Flowers In A Vase Analysis

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Flowers in a Vase by Jan Brueghal is a stunning piece of artwork depicting a still life rendition of a variety of flowers in a brown vase. It is located in the Columbus Museum of Art and is an oil on panel. The artwork can be viewed from one side because it is showcased on a wall. Flowers in a Vase was created during the early 17th century and thus this time period, style, and composition had a great influence on the meaning and role of the piece.
The dominant shapes in the piece of artwork are flowers, a vase, and a surface that resembles a table. The light appears to be coming from a single direction. The artist is using dramatic lightening to exaggerate the details of the subject. The black background makes the colors of the flowers appear vivid. Lightening is coming from a singular direction. One side of the vase is lighter than the other. The dimmer portion is only a shade or two darker, so there is not too dramatic of a difference. There are also some fallen flowers in the direct light source.
The shapes of the flowers are organic, somewhat irregular compared to the vase
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This artwork took about five years to create this piece. By looking at the artwork the viewer can tell how much time and dedication the artist put into it. There is a distinct difference between the implied texture of the piece and the actual texture. The texture of the painting is smooth. The floral arrangement has fine and medium textured petals. The fine textured flowers are smaller and tend to fill in the area of space that the larger flowers do not fill. The medium textured petals are those that have ridges and do not have a smooth consistency. The irises, peonies, and lilies are of the medium texture. The painting itself is a different texture than what it is portraying. The thickness of the paint is not as heavy as what Van Gogh’s would be, but there is a slight hint of thickened