Critical Art Midterm Essay The main focus is a young woman in the foreground, consuming about eighty percent of the painting, demanding your attention. She wears a rich, crimson red dress that covers every part of her body except her hands and head. At the collar and wrists, white fabric shows beneath the dress. It is adorned with a bow at the neck as wide as her head and five pleats that extend from the woman’s neck to her waist. Her dark, ash brown hair is held on the top of her head with a long, handle-like clip the color of chocolate and stands out compared to her porcelain colored skin and rosy cheeks. Perched on the woman’s lap is a golden colored embroidering stand. The part that touches her thighs is as wide as a lap top and extends off the sides of her legs ever so slightly. Attached to and extending upwards from the base are two poles that hold up the embroidery frame. The way the woman’s arms are angled and the positioning of her hands on either side of the mesh and her solemn face of deep concentration both suggest she is in the middle of sewing an intricate image. The young woman sits delicately at an angle to the right edge of the painting on a simple, straight back maple wooden chair with a velvet, emerald green cushion and back rest. Behind her right shoulder is a heavy pea green curtain blocking a third of the background. To the right of the curtain is a mustard yellow wall with four paintings hanging evenly spaced at eye level. Half hidden from view by the curtain is a vase the same color as the woman’s hair clip, sitting on a shelf just below a small, oval painting. The painting directly to the right of this one is a larger rectangular painting held up by a thick, brick red frame. The next painting is a small, square one in a yellow frame that almost blends into the wall. It is being looked at by two older gentlemen, both wearing black suit jackets and smoke grey slacks. The first is of medium build and has his hands placed gingerly in his pockets; his balding head alludes to his old age. The other man is farther back in the painting but stands to the right of the first one and is larger with silver colored hair in his beard and on his head. Behind the first gentleman’s head is the final painting on the wall. It is similar size as the second one and is in an egg shell white frame. Beneath the men’s feet is a scarlet carpet that has large, violet colored designs on it. The year is 1892, Christine just finished doing her various daily duties around the house and she now has the afternoon to herself. Even though she knows exactly what she would like to do with her time, she cannot do it. As her father would say, “It is simply unacceptable for a young woman to spend her free time held up in a library somewhere reading about science and things that don’t matter.” “What does he know,” she thinks as she walks away, he only cares about the latest art form. It was two years ago that Christine found an old science book in her grandfather’s house; the thing was thousands of pages and far beyond what is supposed to be her scope of intelligence, but she’s read it multiple times already. So, instead of soaking up more knowledge as she would like to, Christine sits in her father’s gallery and works on her embroidery while her father shows an admirer his latest collection of paintings. Her mother taught her how to do this and other domestic works such as quilting and sewing years ago and she has become quite excellent at it. Although her talent has grown, her interest has not. As she is embroidering, Christine dreams of a day when she is free to do whatever it is she wants to do. She sees herself in a small home somewhere in the country, where she can’t be bothered by all the people of the city. She would spend her days in a room filled with all kinds of books, from science and history to fantasy and fiction. Her children would run and play in her large back yard and at night she would teach them everything she…
Prof. Melissa Geppert
Art History 205
March 14, 2014
The Discovery of Oil Painting
The High Renaissance is known for its spectacular works of art, such as its awe-inspiring paintings, which owe their beauty and memorability to the discovery of oil paint. This great discovery was found by the Northern European artists of the 15th century, which artists such as the workshop of the Master of Flemalle and Jan van Eyck incorporated into their most famous paintings, the Merode Altarpiece…
Art History 102
Renaissance Through Modern Art History
March 20th 2013
Jan Van Eyck’s Man in a Red Turban (Self Portrait) was painted in The Netherlands in 1433. Jan Van Eyck was the so-called "leading painter" of his day. Van Eyck was a respected working artist because of his knowledge and manipulation of oil paint. In this paper I will discuss Van Eyck’s self-portrait, his ability and influence of the oil paint and realistic view of the human expression, and also give a…
The painting; Tropical Storm with Tiger (Surprise,) was fully painted/ completed in 1891 by, the unique, Henri Rousseau. He has used a canvas board, the oil technique and his wildlife genre to create this painting, and has been done so in the style of Naïve Art (Primitivism), Rousseau's preferred and primary style.
Rousseau's piece, the Tropical Storm with Tiger
(Surprise!) is an interesting yet dull and depressing image. The colours give an anxious feeling to the painting and makes everything…
Cave art is very old, unique, and interesting but their sole purpose isn’t fully understood. There are many theories on why they were created and what they were supposed to mean Some popular theories suggest that they were created to serve as communication between different groups of people, painted for the purpose of artwork, and created as meaningful parts of religious ceremonies. I definitely feel that these artists were very skilled and very connected to what they were drawing. I…
Musée des Beaux Arts Critical Analysis
The title Musée des Beaux Arts is French for 'Museum of Fine Arts', and references the one that holds the painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus. This whole poem is built off references, Auden may be the speaker, but the poem doesn't really show his voice, only his observations, it must be in third-person. This poem also doesn't use a lot of hidden meaning, which is quite different from most popular poems. Allusions are present, some metaphors, but it's…
something else than what it already was. I also wanted to show the religious side of me in a painting. I thought the words spoke a beautiful way and illustration of this verse that’s why I and that’s how I came up with a painting instead of turning it into a poem or skit or movie.
What my text means verses the original text is I felt some things that are said are also more beautifully and meaningful to a paintings. I thought maybe it was like the saying, a picture is worth a thousand words. I think it…
When we all look at different artwork and art we may have trouble defining more than what we see. We tend to get just look at it and not see what the history means or look at all the details in the art. Beginning to read more about the different periods of art, there is much more to be learned about in art that is beyond the surface of the piece.
After the Renaissance, it was a period of expansiveness and exploration. It came in the reaction of order and restraint. The reaction had developed in…
Stephen Jarad Reed
Art History I
Museum Paper 1
There is something about “Argenteuil” that draws my attention from the other
exhibits at the Philbrook Art Museum. Perhaps it is that the name Monet seems vaguely
familiar or maybe that I have a personal love of water. Whatever the reason, his oiled
canvas depicting boats on a river is my choice for review.
Monet includes a great amount of detail in the reflections on the river and the way
that they interact with the large…
Introduction to Humanities
L’oveMARvelous Art Gallery 211
I decided to go to the L’oveMARvelous Art Gallery 211 in Kissimmee, FL. It was nice places to go to because it was in downtown Kissimmee so it had a little town feels. The art gallery was in a strip of shops which went from a law office to a thrift shop. So to me it was a little different than a normal art gallery that I have been to. Upon walking in I noticed the…
were important elements then, as they are now, and one can see this in the art that is produced. Naturally occurring altered states, such as dreaming and daydreaming, are also utilized" (Harner; Rogers). Whitley (1998) suggests that one of the functions of rock and cave image-making may have been to record the images elicited in shamanic states of consciousness. One thing can be certain: that the people who made these paintings did so because they thought that it was important to do so and that these…