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Hannah Robinson SBU This is my gallery of paintings. The paintings include Nikolay Ge's "'What is truth?' Christ and Pilate", a Neapolitan's "The Return of the Prodigal Son", Warhol's "Mother and Child", van Gogh's "Flowering plum orchard: after Hiroshige", and Monet's "The Water Lily Pond".

This painting was created by Nikolay Ge in 1890. I chose this particular piece because I find the subject matter to be very interesting. Pilate, the man on the left, played an integral role in the crucifixion of Christ, who appears on the right. Although he himself believed that Christ was not guilty of any crime, Pilate allowed Jesus to be crucified. In Ge's painting, Pilate appears to be asking Jesus a question. According to the Bible, Pilate asked Jesus if He referred to Himself as the King of the Jews. I believe this event is what Ge is portraying in this painting. Ge paints Jesus as a very sullen, slouching man who stands in the shadows. Pilate, however, is wearing lighter colored clothing and is standing in the sunlight. In my opinion, the coloring of these figures foreshadows the events that happened shortly after Jesus and Pilate spoke. Pilate tries to be a just man by allowing a crowd of people to decide who should be released from prison - Jesus or an actual murderer. The crowd, however, would prefer to crucify Jesus rather than release Him (He is painted in dark colors because His future is ominous). Even though Pilate was essentially the person to condemn Jesus to be crucified, he is painted in the sunlight because he tried to be a good, fair leader.
As with the first painting in this gallery, this Neapolitan painting (c. 1630s) depicts a scene portrayed in the Bible. This painting refers to the parable of the prodigal son. In this story, the father answers his younger son's wish and gives his son his rightful inheritance. The son then goes away and wastes all of his fortune. He eventually returns to his father's house as poor as a servant, and his father lovingly accepts him back into his home and celebrates his return. The older brother, however, thinks the fanfare is extremely unfair and unnecessary, as he remained working at his father's house during his brother's absence, yet he hasn't been rewarded for it. The subject matter of this painting is love and forgiveness. The love the father has for his son is evident in the way he is looking at his son in this painting. Even though his son ran off with his inheritance, the father forgives him and accepts him back into his home. Look at the father's face. Can you see the love he has for his son? The tattered clothing of the son shows how poor he has become, as he cannot afford to clothe himself properly. The son has realized his mistakes, and can now only hope his father accepts him back.
This painting was created by Andy Warhol in 1986. I really enjoy the colors of this painting. Although the coloring is unrealistic, the image is still very real to me. After taking a class on Native American art this past semester, I feel like I can truly connect with this piece of art. Native Americans have been treated horribly by Europeans and later by the United States government for centuries. I believe that the hardships faced by Native Americans is evident on the mother's face. She looks pensive and sad at the same time. Perhaps she is thinking about how the Native American style of living has changed during the course of her lifetime. She realizes that her son will never grow up living the way she did. Because of this, she is sorrowful.
Believe it or not, I actually learned about this van Gogh painting (c. 1887) in my class on Native American art. This painting is van Gogh's rendition of a Japanese woodblock print. The "Japanese characters" painted on the sides of the painting are van Gogh's interpretation of characters (they aren't actually real Japanese characters). In my opinion, the subject matter of this painting is about respect for other cultures. Van Gogh was very interested in traditional Japanese woodblock prints, so much so that it inspired him to paint a look-alike. Although he was not a classically Japanese-trained artist, he held respect for this culture's art and decided to show that through this painting.
This is Claude Monet's painting that he created between 1917-19. I find this painting very calming to look at. Because of the way Monet painted this work of art, there are no true lines between objects; however, when you look at the painting all at once, the lily pads and reflections on the water become evident. I think this painting really speaks to me because I have a pond in my front yard. I find it so calming to look out at during the summer. Since I've been home from school, every morning when I wake up I've been able to look out my window and watch a pair of geese raise their four goslings. It's quite beautiful when you take time to truly observe them. To me, water is very calming. Monet is able to add to the water's calming effects by not including true lines in his painting.
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