Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Light Coming

 Light Coming
Georgia O'Keeffe
Watercolor on Paper

I chose this painting because I didn't necessarily like it. I thought that the simplicity of it was boring and lacked much artistic work. The blending was nicely done, but other than that, I thought that this painting did nothing to justify her work or add to her artistic portfolio.

City Square- Alberto Giacometti

"City Square"
Artist: Alberto Giacometti
Year: 1948
Location: Museum of Modern Art
Expressionist figuration
I love the awkwardness of this, how it emphasises the feeling of alienation.

Entry of Christ into Brussels by: James Ensor

Entry of Christ into Brussels by James Ensor was made in 1889. It is an oil on canvas painting. I chose this one because I liked how it was a very lively scene. He used a lot of bright and vibrant colors. I also liked how he painted so many people and made it look as if they were in a long line going out into the distance.

The Bay from L'Estaque by Cezanne

This is The Bay from L'Estaque by Cezanne. It was painted in 1886 and is oil on canvas. This can be seen at the Art Institute of Chicago. The colors are lively and appealing to the eye. I also like this because it shows the city separated from the mountains by water. It is not very detail oriented but is out together nicely. 

Gustav Klimt- Expectation

Expectation by Gustav Klimt
1905-1909 mixed media with silver and gold leaf on paper.
Originally called the dancer. The spirals are "The Tree of Life".

The House of the Hanged Man

I chose The House of the Hanged Man by Paul Cezanne 1872-1873 oil on canvas.  I chose this painting because, looking at it at first, I thought it to be very warm.  There are a lot of earth-tones.  Then, once I looked at title, it reflected the exact opposite of my first impression of the painting.

Henri Rousseau

This is a painting by Henri Rousseau and it's an oil on canvas. It's called 'Exotic Landscape' and was done in 1910. I really liked this because of the environment he created. We looked at his work last class and I wanted to view more. He has a unique style and the animals' expressions and body language seem so natural. It really looks like a scene from a jungle, so it amazes me that Rousseau never visited anywhere exotic and was still able to create this kind of art.

Mill on the Couleuvre at Pontoise by Paul Cezanne

Paul Cezanne, Mill on the Couleuvre at Pontoise. 1881, Oil on canvas.
It's a very beautiful painting, I love the coloring and style.

"Open Window" Henri Matisse

           This is a painting by Henri Matisse called "Open Window". It was completed in 1905 and is an oil on canvas. In the painting we see a view from the interior of a room. Matisse used the method of Impressionist brushwork for the elements of nature such as the potted plants. I chose this painting because I loved the colors and because I thought it was very interesting how he showed many of the brushstrokes.  

Louis Auguste Cezanne Father Of The Artist Reading L Evenement

I found this to be such a great piece by Cezanne. I loved how he was considered to be the father of modern art and he has a picture of his own father. I thought it was clever play on words. I love how the newspaper has the headlines but you can't read much else of it. I also enjoy the contrast of how large the chair is to his father. I just really enjoyed this piece.

The Circus

"The Circus" was done by Georges Seurat  from 1890-1891. This painting is oil on canvas. My favorite part of this painting is the whimsical display of the circus. Seurat likes to depict his people as delightful statuettes arranged deftly according to the artist's will. The colors compliment each other, and its evident that red and yellow are the primary colors of this piece.

The Portuguese

The Portuguese is an Oil on canvas done by Georges Braque in 1911. Braque was a cubist painter and he strongly emphasized touch and brushstroke that stood out in assertive texture and relief. In this painting he built the surface up in small loaded strokes. I enjoy this painting because of all of the texture that is visible in the painting

Charing Cross Bridge by Claude Monet

Claude Monet's Charing Cross Bridge was painting in 1900 during his London campaign. Monet captured the sights of London from the fifth-floor balcony of the Savoy Hotel. He returned in February with the compositions he has started, and by March he reported that he had at least 65 canvases completed.
The view of the Charing Cross Bridge, with its misty atmosphere and the merest suggestion of forms for the boats on the water, recalls the approach Monet took in his pioneering work, Impression Sunrise.
Monet was captivated by the London fog and depicts this is his painting here.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Elephant Celebes by Max Ernst

This is The Elephant Celebes by Max Ernst, it is an oil on canvas and was painted in 1921.  This is clearly a surrealist painting there is a lot going on here.  As I was reading on this painting it seems many people feel the painting is a depiction of Ernst's war time experience.


I chose Hagmatana I by Frank Stella.  The medium is florescent acrylic on canvas.  The size of the painting is 12 by 15 feet.   It is part of a private collection in New York.  I like this painting because it is very colorful.  I also think that it is very interesting that the canvas is not the traditional rectangular shape.  I also like that the entire painting is made out of the same shape in different sizes and colors.

Portrait of Vincent van Gogh

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec completed this Portrait of Vincent van Gogh in 1887. It was done with pastels on cardboard and is currently in the Van Gogh museum. I chose this post-impressionist work because I find it a neat look into history that one legendary artist would be doing a portrait of an even more legendary artist. Also the style is cool, because at first glance it looks really simple like it was done in by a kid in colored pencil.

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Big City- George Grosz

The Big city by George Grosz was a painting created in 1916. It was an oil on canvas painting that depicted the life of many of the major cities throughout the world during the time period. I liked this painting because it had a slightly erie touch to it showing the city in more of a manner of madness and frenzy instead of the usual majesticism behind the paintings of citys that we usually see. I also really appreciated the detail that was put into creating this painting. If you take time to examine this painting closely you will see that each face is completely different than the other in some way, giving the true feeling of distinction from one person to the next. The final peice of this painting that truly brought me in was the motion. In this painting we see people in motion bustling throughout the city streets interacting with one another. I love the way the Grosz shows the movement of each person creating an almost translucent feeling for the viewers of this magnificent work of art.

Mercury Passing Before the Sun by Giacomo Balla

This is Mercury Passing Before the Sun (1914) by Giacomo Balla, an Italian painter. He was said to be one of the founders of Futurism. Futurist was greatly interested in capturing images in motion. This painting, as the title describes, is a depiction of the sun being covered by Mercury as seen from a telescope. I love the the swirling patterns and geometric shapes. I believe the streaks of white in the upper right hand corner brilliantly illustrate the suns rays as it comes through the telescope. The colors are vibrant and beautiful. It reminds me of a kaleidoscope.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Change of view by Jean Dubuffet

This is a painting done by Jean Dubuffet in 1963. I really like this painting a lot it is oil on canvas and really stood out to me. What stood out the most is the use of shares and patterns combined with a simple color scheme. I find this painting simple yet complex at the same time, there is so much going on and within the chaos you can see figures and faces when you really look at it.

jackson pollock

Jackson Pollock's Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist) is first and foremost unique. As many critics note, it is virtually impossible to make a forgery of his work. I find his art important because of its ability to be interpreted in so many ways. The painting asks you itself: What do I mean to you?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Portrait of the Painter Paris von Gutersloh
This oil painting done on a canvas was made by Egon Schiele.  It was never completed due to his death in 1918 but still a great piece of expressionist art.  Schiele was portraying his friend as a creative mastermind.  I picked this painting because something was drawing me to it.  It is a really unique way to portray one of your friends.  It is a little creepy, yet not at the same time.  I just think its a great piece of art overall.                                                                                                      -Jamie   

Piotr - Elizabeth Peyton

Elizabeth Peyton -Piotr  1996. Oil on Canvas. 
I really loved her use of reds and browns in this piece. I really liked how the expression on his face is very plain but his positioning is very distinct. The top of the couch looks more orange to me and the bottom is more of a deeper red. It just all looks very interesting to me. 

La Semaine des quatre jeudis by Baltus

This is La Semaine des quatre jeudis by Baltus in 1949. This is an oil on canvas and is part of a private collection. The main reason I chose this painting was for the shading of lightness to darkness. Besides liking the shading, everything seemed very geometrical with a lot of square and rectangular shapes. 

572-5 Wiesental

I chose this work by Gerhard Richeter.  It is an oil on canvas.  I chose this work because I enjoyed the elements of nature.  All the green suggests growth.  Though a cloudy day, it looks like a serene and relaxing place.  The houses in the back show that there are people living here, but they did not overwhelm or ruin the nature surrounding them.

Robert Delaunay, Simultaneous Contrasts: Sun and Moon

Simultaneous Contrasts: Sun and Moon By Robert Delaunay. This is an oil on canvas painted in 1913. I really like this painting i think the combination of colors is very pretty and i like the fact that it is painted onto a circle rather then the typical square or rectangle. This painting is currently located in the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York City. What Delaunay was trying to show in this painting was the rotation of day to night.

Red Poppies

This is a painting by Vincent Van Gogh and it's called "Red Poppies". It was done in Paris in 1886 and is an oil on canvas. I chose this because it's a still life piece and I've always admired his paintings and in particular his ability to show the viewer each individual brush stroke. Even though nothing is going on and the painting its just Red Poppies, the colors and texture he uses really brings the entire piece to life. I also really like how you see the shadow from the flowers. It's not something you notice right away but if the shadowing wasn't there I don't think it would have been as successful of a piece.

The Red Tree By: Piet Mondrian

          This is a post- impressionist painting by Piet Mondrian called The Red Tree which was completed in 1910 and is an oil on canvas. This painting resides in the Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands. This was the first painting in which Mondrian implemented his color palette of red, blue, and yellow. I chose this painting because I really love how he used the colors throughout the canvas, and I also like how you are able to see some of the brush strokes throughout the tree and the ground.

Around the Fish

This is Around the Fish by Paul Klee it is an oil and tempera on canvas done in 1926.  This painting really stood out to me, I like the darkness in the colors.  The many symbols surrounding the painting show a deeper meaning behind the painting rather than just a fish on a plate.

Listening to the Living-Matta

Matta (Roberto Antonio Sebastian Matta Echaurren) Listening to the Living. Oil on canvas. MOMA.

I really liked that even though this painting was abstract, there was still dimension to it; there is a lot of movement, and it's soft.  It looks like draped material, with smoke or fog.

Mountains and Sea- Helen Frankenthaler

Title: Mountains and Sea
Artist: Helen Frankenthaler
Oil on Canvas
Year: 1952
Post-Painterly Abstraction
I really enjoy the translucent colors in this painting along with the abstractness of it.

Eugène Viollet-le-Duc

This is Eugène Viollet-le-Duc Project for a Concert Hall 1864. I like this drawing because at the time it was a design that was not in reach. In his theoretical drawing this construction was to have arcs and polygons formed by iron works columns. These formations were only created on paper because at the time it was difficult to create. This idea was ahead of his time which shows his brilliance. I like how it shows the evolution of the arc in structural design. It is a very intricate design which makes me like it even more because the detail shows how the design works as a space.


Self-portrait in a Striped T-shirt is an oil on canvas painting from 1906 by Henri Matisse. It was from his fauvism period, and is currently being held in Denmark. I chose this painting because I've always found self-portraits interesting. With his style and the strange colors it just looks really cool to me. I like how he can make a face with green and blue and it still looks right.


Oil on Canvas. It was created by Jennifer Bartlett in 1990. I choose this canvas because there is a lot going on and I did not realize there was skeleton there until I looked closely. I thought that was very creepy, but in a way this canvas was really cool. The colors and different objects in the water really made the painting stand out in my mind.

Flag-decked Boat

Flag-decked Boat is an Oil on Canvas done by Raoul Dufy in 1904. Dufy was part of the Fauvism movement. I enjoy this painting because I like the use of colors in the painting. I like how the sky is gray but has a hint of blue and I think that the colorful flags add nice coloring to the painting.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Lovers

The Lovers
Rene Magritte
1928, Oil on Canvas

I love this painting because of the mystery behind it all. It gives a soft of literal interpretation to the phrase, "love is blind." I think that his artistic ability is great, due to the richness in color, the softness and realistic nature of the cloth covering the two people's heads, and the contrast between the subjects  and the background.

Flowering Apple Tree

I chose the painting Flowering Apple Tree by Piet Mondrian.  The painting was completed in 1912.  The medium is oil on canvas.  The size is 30 ¾ inches by 41 ¾ inches.  The painting is held at the Gemeentemuseum.  I chose this painting because I like that it is simple yet complicated at the same time.  It is simple because there are only a few pale colors in this painting.  It is complicated because the curved black lines make interesting shapes.

The Street Light

"The Streetlight" was done by Giacomo Balla. Done in 1909 , it is an oil on canvas painting. Balla is known for his Futurist style, a pictorial depiction of light, movement, and speed. This painting was the first of his futurism paintings. Balla aimed to represent the most up-to-date theories on the diffusion of light. I liked the use of color to represent how the light glows. The contrast of the dark border and the light in the center creates the idea that the streetlight is the subject.

Siblings by: Paul Klee

This painting is called Siblings and was made by Paul Klee in 1930. It is oil on canvas. I chose this painting because even though it looks very simple, to me it has a lot of meaning. It looks like two stick people that are interwoven and share one heart. Since the title of the painting is "Siblings" I feel like it shows how important family is to Klee.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Observatory Time The Lovers- Man Ray

Man Ray
Observatory Time The Lovers
I chose this peice by Man Ray because I found it really interesting how it was made. The Model below is actually a real person taken in one of Man Ray's photographs for a fashion magazine. After taking the photo of the model he combined his photography skills with his skills of painting by creating a surrealist landscape with a giant pair of lips floating in the distant sky. I chose this painting because I have always been a huge fan of surrealism. Surrealism is the great because it allows you to imagine what the world would be like if things were jumbled and different. This photo/ painting is great because it shows surrealism at is finest. The way man ray painted the lips truly pops out at the audience, and the model laying below gives and elgant, lushes, and sensual feel to a great, yet bizzare world of imagination that is created in Observatory Time The Lovers. Art work such as this also set a precident for more art similar to this combining photo's and paintings such as many artists in modern art such as Andy warhol.

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère by Edouard Monet

This is A Bar at the Folies-Bergère by Edouard Monet. It is and oil on canvas painting made in 1882 in Paris, France. You can easily tell that the woman at the center of the painting is the bar tender from the way she is positioned behind the bar. The counter top is very realistic. I reminded me of marble. The mirror behind the woman is what I find to be the most intricate part of the painting. it show the woman point of view. All the blurred images come together to show that the bar is packed with people. I like how all the faces of the people in the painting are out of focus except for the bar tenders. The man in the corner she seems to be talking to also has a blurry face even though he is closer to the mirror that the other people in the painting. Another thing that I find interesting about this painting is that the bar tender doesn't seem to be very happy. She facial expression gives off a feeling of detachment.  Maybe she was daydreaming or maybe she would much rather be a customer than a worker at the bar.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

the lovers

Rene Margrette's The Lovers struck me as not only aesthetically pleasing, but emotionally telling. The couple's masks literally presents the idea of never really knowing anybody. He or she whom you love can never truly reveal themselves completely, and this piece, though also beautifully painted, is a striking example of humanity.

Oil on Canvas

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Self-Portrait With Model- Ernst Ludwig Kirchner

Title: Self- Portrait with Model
Artist: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Oil on canvas
German Expressionism
I love how brilliantly colored this piece of art work is.  Originally this was not my first choice, Two Women at a Bar was, however it was already taken.

Three Flags by Jasper Johns

This is Three Flags by Jasper Johns painted in 1958. It is encaustic on canvas and can be seen in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. It has been said that this was the transition into Pop Art. There is more depth to this picture than just a flag. Johns served for two years in the Korean War and believe he was trying to paint something that people would notice rather than an ordinary flag.  I consider myself to be patriotic so when I was looking up art work Johns flag struck my eye. 

Portrait of Ambroise Vollard by: Picasso

I chose Portrait of Ambroise Vollard by Picasso. Vollard was a very big influence on Picasso's work. This is an oil on canvas painting from 1910. I thought it was very intriguing how he combined different shapes to create the portrait. Vollard's entire face is made up of  squares, rectangles and abstract shapes. I also really liked the way Picasso blended the colors together.

The Harlequin's Carnival by Joan Miro

Joan Miro was a well known Spanish Catalan painter, sculptor, and ceramist. This is his painting entitled The Harlequin's Carnival. It was done on canvas with oil paint in 1924 to 1925. I like it mostly because there is just so much to look at. Every structure within the painting resembles something like an animal. Personally, I can see flies, fish, chickens and even mermaids. It gives me the impression of a toy maker"s workshop. The table in the corner could be where the toy maker builds his toys. On the table seems to be the makings of a new toy but I don't believe it is finished.

Giacomo Balla- The Streetlight

The Streetlight
This is oil on canvas. it was done in 1909 by Giacomo Balla. I chose this because I like how it showed the colors that lights give off at night. It depicted the fog around lights in the dark.

A Sure Shot by John George Brown

This is by John George Brown in 1875 with the medium of oil on canvas. It's currently in the Brooklyn Museum.I enjoyed this piece because I thought his eye for the light shadows was spectacular. I also enjoyed the very serious expressions on the childrens faces. They look very into the shot. I loved the landscape in the background as well. I just really loved how real this looked.

Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2

I chose the painting Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2 by Marcel Duschamp.  The painting was done in 1912.  The medium is oil on canvas.  The size of the painting is 4’10” by 2’11´.  It is located in the Philadelphia Museum of Modern Art.  I like how abstract this painting is.  I probably would not be able to understand what the painting is trying to portray without the title.  I think this piece is so much better than the fountain (ready-made urinal).

The tempest/ Oskar Kokoschka

The tempest by Oskar Kokoschka is an oil on canvas done in 1914. This painting drew my attention my the softness of the brushstrokes, and how different the man and the woman look from each other. The woman is done with a lot of detail and she looks realistic. The man on the other hand, is rough and looks almost dead or like a ghost. The image is thought provoking in that the viewer wonders what the relationship is, and why is has a sad and lonely feel to it.

Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol

I chose this picture because i am a huge fan of marilyn monroe. I also really enjoy this form of art, i find it interesting how a person can take an existing photo and completely transform it. I like how he added color to make the picture come alive and make it pop. This picture is made of Silkscreen ink on synthetic polymer on canvas. This picture was made after Marilyn Monroe committed suicide.