Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Poppies near Argenteuil

For our final blog, I chose to discuss one of my favorite artist, Claude Monet. This painting is called Poppies near Argenteuil, 1873, oil on canvas. First of all, the colors are stunning. The red of the poppies against the green of the field are complementary colors and work together to make each other appear brighter. The sky is perfectly blue and overall, the painting was created with very soft brush strokes, and gives the image a very serene feel. To be the women out in the filed with her child, seems like the perfect way to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon in France. Flawless!
This is by artist Bryan Lewis Saunders He conducted a very cool experiment over the course of 45 days he took different drugs and each day he would make a new self portrait the top one is done on abilify and the bottom on huffing lighter fluid please enjoy caution we do not endorse a lot of drug use but some never hurt

Friday, November 22, 2013

The Annunication, with St. Emidius

Carlo Crivelli composed The Annunciation, with St. Emidius in 1480 with the use of egg and oil on wood. This painting is a good example of one-point perspective since there is one vanishing point. In this painting, St. Emidus, Ascoli's patron saint, is carrying a model of the town. News that the pope  had granted Ascoli self-government had reached the town on the feast of the Annunciation. I like this painting because there is so much going on and so much detail out into it. There are a lot of objects I hadn't noticed the first time I had looked at it, such as the finch in the bird cage on the top right, and the small child towards the left of the painting. I really like the colors he used and how he was able to make such a life-like peacock as well. 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Majestic Peaks

This painting is called Majestic Peaks, it is by artist/ T.V personality Bob Ross.  I like Bob Ross because he comes from a military background and yet he is so relaxed on T.V. He was the host of "The Joy of Painting from 1983-1994.  Landscapes are one of my favorite types of paintings and I think Ross did a great job on them. Most of his landscapes come from scenic Alaska, which helps, because Alaska's views are some of the most beautiful in America.

Self portrait - Rothko

I chose this picture because I liked the unique way he did a portrait. His usage of  color is really interesting as well as all the layers of color . The way he did the eyes was also very interesting because they're  the least realistic part. 


Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening
Salvador Dali
Oil on canvas

This long titled painting is shortened to Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee. If I could rename this rather long-titled piece, I would change it to Acid Trip. There are so many different things going on in this painting. Theres an open pomegranate with a fish coming out of it. That fish is eating a tiger. That tiger's friend is jumping at a gun that is about to be stabbed into the floating woman on an edge. And then there is a random long legged elephant sailboat in the background? I'm confused, but everything is very well done. Although I am thoroughly tripped out by this painting, I enjoy it and find it insanely interesting. 

Telephone Booths

Richard Estes, Telephone Booths, 1968, oil on canvas

I just found this painting, as well as other paintings by Estes mesmerizing. He is a photo realist painter, so absolutely everything he paints looks so incredibly real that a person would think it's a photograph. He also has many paintings of the subway (which were rather tricky to find online). My favorite part about this one was how strong the reflections are.

Self-Portrait (The Man with the Pipe)

I chose Self Portrait (The Man with the Pipe), 1849, by Gustave Courbet because i really liked the use of his shading. Using the lighter values for his face and the pipe made it stick out and i thought it was great. Overall, knowing that he did this piece shading with chalk was awesome and it made me interested to look at his other works.


This week I chose Vincent Van Gogh's famous Sunflowers, 1888. Oil on canvas. I've always loved this painting and it just dawned on me that I should blog about it! I enjoy how the whole painting uses different shades of gold and yellow, and the texture that comes from the thick impasto. I also never realized the vase has "Vincent" written across it, very cool!

Sam Taylor Wood

This is Sam Taylor Woods' XV Seconds, done in 2000.  It is the installation for the facade of Selfridges in London.  This piece of work was said to be "the worlds largest photograph."  I chose to use it for my blog because I really liked how there is this focal point in the picture.  As an observer it allows you to easily view what the artist was trying to emphasize or show.  I also found this picture an interesting work of realism.  I appreciate the realistic qualities to pictures and that is why I found this photograph stimulating.  The timing of the photograph impacts the outcome.  If the photo was taken during the day then there would not be individual lights on the building to emphasize its beauty.  This was clever on the artists' part.  It is amazing to think that the time of day could have changed the complete outcome of the picture.

The Wanderer above the Mist

Caspar David Friedrich
I chose this painting this week because I didn't know this painting even existed until this week. I like the use of the foreground and the background and how the main subject is clearer than the background. I also like the use of more earth colors and neutral colors. It has sort of a muted tone and its one of those paintings that makes you appreciate the whole work. I also like how its like we are almost standing behind, so the point of view is really interesting.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Autumn Landscape with a View of Het Steen in the Early Morning- Peter Paul Rubens

The painting, "Autumn Landscape with a View of Het Steen in the Early Morning" by Peter Paul Rubens, shows a scene of the fall. I admire the painting because I like the way the rising sun lights up the front of the house and the cart. Every piece of nature, the animals, and the humans are depicted so accurately.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Old King

The Old King

Georges Rouault worked as part of the fauves movement for a brief time and has characteristics such as expressive brushwork and glowing color. Rouault's' difference from the fauvists were that he painted canvases that were filled with pain and suffering. As a youth Rouault apprenticed with a stained glass maker. His works often were characterized by outlines in black, similar to stained glass windows. I like this painting because it reminds me of stained glass and I think that the black lines make a statement.

The Haywain

John Constable
Oil on canvas

Known as Constable's "most famous image," I found this painting to be beautiful at first glance. I love how he avoided using extremely bright colors, focusing specifically on earth tones to really capture the time of day while giving it a very realistic look. Here, Constable uses accents of red to introduce balance and color throughout this predominantly green landscape. Whether looking at the center of the image or the outer edges, you will see and appreciate Constable's great detail.

L'Estaque by Cezanne

This is L'Estaque by Paul Cezanne. This was painted from 1879 to 1883 and is an oil on canvas. I chose this painting for a few reasons. Cezanne has painted multiple views of this but I just noticed this view. His others views are much warmer. This painting has more cooler colors. But I also like the lack of defined structure.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Aubrey Beardsley, Oscar Wilde's Salome

I liked this picture because I have never seen anything like it before. It reminds me of an Alice in Wonderland kind of picture. It is actually Oscar Wilde's play Salome that was originally published in French in 1893, that is the reason why the quote on the flier is in French. The saying on the picture says, "I kiss your lips Jonathan." There is also blood dripping down from the of what looks like a man's head and a woman is holding up the head to kiss it. It looks as if she had to kill in order to kiss this man that she is holding. Also it looks as if the head is connected to the flower that is below it. This is his original photo and the next photo that he made that is identical has got green water colors incorporated into it.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

This is Ascension by Salvador Dali this was done inn 1958. I think it is a very interesting piece of art. I think it is a different take on spirituality aside from that it is beautiful. please note how the face of what usually would represent a mysterious god is the face of a woman. How the body is painted in a cross position and how the hands cry out power I think it is very entertaining defiantly a great Dali

Cossacks by Kandinsky

With all of our recent talk about color, I decided to pick this painting for this weeks blog. I found this painting very interesting and really like the choice of color used. To me this painting looks somewhat like an abstract landscape or scene, I just thought it was different and cool. I like the use of primary colors
This painting by Chuck Close really shows how was/is a master of color. there are so many colors used in the different parts of the painting, but you can still tell what the original color should be. For example, you can tell that the child is wearing a red and white striped shirt, but there are many other different colors used besides red and white. This is especially when he paints skin tones, adding greens, blues, and purples to make one tone from a distance.

"Beach at Pourville" by Claude Monet in 1882

I chose this painting (oil on canvas) by Claude Monet because the colors of the sea and sky stuck out to me. I love how he blended the blues and greens together for closer up to the shore and I love how the sky has a smudgy look of blue and white but still looks like beautiful clouds. I also saw that this painting was stolen from its place in Poland being worth $1 million at the time of its theft and was recently found in 2010, 10 years after it was stolen which was very interesting to me.

Church of Sagrada Familia Antoni Gaudi

I admire this picture by Antonio Gaudi because it captures a piece of landscape that comes together so wonderfully since it is so complex. There are almost no smooth surfaces, with every piece being covered with intricate carvings. Each part of the cathedral portrays elements of art with the mosaic facing and the cliff-like facades.

Still Life with Skull

Paul Cezanne
Still Life with Skull

I choose this painting because I like Cezanne's style. I think the contrast between the warm colors in the front and the dark background make an interesting composition. I also like the white sheet in the corner, it draws the eye in and looks very realistic. I like the brushstrokes that Cezanne uses and the different shades of dark in the background.  I also really enjoy that he uses a skull among the fruit. I think it juxtaposes the ideas of life with the fruit and death with the skull.

Paul Cezanne, Still-Life with Apples, Bottle, Glass, and Chair

I chose to analyze Paul Cezanne's Still-Life with Apples, Bottle, Glass, and Chair, completed between 1904 and 1906.  The picture is graphite and water color on paper.  It portrays these" imaginary lines' or lines that should form an outline, but do not join up.  Cezanne successfully displays implied lines and makes the brains of those who look at the picture join the lines and fill in the gaps.  It chose this picture for that very reason.  It amazed me how a painter could create something that makes the interpreter "fill in the gaps" and join the lines.  Cezanne uses soft edges to help connect the objects in the picture.  Value is another element used in the picture.  Darker colors are used to show shadows on the table.

Light and Colour-The Morning After the Deluge

Light and Colour-The Morning After the Deluge was an oil on canvas composed in Tate London by J.M.W. Turner. He uses a contrast between warm and cool colors and their emotional associations by putting ideas of Goethe's color theory into use. The image shows the warm side while also celebrating God's covenant with man after the flood. I like that each color is used with an underlying reason; each color is set to represent a certain emotion (red, orange, yellow, and brown hues are warm-cheerfulness, excitement, aggression; blues, greens and grays are cool-security, calm, peace, sadness).

Big Self-Portrait Chuck Close

This painting was made in 1967-1968. It is Acrylic on canvas. What amazed me about this painting was that it looks like a photograph. I was also amazed by all the shadows and shading that he did. It looks so real.

marlyin monroe

The painting above is created by andy warhol. It was developed after the death of marlyin monroe. The painting is in black and white and in color to tell the story of the celebrity's life and death.