The Art of expression by          Tia Manning

In my art gallery I will be showing pieces of artwork that are known for there unique facial expressions. All of these different artworks have a unique painting technique that makes the faces in them the center of attention. Also I will focus on the colors used in the painting that makes them stand out.

In this painting, "Terrible Totem," it shows a facial expression that is clearly very mad and disturbed. The dark colors leading into the middle of the face is what makes it even creepier. The artist, Carr, also made the darker colors sort of cross over each other to make the texture different from the rest of the painting and make the face very pronounced.
In this painting, "Holy Face," it shows the face of Jesus Christ. The artist, Gascó, made sure that the eyes of Christ were the main concentration and that all of the expressive force was focused right into the middle of the face. The colors and painting techniques bring out the intensity of the facial expression. The red and brown colors around the eye show the pain and forgiveness that Christ was giving off.
In this piece of art called "Woman's Face," the artist, Ahn Chang Hong, shows the woman in a very emotional state. The painting is mostly filled of the color blue to show the emotion that goes along with it. Apparently, this painting is a representation of the soul and shows the damage of those who vanished under the modernization and development of Korean society. The texture is very blurred in most places and grainy around the predominant facial features.
This painting, "Old's Face," along with the previous painting, "Woman's Face," were created by Ahn Chang Hong. This painting shows a little more hurtfulness than the previous one. The previous painting was of a younger woman, while this piece of artwork is of an older man. The color of this man is bluer and darker. The texture is as blurred and grainy as the previous painting. The biggest difference between the two artworks is that this one is much more angry and fed up. Around the 80s and 90s in Korea everything was changing. It was becoming more democratized. It affected the elders much more than the youth, and this painting shows it.
This work of art called, "Portrait of an elderly Man," by Josè Llaneces captures the intense expression of the model's bony and lined face. The face clearly emphasizes the expression. The texture makes the viewer focus in around the eyebrows, glasses, and eyes. The colors are very dark and all in the vicinity of reds and browns. The part that stands out is the white around the neck. Though the white stands out, it makes the viewer want to directly look up at what's attached to the white, which is the expressive face.
In the painting, "The Mask," by Frida Kahlo it shows a self portrait of Kahlo. The painting is very dark green and brown around the face, while the face is very bright orange and pink. Since the outer edge is darker and blander, it makes the viewer really focus on the face. I read that the painting is trying to show that she is looking through the eye holes of a mask that allows her to conceal her pain. It's not actually her who is crying, but the object, which is a completely different face from her own. The texture truly shows the complexity of the painting, and truly makes you think.
This painting, "Philosopher Crates," is actually not of a philosopher at all. Joseph de Ribera was going to create a political stance by making this painting. But, while making it he used a model, and just painted the model the exact way that he looked. He used the model's true expression and brought it to life. Most of the painting is very dark and mysterious, but if you take a closer look the face is more concerned than anything else. The very light color for the face is used to make the face the center of attention. The texture was normal for the early 1600's. The technique used really made the painting as expressive as Ribera wanted to be.
"Parson Weem's Fable," by Grant Wood was very controversial but showed great Patriotism in the late 1930s. The color of the painting is very vibrant which makes the painting very easy to look at. The face of George Washington is dominant and so is the face of Parson Weems. The technique for the painting is very clear and straight forward. There is no real unusual texture that makes the faces the main focus. The whole painting is the main focus, which is great and also has a huge message. "Wood shows Weems gesturing toward a six-year-old George confessing to his father with the famous phrase, 'I cannot tell a lie.' Rather than depicting young Washington, Wood borrowed the head from Gilbert Stuart’s iconic portrait of the first president, making him instantly recognizable, building on nineteenth-century beliefs that when it came to portraits of George, even if “a better likeness of him were shown to us, we should reject it."
"Yawning Man," by Pieter Bruegel shows a man yawning. The painting is very different compared to all of the other paintings I have selected. The artwork is pretty comical and doesn't really make much sense. The texture is very "old timey" and grainy, and really makes the viewer look closely at the facial expression of the man. The darker brown lines on the face really make it expressive and kind of like he's in pain.
This painting by Eustatiu Stoenescu called "Portrait of a Woman," is pretty grey and bland. The painting is very colorful and doesn't really have a clear message. The texture is pretty even and just looks like easy brush strokes. The facial expression is what is sort of troubling. The woman looks concerned or maybe even content. The viewer can make whatever they want by her facial expression. It's not very clear nor easy to figure out.
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