Wednesday, February 27, 2013
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.
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.
"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 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
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.
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
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
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.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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 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.
Monday, February 18, 2013
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.
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
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
Artist: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
Oil on canvas
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.