Thursday, September 5, 2013

Lipsticks in Piccadilly Circus, London by Claes Oldenburg (1966)

I chose this painting, Lipsticks in Piccadilly Circus, London because of how Claes Oldenburg used a familiar object (lipstick) and put it in a place completely out of context of where it would normally be by replacing a statue that is normally there in London. It also pops out to me because the colors of the lipsticks are so bright that they really pop out against the darker colors of the city in the background. Another thing that sticks out for me in this painting is the fact of how large he made the lipsticks appear compared to the background of this city which gives the painting its 3D effect. Another element he used for example is space because of how he created the objects in the background smaller appearing to make the objects look farther away. Another element he used was value where as the lipsticks are bright and light colored and the background has a little bit less color and darker with the use of shading.

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