections including Gertrude and Leo Stein, Alice B. Toklas. After leaving his wife, undergoing a life changing medical procedure, and creating various prints of colorful print collages, Matisse died of a heart attack at the age of 84 in 1954.
A notable painting created by Henri Matisse, titled Woman with a Hat. It was created during the 1905 using various bright colored oil paints on canvas. It devastated many, both positively and negative. One could see how the critic Camille Mauclair may have described it as though “A pot of paint has been flung in the face of the public”, for at moments the bright color do become overwhelming and at the time, the fauve styling was very new and unorthodox. Also the critic Louis Vauxcelles described the work with the phrase “Donatello among the wild beasts”, which is obviously very positive. This comment may have possibly led to the eventual purchase of the paintng by Gertrude and Leo Stein, which all gave Matisse a very positive effect. The lines forming what is said to be Matisse’s wife, Amelie, are very defined and bold. This typical fauve characteristic pulls the bright color as well as the actual figure even more apparent to the viewer’s attention. Still with all this blinding color, one can not help but wonder what this lady as thinking as she sat briefly out of her day to model, it is hard to say.

shineon_crazydiamond said...

Wassily Kandinsky, the foremost pioneer of modern abstract art, was born on December 16, 1866. Throughout his life he was a painter, printmaker, and art theorist. He was born in Moscow but spent the majority of his life in Odessa, which is in modern day Ukraine. When he was of age, he enrolled at the University of Moscow where he studied law and economics and became very proficient in his profession. In the midst of his career in law, he began to take art classes which would change his perspective on life altogether. He made a move to Munich in 1896 and studied there at the Academy of Fine Arts, but moved back to Moscow in 1914 because of the outbreak of World War I. After having a difference of opinion on art theories in Moscow he moved back to Germany in 1921 and taught at the progressive Bauhaus School of Art and Architecture. Kandinsky taught there until 1933, when the Nazis closed it. He relocated to France, where he became a national citizen and consequently spent the rest of his life there. He died at Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1944 at age 78.

What could have possibly made Kandinsky give up such a promising career with a promising salary to paint pictures all day? He had an epiphany about his life that many people normally have on their dying death beds. He let his subconscious emotions about art and colors emerge and decided that he wanted to devote his life to what he really loved the most since his childhood. He was also very much influenced by witnessing the famous impressionistic paining Haystacks by Monet. He claimed that it had a powerful sense of color that was almost independent of the other objects in the painting. He was known to have said “that it was a haystack the catalogue informed me. I could not recognize it. This non-recognition was painful to me. I considered that the painter had no right to paint indistinctly. I dully felt that the object of the painting was missing. And I noticed with surprise and confusion that the picture not only gripped me, but impressed itself ineradicably on my memory. Painting took on a fairy-tale power and splendor.”

Kandinsky believed that “music is the ultimate teacher.” With this in mind, he embarked on the first of 10 Compositions. At first glance these Compositions seem just like an explosion of color, but when truly looked close upon they are so much more than that. That is why I have chosen what is considered his most famous and complex painting, Composition VII. It is said that he got his inspiration for his painting from classical music and would even get himself into a trancelike state with the record player on just so he could create his art, and I believe it! Upon first glance, it would seem to me that he painted this whilst listening to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony based upon the color patterns and designs he used. His work really speaks to me because of such a strong influence of classical music in his art. It is such a driving force behind his style and emotion that you can feel,and that just by standing next to one of his paintings you can almost hear Mahler's 5th symphony. It was like he was constantly creating a piece for Fantasia even before Walt Disney was born. Sometimes I feel that I could do this when I listen to classical music. For instance at this moment I'm listening to Dance Bacchanale from Saint-Saen's Samson and Delilah and pictures and shapes and colors are flying through my head. Kandinsky was able to master being able to put all of that on paper. That is what made him so great. He was able to take something intangible like sound and music and create what he thought it would look like visually. Upon witnessing his style, I was immediately hypnotized by his colorful and geometrical fixation. I would not mind to hang it above my bed in that I could look upon it everyday. Life it too short to not appreciate such fine things in life.

-Shannon Tierney

dpratten said...

Jackson Pollock’s unique approach to art is what has drawn my attention towards him. Paul Jackson Pollock was born January 28, 1912 and died August 11, 1956, living a short yet influential life. He was one of the most influential American painters and helped popularize the abstract expressionist movement. He was born in Cody, Wyoming and was the fifth and youngest son of LeRoy McCoy Pollock and Stella McClure Pollock. The family left Cody when Pollock was less than a year old, and he was raised in Arizona and California. Jackson’s father was a surveyor and worked on road crews at the Grand Canyon and elsewhere in the Southwest. Jackson, who sometimes joined his father on these jobs, later remarked that memories of the panoramic landscape influenced his artistic vision. During his lifetime, Pollock enjoyed considerable fame and notoriety. He died at the age of 44 in an alcohol-related, single-car crash. He had overturned his convertible, killing himself and an acquaintance and seriously injuring his other passenger.
Jackson Pollock had creatively unique style in which physical action and emotional expression achieve a beautiful balance. It is an astounding collection of color, poured, dripped, and flung on the canvas. He began painting with his canvases laid out on the studio floor, and developed what was later called his "drip" technique. The drip technique required paint with a fluid viscosity. Therefore Pollock turned to synthetic resin-based paints called alkyd enamels, at that time a novel medium. Pollock described this use of household paints, instead of artist’s paints, as "a natural growth out of a need.” Not everyone gave Jacksons’ works a big thumbs-up. An Italian writer criticized Pollock's work as "chaos--absolute lack of harmony-- complete lack of structural organization-- total absence of technique, however rudimentary-- once again, chaos." Never-the-less his paintings were ground breaking, with works such as Lavender Mist that broke the boundaries of art as people knew it at mid-century. Jackson admitted he was different, “I continue to get further away from the usual painter's tools such as easel, palette, brushes, etc. I prefer sticks, trowels, knives and dripping fluid paint or a heavy impasto with sand, broken glass or other foreign matter added.”
Now when it comes to my own opinion of the great Paul Jackson Pollock I both love and hate some of his works. I feel some of his paintings have too much going on in them, they have too many layers. For example Lavender Mist (Number 1) is one of his more famous works, but I’m not a fan. I think the colors used a too dull, there’s not enough brightness to the painting. On the other hand Blue Poles (Number 11) is one of my favorites. In this painting you can see a clear structure to the colors, and more bright colors were used. Any time Jackson’s paintings have structure and brightness it gives me an overall happiness to look at them that is when I’m his biggest fan.

vhenry said...

Central Panel of the Garden of Delights, is an extraordianary painting that includes vivid color, style, attention to contrast and is created by a great artist of the Renaissance period named Hieronymous Bosch.

Not much is known about this artist, but what little is known is fascinating in it's own right. He was born 1453 in a town called Hertogenbosch located in a north province of Holland. Much of his work was religious in nature and reflected a sign of the times for that period and region of which he lived and died. His real name was Jeroen Van Aken, and it is said that his alias and signature name it so bear the name of his native town. His genes bore a history of professional painters that passed down much of the raw talent he displayed, but it was his attention to detail and complexity of his demonic work reflecting the contrast between heaven and hell that gained him notoriety and put him in a place all of his own. He lived secluded for most of his life, until marrying a wealthy woman in 1481.

Much of Bosch's work was similar to the Christian theme of the time, but leaned toward realism which wouldn't be seen until years later. Where as with other paintings of the time period that emphasized on JESUS's suffering, Bosch's paintings appeared to focus on more on human suffering specifically through his portrayal of the demons depicted in his work. These demons sometimes were in the form of insects, other times wildlife, and yet still other times in human form but with mutations to include tree limbs, brick n mortar, and even machinery. His twist on the representation of these demons could be determined to state his link with Hell as having to do with time spent on earth and a manifest of our own man-made creations; this can be seen through his work, The Temptations of St. Anthony.

My choice of his painting, The Garden of Delights, is a good example of his use of various colors and attention to detail, but not as brooding and dark as his other work. There is large focus on the apple as an indicator of sin, but in various forms and offered to the humans in the garden from demons part animal, part machine and even part human. I picked this painting due in part to similarity in detail to another artist's work I admire who, at a later date, also emphasizes a religious theme, depicts mutations of the demons he displays, and whose creativity stands him alone from other artists of his time - Henry Darger. He, like Bosch, was also a recluse, little is known about him, and is work will be celebrated and studied for it's innovation unique stamp for years to come.

Tiffany Fancher said...

There isn’t much to say about Botticelli in his early years . In fact, his apprenticeship with Fra Filippo lippi is some of the earliest information that is known. His dad originally set him up with an apprenticeship with a goldsmith, however, his father realized he like painting more and then set him up with Fra Filippo lippi, who is one of the most admired Florentine masters. Technically, “Botticelli acquired from Lippi a repertory of types and compositions, a certain graceful fancifulness in costuming, a linear sense of form, and a partiality to certain paler hues that is still visible even after Botticelli had developed his own strong and resonant color schemes.” By 1470, Botticelli was already established in his own workshop, as well as, an independent master. He lived with his family, although never married because painting was his “love.” (

He eventually became commissioned by the Medici family. They were a wealthy family that thrived in commissioning the arts. They commissioned Primavera which became one of Botticelli’s 4 most famous works. It was completed between 1477-1478. The painting is primarily of Venus who is the Goddess of love, beauty and fertility. She stands in the center of the painting, while cupid is above her aiming his arrows of love at the Three Graces. The garden of Venus is protected on the left by the messenger of the Gods, Mercury. On the right of the painting Zephyrus is in pursuit of the nymph Chloris and Next to her walks the goddess of spring, Flora. (

I, personally, love this painting. I am drawn to the detail and the interpretations of the figures. The figures in the painting flow together and his use of color are impressive. The contrast Botticelli used with dark colors in the background and a pallet of brighter colors in the foreground. Everytime I see this picture, my eyes are glued to it. I can't help paying attention to how all of the figures, although seperate, seem to come together in one semi sybolic matherpeice.

Denada Tereziu said...

Frida Kahlo was born as Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon on July 6, 1907 in her parents house, known as la Casa Azul (The Blue House), in Coayacan, which is a small town on the outskirts of Mexico City. Frida, along with four sisters, was part Mexican and part European(Jewish and Hungarian). It seems as though Frida suffered a lot in her life, and one of the most tragic moments was when she was riding in a bus and there was an accident. She suffered many serious injuries from the accident, which was caused from an iron handrail piercing her abdomen and her uterus, which damaged her reproductive ability. The result of the accident was what made Frida start painting, mainly because she was usually bedridden for months. In addition, Frida had married Diego Rivera twice, but their marriage was unhappy because they both had fiery temperaments and many extramarital affairs. On to her paintings, many of Frida's paintings contain vibrant colours in a style that was influenced by indigenous cultures as well as by European influences that include Realism, Symbolism, and Surrealism. Many of her works are self-portraits that symbolically express her own pain and sexuality. One of her self-portraits that really amazed me was Las Dos Fridas.

In 1939, Frida completed one of her self-portraits, The Two Fridas (Las Dos Fridas). This painting depicts the traditionally Mexican minded, traditionally Mexican dressed Frida hurt and exposed, sitting next to, and holding the right hand of the strong, independent, cosmopolitan Frida, who is obviously the protector of the weaker, more traditional Frida. The painting shows the hearts of both Fridas, and the heart of the traditional Frida is cut and torn open. The main artery, which comes from the torn heart down to the right hand of the traditional Frida, is severed. She uses surgical pincers to try to stem the flow of blood, yet it continues to drip down onto her white dress, forming an expanding crimson pool. The heart of the strong Frida, however, is fully intact and is feeding lifeblood through a connecting vein to the weaker, traditional Frida. According to Kahlo, the Frida on the right is the Frida whom her husband, famous Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, had loved, and the one on the left is the rejected Frida. Also, the Frida on the right is holding a small photo of Rivera on her lap.

I personally admire Frida Kahlo and her work of art, especially through all her complications. I especially enjoy this self-portrait because it shows a lot of her emotions and says a lot about her marriage with Rivera. When looking at the painting I could tell how she was trying to show that she's connected in a couple of ways, and I could also sense unhappiness by the blood and how one heart is cut open. I really think that Frida did a great job portraying this painting because you can tell that she can be both weak and strong.

Ka$eR said...

I tried to choose a piece of art that I could relate to. After looking through Michelangelo’s work, I picked the Pieta. The word Pieta means “mercy” or “pity ” in Italian. This marble sculpture was created by Michelangelo Buonarroti when he was just 23 years old. It took him 8 years to complete and at one point had tried to destroy it. Nobody really knows why. The sculpture is now located in Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome and is encased in glass. On 5/21/72 an Australian geologist by the name of Lazlo Toth attacked the sculpture damaging it with a hammer. He claimed to be Jesus Christ. The charges against him were dismissed because he claimed to be insane at the time. This is also the only sculpture that Michelangelo ever signed. He did it because he thought someone was trying to put claim on his work.
Michelangelo was born in Caprese, Italy in 1475. When he was 12 years old he became a painter apprentice to Domenico Ghirlandajo. About a year later he began working as a sculptor when he lived with the Medici’s, an influential Italian family. Pope Julius II commissioned Michelangelo to paint the Sistine Chapel. This is his most famous work. He died in 1564 at the age of 89.
The Pieta is a marble sculpture of the Virgin Mary holding Jesus’ lifeless body in her arms after he was crucified. I find it very ironic that the triangular piece of marble was deemed as “worthless” from the quarry that gave it to Michelangelo. Mary’s face appears as very youthful but she would have been 45 – 50 years old at the time. Jesus’ body exhibits perfection when it comes to the details shown in his veins, muscles and nerves. Michelangelo had an exquisite interest in human anatomy. He actually did research with human corpses. His research is evident in the perfection of this masterpiece.
I think the Pieta is also a reflection on Michelangelo’s mother because she died at the age of 49 when he was only 5 years old. He said he made her look young because time could not mar the features of the most blessed women. It appealed to me because I was raised by my mother and although I didn’t die, there was a time in my life when I felt I was lost. The Pieta shows the love a mother has for her son and the grief she feels when she loses him. There is also a sense of peace showing because she knows that he is the son of God. This piece has a lot of significance to Christians.

alicia wykes said...

George Green was born in Portland, Oregon in 1943. He received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oregon and a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Washington, says Duley Jones gallery."George Green is a magician wielding elemental tools of bold color and potent form in the service of mystery and illusion. His work tantalizes the viewer with references to commonplaces of word working--cornices, finials, crown moldings, frames, finished blocks and spheres, a curl of planed birch so perfect as to seem idealized. These artifacts appear in the best fool-the-eye style, nested in or erupting from or otherwise punctuating unreal, even impossible spaces, some of which are realistic sea or skyscapes. It is a surreal vision, captivating at a glance, yet rewarding at closer study,” says Duley Jones gallery. I think they’re right, his use of color is amazing and the way he makes things seem as if they're jumping out at you is great, and yet he still makes it apart of the unified piece. It seems like everything has a purpose together but yet you could break up the piece of art into different sections and it would still make sense by itself. How does he get these images in his head? His work is very abstract but yet you can still see what he wants you to see and you can still make your own observations and see what you want as well. The image I have chosen is called Woman with Horns on pg. 519 fig. 750. This image is a sculpture and a painting in one. This is the first time I've seen an artist use shapes in the way he has. The painting in the corner looks like her heart, and the way he painted it looks like he’s trying to say she has a soft and beautiful heart because it’s a sunrise or sunset and the colors are soft and very calming. He uses feathers in the background to symbolize her hair etc.

Colin "Kamen Rider" Pritchard said...

Due to family emergencies, illness, and a loss of net I have not been able to submit this until today. I apologize for the tardiness in advance.

Born September 5, 1774 Caspar David Friedrich was considered one of the most important figures of the European Romantic Movement. He's known mainly for his emotionally stirring portrayals of landscapes with human figures posed in contemplation of their surroundings.

The first piece which caught my eye is entitled "Wanderer above the Sea of Fog" The well-dressed figure, with walking staff and hat doffed, after an obviously long and hard journey, looks out over the expanse of the land and with his hair tousled by the wind seems entranced and inspired by the sight of the world laid out before him. The use of scale and the obscuring of objects in the distance lends depth and weight to this piece, and reminds one of the majesty and grace of nature's beauty.

In the work "Man and Woman Contemplating the Moon" Friedrich uses dark colors to draw attention to the moon. The single opening in the trees directs your attention to the moon, which the two travelers are held transfixed by. The moon is strangely perfect, serene and bright in stark contrast to the dark and slightly disturbing forest the travelers are making their way through, as if it were a beacon of light and hope to guide their way.

A sense of loneliness can be noticed in Friedrich's works, the solo traveler atop a mountain or the pair of travelers in the woods have this distinct feeling of solitude to them. This is influenced by his real life, as family, friends and compatriots passed on he found himself growing lonely in the world. Though he died May 7, 1840, Friedrich's works of arts are still powerful to this day - the beauty of nature and mankind's awe at that beauty will remain constant throughout the ages as long as there are places of beauty to behold.

Paul Larizadeh said...

i would start by telling you when marc ecko was born but he wouldnt want it that way. he would just say people wanna know that stuff. what he does tell us is that he was born in jersey and still lives there today. i think hes an amazing artist because he takes old ideas and stories and adds a new modern political twist to them. for example if you look at his humpty suicide painting.

youll see how he makes humpty obsessed with lindsay lohan and ultimately commit suicide because he cant be with her. i think it shows our obsession with celebrities and everything thay has anything to do with them.

if you look at his cheshire tableau #1

you will see how he palys with thee cheshire cat from "Alice in Wonderland" and uses his creepy smile to show the greed in all of us. he has gold teeth, and he even has a crown made of gold. in my personal opinion mar ecko is an amazingly talented artist whos fresh ideas add to the art world in ways i havent seen yet. one could argue his similarity to the "ready made" pieces pf art by henry duchamp, but unlike him, he takes a familiar idea and completley makes it his own.