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It is an urban landscape and tells so much on what natural landscape means to a large population of people. I was struck by the use of colors, the loneliness and yet the history of what was there. I like the way he uses words and sketches to accomplish the isolation of the community/neighborhood. His use of the lines, almost like a astrological chart in the sky, along with the sketches of symbols, that look like townhouses or skyscrapers, but are really symbols that could represent different cultures.
The piece that I'm looking at is Roger and Angelica by Odilon Redon who was a French Symbolist painter in the late 1800's-early 1900's. What drew me to this piece, initally, was the vibrancy of the colors. The colors are dark and dramatic and not unlike what you would see in actual nature. Across the front of the painting is fire and smoke, created by man, which is an interesting analogy for man effect as a destructor of the natural world. When you look closer at the painting, you see a naked woman in the lower right hand corner in the midst of a fruit bearing or flowering bush.
Our theme is the natural world and Seurat's subject matter in Evening, Honfleur encompasses the natural image of the ocean meeting the shore. The medium is oil on canvas and the muted colors and soft blending give this painting a lonely feel. The lines that make up the pier draw you into the water. The vanishing point seems infinite as the view of ocean meeting the sky is also softened. The hard frame that surrounds the paiting also gives the boundries a sense of being limitless, for without the frame one could image the image to continue. The horizion line is easier to see due to the brightness more toward the middle of the painting.
Paul Gauguin's The Seed os Areoi, 1892. Oil on burlap. The painting is set in the South Pacific island of Tahiti. He uses very bold basic hues along with all of the primary colors. A woman sits with the natural world all around her. The asymmetrical painting is somewhat unrealistic, and gives the impression of peacefulness during a time of actual sickness and poverty. He incorporates many elements of landscape. Much of the lines are horizontal and verticle. The bright red ground or blanket in the lower left corner forces a balance within the painting that seeems to be more detailed on the right side. Your eyes immediately start at the the woman then are drawn around by the use of color.
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