The energy depicted in the canvas of the Raft of the Medusa is the feeling of movement due to the dramatic poses contributed. Demoiselles' unpredictable pattern is the energy that animates the nude figures. The drawing of the human figures in a geometric version achieves unity by line drawing. It can be compared by the color and light defined forms seen on Theodore’s work as it relies on mostly on the use of shade. The depiction in Picasso’s work is meant to be seen as abstract imagery, as in The Raft of Medusa’s composition is constructed by two pyramid structures formed by the surviving people.
Surrealism is an art form that started in Europe in the 1920s. It was actually in response to the Dada movement, a movement founded on the general disdain for war and living conditions. Surrealism was also a protest to the current lack social and moral values, but instead of the absurd, “anti-art” works seen in Dadaism, artists were to look into their dreams and subconscious for inspiration for their work. Surrealism was initially found in poetry and writings, but soon became part of the art world as well. Many Surrealists were inspired by Sigmund Freud and his work with the subconscious mind (www.moma.org).
A Comparison of Surrealism and Pop Art A Comparison of Surrealism and Pop Art James M. Watson The Surrealist movement began in the 1920’s and was heavily influenced by the Dada movement. Andre Breton, a French poet, was the father of the movement. The war had scattered the Paris artists across Europe most of whom embraced the Dada movement as a reaction to the horrors of war. Dada artists intended for their art to offend and they were strongly entrenched in antiwar politics. 2 wiki “dada” Breton who had served in the medical corps was able to help shell shocked soldiers using Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalytic techniques.
Monet and Van Gogh chose the subject of sunflowers for two of their most famous still life paintings and even though both depict the same type of flower, their painting styles are completely different. Van Gogh was considered to be more post-impressionist than Monet. Van Gogh was also considered to be an expressionist. Van Gogh moved to France and rented a house and began panting seaside landscapes, portraits and the Sunflower series. His paintings reveal his emotions and sensations and are expressionist in nature.
In Guernica, Picasso uses a variety of visual elements to create the story depicted through his images. To begin, Picasso uses lines to outline and form the characters and objects in the painting. The use of lines in this painting also creates various textures all throughout. For example, Picasso adds texture to the painting by including hair to the figures, by adding bricks to the back wall, by adding wood grain to (what appears to be) a log, by adding tile to the floor, as well as incorporating a pattern that resembles newspaper print. This painting gives the illusion of form because it has three-dimensional aspects due to Picasso’s use of lines and shading.
Likewise, through her Untitled Film Stills series and her later Sex Pictures, Cindy Sherman has used the nature of confronting images to examine our culture and its clichés, cleverly depicting the impact of representation. Postmodernism is the late 20th century concept of art that represents a departure from modernism. It literally means ‘after modernism’ and is a reaction against the narrowness modernism had developed in to. A distinguishing characteristic of the postmodernist movement is its wit and parody, and in particular the appropriation and pastiche of past artworks. Julie Rrap has used this device to investigate the ways that the female identity has been portrayed in history.
The transition between an early modernist painting and abstract expressionists can be seen by looking at many different artists. In this essay I am going to look at work from Picasso, Gorky and Pollock to shed some light on some paintings and make the transitions more easily understood. Pablo Picasso takes abstract to the extreme in his painting “The Guitar Player”. You can barely see the figure in the artwork. He uses very little color and outlines in black.
These notions of portraiture have changed over time in many ways. Vincent Van Gogh’s 1887 Self Portrait, on the left, was painted using oil on cardboard, with visible dotted or dashed brush marks (his loved technique known as pointillism, where many small dots are applied to the canvas that blend into different hues when seen from a distance). Pablo Picasso’s Painting of Dora Maar presents his mistress posed in a large wooden chair with a small black cat. The faceted planes of her body and richly layered surface of brushstrokes impart a monumental and sculptural quality to his 1941 portrait. The brilliance of colour and the complex and dense patterning of the model’s dress creates a dramatic sense that Dora Maar is ruling this space; the simple, shallow interior space, the inclined plane of wooden floorboards, and the angles of the chair, that Picasso has arranged in a cubist manner.
It was a resentment towards the academy. It had a strong hold on the art community and controlled the failure and success of artists. Hierarchy of hanging paintings at the salon: top register- historical and religious—had moral intent. Bottom had paintings of animals and every day life. The resistance to the salon was because of the content of these paintings, artists didn’t feel they reflected reality.
John writes about how woman were painted as objects and how that changed in time. He also talks about the difference between a woman being naked and nude. After reading chapter three I believe that being nude was a form of art where woman were painted as objects and only for the pleasure of the spectator, while women painted naked was a form of art where women were seen as lovers, and not just as an object. When we think of naked we think of lust and being vulnerable. In a painting of a women the man sees her and imagines what he is capable of doing to her even if is not.