Comparing Movements and Works of Art Essay

1209 WordsJan 24, 20155 Pages
Running head: COMPARING MOVEMENTS AND WORKS OF ART Comparing Movements and Works of Art ART 101 Dirk Diggler 23 November 2014 Comparing Movements and Works of Art L’ Apparition or the Apparition is a watercolor painting on paper, measuring 3’ 5 ¾” x 2’ 4 3/8”, it is currently housed at Musee’ du Louvre, Paris. (Moreau, G 1874-1876) The painting was done between the years of 1874 – 1876. Painted by Symbolism artist Gustave Moreau who is described by Kleiner as “an artist who gravitated towards subjects inspired by dreaming, which was remote as possible from the everyday world. He represented his subjects sumptuously, and his natural love of sensuous design led to incorporate gorgeous color, intricate line, and richly detailed shape in all his paintings.” (Kleiner, 708). This watercolor is a representation of the Symbolism movement which is described by Kleiner (pg. 873) as a late 19th century movement based on the idea that the artist was not an imitator of nature but a creator who transformed the facts of nature into a symbol of the inner experience of that fact. This can be expressed but what the artist is trying to depict, the subject of this work. The subject as described by Kleiner, is the biblical Salome (Mark 6:211-28) and the beheading of John the Baptist, at the request of Salome who was offered one wish by her stepfather King Herod after a enticing dance she performed for him. He told her he would grant her one wish not to exceed half of his kingdom, and from a whisper from her mother she requested the head of John the Baptist. The subject being all the participants and the representation of the biblical verse from Mark 6:211. The scene itself with the levitating head Of John the Baptist and King Herod sitting on his throne has great symbolism. As well as the palace they are occupying it is not representative of the typical Middle

More about Comparing Movements and Works of Art Essay

Open Document