A PAINTED SOCIETY

As always I felt interested in how the world looked in other times, and how the society has changed though history and how other people were able to understand their realities. In this gallery, I decided reflect about the different kinds of societies showed through paintings and develop some ideas, not only about what is easy to see through a first rapid view, but also interpreting some basic principles related to shapes and colors.      

This painting by Piter Balten, depicts a scene in a small village during a wedding, in which we are able to see many people performing different actions such as eating, drinking, and taking care of the stuff involved in the celebration. Different shades of brown are the most predominant colors used, and it is easy to perceive the movement of each character. The scene is seen from an aerial perspective.
In this particular painting we are able to see a social phenomenon which tend to occur in times past, a Saint sharing his riches with the poor. I love this picture because it achieves in capturing the movement of each person, and their expressions are also well printed on canvas. The vivid red color used on the barrel of wine draws the viewer’s attention to that particular point.
This painting from the renascence, called my attention due to the range of different situations occurring at the same time in the same picture. It is painted form an aerial perspective, and the details depicted in each situation are full of movement and realism.
In this scene, as one can see in the other paintings as well, several people are shown performing daily activities of their lives, but here they happen during winter. The contrast with the snow creates a particular atmosphere, the cold colors contrast vividly with the warmth perceived from the houses and people’s garments.
Life in big cities from the old world has always been surrounded by mystery, at least for me. Both the superb usage of perspective and the incredible attention to detail allow you easily understand what is going on in this scene, which depicts with great detail what happened during the arrival of the 4th Earl of Manchester to Venice, in 1707. In general, the colors used are warm and there are some symbolic colors present as well such as bright red and yellow.
This impressionist piece of art shows one of the most important avenues in New York (The Fifth Avenue), in which a crowd is appreciated standing in the middle of the street painted in gray and blue tones. The motion given to each stroke indicates that the scene is happening during a rainy season, and at the same time gives general movement to the image.
This drawing shows one of the first images of the industrial era. The color usage and the people staring at the floor while walking makes the typical sadness provoked by grey cities easy to perceive. Besides the orthogonal lines in the landscape, the movement is easy to see in the inclined strokes that represent people walking.
This famous picture amazes for its wonderful technique, and allows the viewer to see a marvelous representation of the society in that particular time. A peaceful, quiet and neat place in which wealthy people used to enjoy their leisure time. The perspective is amazing and curiously, despite the cold colors used, makes the scene feel amazingly warm.
This picture depicts a group of people working hard in order to finish their daily job. The painting is a strong one, and a powerful first impression is provoked by the vivid red and the shockingly straight shapes. It is easy to appreciate movement in the lines and forms of the construction itself, and the diagonal shapes that represent the workers.
This is a painting which depicts loneliness, and it perhaps represents the loneliness of the current society, which dwells in big gray cities, filled with concrete. The lack of green and blues (nature) colors enhance this feeling and give a context to the only character in the scene. The big shape in the left (highway) makes a balance with the darker colors used under the bridge (left).
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