Friday, February 26, 2010
James Peale (American, 1749–1831)
Oil on canvas; 20 1/4 x 26 1/2 in. (51.4 x 67.3 cm)
Maria DeWitt Jesup Fund, 1939 (39.52)
James Peale created this still life at the peak of his career. He typically used somber colors and forms, so the lavish, vividly colored vegetables in this work make it a tour de force.
Just randomly searched the Met website and came across this one. I don't have any particular favorite artists for still life. In this piece, I see a lot of vibrant movement. It is in the way that the light plays on the coloring going from the upper part of the piece with the dark green, leafy vegetable and drawing your eye down to the lower right with the bright red (pepper?). This creates movement even in a still life, which is remarkable. Also, for some reason the tint of the green is rather unappealing, and so is the yellow. Makes me wonder if he disliked those vergetables. Hehe.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
This piece is drawn by Vincent Van Gogh and he drew this in December 1881. I don’t know the title of this piece but I chose this artwork because I personally I Van Gogh’s work and it seemed to have some elements of art that we have been learning so far.
I think he chose dark because if he chooses dark background, the object will stand out. It is interesting that the artist also used different lines and shapes within the shading. It is also interesting that he used the gradation between the left parts of the piece to the right part. It goes light to dark. He used big object in the middle and smaller objects around which is cool.
this piece is called "still life" and its by Giorgio Morandi. i chose this piece because it seemed to combine various elements of art that we have been studying. you can see in the top corners there are vertical lines of varying shades.
now that i look closer to the background i can see that there are different shapes within all the shading. they look like flowers to me, not sure though, its difficult to tell. there are even more shapes or designs in the shading closer to the bottom of the piece. very interesting idea. i wonder why morandi did this.
i especially think the contrast between the top part of the piece and the bottom part is interesting. it goes from light to dark which i think is cool. he does this as well with the two taller bottles in front of the basket. one is lighter than the other. i also find it interesting that he chose a tall and hourglass shaped bottle and have it next to another tall, but wider based bottle that is lighter in shade. then next to the basket theres a short bottle with a wide base. http://www.moma.org/collection/browse_results.php?criteria=O%3AAD%3AE%3A4079&page_number=4&template_id=1&sort_order=1
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Furthermore, the pictures were all in black and white which I found to be pretty interesting which may have been done for several reasons by the photographer. One could possibly be because he wanted everyone to look the same and color didn't matter in these pictures. In addition some of the pictures were very graphic and stimulated the viewers attention as you saw pictures of a small child with a huge tumor in his stomach. All in all I thought the museum was fairly interesting and I enjoyed strolling through it.
Additionally the expressions on the faces both of the mother and the son were intriguing because sometimes he would be happy and she would be worried, or vice versa. It's also interesting because you would not think that photojournalism can have as much of an impact as a traditional piece such as Untitled by Giacometti, but it can, because of the method used when the photographer was taking their shots. They seemed very unplanned and spur-of-the-moment but yet deep, meaningful, and well thought out. I don't even remember the storyline as clearly as I remember the emotions evoked by the mother and her son on their journey through his illness and to his death.