A History of Art Essay

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Unconscious of Danger by Seymour Joseph Guy Seymour Joseph Guy was born in England in 1824 and moved to New York City in 1854. He studied under Ambrosini Jerome in London, England. He was elected associate of the National Academy in 1861 and was one of the original members of the American Society of Painters in water colors in 1866. He died in 1910. He started painting portraits, and was met with success, but then he started doing genre pictures. His subjects were mostly of scenes and incidents drawn from child life. Guy used a lot of children figures in his paintings; he was interested in the education of children. His specialties were Figure, Genre, and Narrative paintings. He “created paintings that appealed to post-Civil War genteel Victorian taste,” (AskArt). Seymour’s paintings have smooth lacquered finishes because he has a careful glazing process he learned in England. The medium of Unconscious of Danger is oil on canvas and it’s a classical painting. Its content shows a young boy standing at ease on the edge of a cliff and a little girl reaching out for him. I would call this a veristic painting which is figurative. It has saturated primary colors, the girls red dress and the blue sky. There are also analogous colors, the green of the plants and the boy’s pants against the blue sky.

Vesuvius from Poillipo by Moonlight by Joseph Wright Joseph Wright was born in 1734 in England. He was primarily a landscape and portrait painter. He has been called “the first professional painter to express the spirit of the Industrial Revelation,” (Wiki). He is notable for his use of Chiaroscuro effect and for painting subjects in candle-light. Some of his paintings are considered a record of the struggle of science against religion and its values in the Age of Enlightenment. Joseph taught himself how to draw by copying prints. He studied under Thomas Hudson and was a contributor to the exhibitions of the Society of Artist. The Vesuvius from Poillipo by Moonlight primary color is blues. It’s a naturalistic landscape with an oil on canvas medium. I believe it would be considered a classical painting that is polychromatic. It has primary saturated colors and it uses renaissance space.

Zeuxis Choosing his Model for the Image of Helen From Among the Girls of Croton by Francois-Andre Vincent Francois-Andrea Vincent was born in France in 1746. His father was Francois-Elie Vincent a miniaturist. He studied under Joseph-Marie Vien. In 1768 he won Prix de Rome, which is a scholarship for art students to go to the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture. In 1790 he was appointed master of drawing to Louis XVI of France. In 1792 he became a professor at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris. Then in 1800 he married a famous painter named Adelaide Labille-Guiard. (Wiki) Vincent was a leader of the neoclassical and historical movement in French art. His work was influenced by the art of classical antiquity by the masters of the Italian High. (Wiki) The Zeuxis Choosing a Model for the Image of Helen From Among the Girls of Croton is a neoclassical painting with the medium of oil on canvas. It uses primary complementary saturated and analogues colors. It uses psychological realism, it’s realistic, and simultaneous contrast. I believe the focal point in this painting is the woman standing with nothing but a white transparent cloth around her by the canvas. The painting is full of colors and I think her lack of color is what makes her standout.

Miss Jane Mercer by Samuel Bell Waugh Samuel Bell Waugh was born in New Wilmington in 1814. He became one of the most well-known portrait painters from Philadelphia (AskArt). He was also famous for doing Italian panoramas. Among his subjects he had painted the portraits of President Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. The painting, Miss Jane Mercer, is a portrait and its medium is oil on canvas. It’s a classical piece and it uses