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The time period does not reflect on this painting I feel that the colours and the shading represent simplicity and happiness. I think the artist was very pleased with her life . I think that the artist was trying to show the simple things in life and make them stand out. The simplicity of it all is really shown throughout her style. This typically takes simple every day objects and puts bright colours together to make it upbeat looking. That is displayed very well in this piece. I chose to add this piece because of it's simplicity, it seems detailed with the shading but the object is quite simple.
This painting stands out, but not because of bright striking colours, but because of the bananas in the piece. Very few paintings have bananas in them, so it makes this stand out. The artist's history in art is taking a very striking object and toning it down with it's colours and shading. This is exactly what Botero does in this piece. He takes a object (banana) and instead of making it bright and vibrant in colours it takes very warm colours and tones the painting down, but still keeping it very striking. The yellow and brown go very well together creating a warm feeling in this painting. The slight differences in the yellow in the banana and the wall behind makes it even more calm. The artist demonstrates this through almost all of his art, creating a striking piece with very warm, soothing colours. I chose this piece of art because it really popped out at me, having bunches of bananas stands out quite a lot.
Viva la vida was Kahol's last piece before she died, the translation for Viva la vida is "long live the life" . The translation shows that Frida was thinking about all of the good memories in her lifetime. When Frida added these words she realized how much she treasured her life and how much she did not want to leave. The fruit did not have much meaning behind it, the main "striking" part of this piece that represents Frida is Viva la vida written in the middle. The last decade of her life was all enjoyment. I think that this is strongly demonstrated in this piece, the colours are all bright and happy. It makes people happy to look at it, happiness and content are strongly shown through this piece. I chose this piece because I love watermelon and we had just finished learning about Kahol and her life and art, and I think that it is a great example of still life.
Soon after Vincent van Gogh moved to Paris he decided to start painting still life. Van Gogh had a goal to paint " intense coloration, not gray harmony" . When he first started still life it was gray, but slowly he began to add colour and I think that he painted this piece around the middle of when he was transitioning his colour schemes. Most of his painting consists of gray or gray-like colours. But you can also see brighter colours coming through. The brighter colours accent the darker and it creates a very even piece of art. I think the lines in this piece are to make each shape stand out, because of the opposite direction that the lines are going it makes each shape apear individual, which makes it stand out. I chose this piece for my museum because I wanted at least one piece of art by van Gogh, because he is truely such a amazing artist and this piece stands out because of the use of lines.
Rousseau traveled and lived in many places in his life. In his later career he became a architect and I think that his travels and architect work is shown in this piece. The detail in the building's structure is so precise, only someone with background with buildings and architecture. The colours are very light and they make the painting "foggy" . I think these colours are colours that Rousseau had seen on all of his travels. Rousseau was very famous for his sunsets, the strong blues, oranes, and yellows. I think that the colours in the sunset "rubbed off" onto his painting. Most of the colours in this piece are shades of yellow and orange, the same colours Rousseau uses for his sunsets. I chose tjis piece because of it's use of colours. The colours are quite striking, with the foggy feeling.
Kalf's style had always been still life. All of his paintings included the same things repeatedly: Gold or silver goblet, pitchers, bowls, black background, and fruit. All of these items made his artwork more known. This piece is like many others of his. The black background is for contrast, and Kalf liked test and demonstrate how light shines or reflects off things. This painting shows this strongly. In this era, this type of art was sold for very high prices, but Kalf did not paint for money, he painted to try different techniques. This is shown greatly in this piece. On the silver jug you can see that Kalf is showing light somewhere and it is being reflected. Even the fruit has some reflection on it. This piece is like many others by this artist, it is very recognizable. I chose this piece because of it's visual impact with the shine on the metal and the black background creating such a contrast. It has such dark colours but still appears so striking.
This painting has a very happy feeling to it, this is because of the colour schemes. Renoir has a style with lots of bright colours in it. I think that if this painting were made for a specific day, it would have to be a very special, happy day. The flowers add a special feeling or glow to the painting with the colours he used. It looks like there is a window to the left reflecting light into the room. Renoir 's paintings mostly had yellow, to represent happiness. The happy feeling made me choose this piece of art. The lighting grabbed my attention because of the bright yellow.
This painting is very gloomy and sad looking. I think that the artist was trying to down-grade simple everyday objects. At the top of the painting you can see that it is much more light than the bottom. I think that the artist is possibly trying to represent morning , with sunrise. In this time period (1870-1900) still life was very popular. Each artist had their own style; some bright colours, some had different techniques. But Silva did dark and light paintings. The glow on the vegetables are very obvious, creating contrast with the left side and the dark side. For this piece I do not have any particular reason for my choosing. I think that the light on one side and none of the other is possibly a reason, the photo just seemed right to add.
Cézanne had a very different approach to still life, his colours were always very bold and dense. This is the main aspect in this piece the dense colours. Again with this still life the shading has a large impact on this. The middle of this painting is very light, but the sides are dark creating another contrast. Cézanne made two things stand out in this painting; a green jug and apples. I think that he did that because he did not want one big, bright, vibrant object in this piece. But two more simple items. This piece was also paintedin the time period that still life was very popular. He made his pieces stand out with the blue and greens in each piece. I strongly thinl that the blue and green made me choose this piece of art for the still life. It makes it look so calm and still, not jumpy or shocking.
Good Luck-Pomegranates on the Table No. 2 was painted in 2010, right when the world was becoming more modern. The colours and shading is all bright and have a very crisp feel. This makes the art feel very energetic and upbeat and I think that that is what the artist was feeling at the time. It is a simple object but with the colours and the background it makes it look more complex. The clean white sheet also adds a crisp look to it. It looks like it is next to a window, and there is sun shining through. The presence of the energy through this art made me choose it. It makes such a good example of still life with the crisp white sheet and the intense bright red.
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