Frozen World by Matthew Brennan

I decided to choose color as a visual theme and combine nature and history as my subject inspiration. Vast landscapes of cities or mountainous regions is something I have always admired in art. Unfortunately, I haven't had the opportunity to travel to different places outside of the world, so these paintings help me gain a better understanding of different cultural places that are depicted in these paintings.   

This painting depicts a sunset in Warsaw. Bellotto shows how even an average day in the city can be gorgeous. This image reflects my theme of history and color. This painting depicts a day in 1773 with the usage of beautiful oranges to exhibit the wonderful evening. The shadows that fall on the buildings give the painting a realistic and soothing tone.
The Harvesters by Pieter Bruegel the Elder shows farmers getting ready for their harvest. This painting represents the theme of nature. The wheat and workers in the foreground compliment the hill side that is in the background. This makes the painting feel so much bigger than it actual is. Color is used a in realistic way. The wheat isn't over saturated, creating a naturalistic, and calming painting for the viewer to enjoy.
Pichincha by Frederic Edwin Church is a beautiful painting. It is sublime, allowing the viewer to absorb the grandeur that is in the work of art. A small figure on a horse is crossing the bridge in this painting. This shows the vastness in the painting and shows how little humans are compared to the spectacle that is nature. Church captures the valleys with the use of greens and blues; all of which are tinted with a stunning warm, orange color.
Asher B. Durand's The Morning of Life not only shows a beautiful morning at golden hour, but also has a symbolic representation as well. This image focuses on a mother, father and child going down a path. This path leads to a building that resembles Greek architecture. It appears to be a place of worship, so it can possibly be a resemblance to the Parthenon. The symbolism behind this painting is how a person is starting on the path of life. There are multiple children in the painting, showing how many new lives are just beginning. Durand uses vibrant and lush greens to show the freshness of the morning. He also includes soft blues for the sky, making the image emit peaceful and somber vibes.
This painting, done by Kano Hideyori is done in a much different style. The image exhibits people spending time in a garden or park area. Hideyori uses greens, blues and reds to make the image pop. The use of these colors show the viewer the most important natural features that are depicted in this painting.
Giovanni Antonio Canal paints a festive scene where people gather around to celebrate in a pier. The multiple ships create a realistic depth in the image. This historical image uses blues, and reds to depict a scene of celebration.
View from Stalheim is a fantastic image that incorporates great depth and color to show the beauty of nature. In the foreground we see tiny animals. This shows the true spectacle of nature and how tiny any living creature is compared to nature. Dahl paints a wonderful mountainous region that is topped off with a rainbow. His use of lush greens and the subtle addition of the rainbow create a feeling of awe and wonderment.
This is a wonderful painting of an autumn day. James Renwick Brevoort shows the calmness of the fall atmosphere in this image. Brevoort masterfully uses reds, yellows and greens to capture the immense beauty that is seen in autumn weather.
Filippo Gagliardi shows a carnival in Italy during the 1600's. A vibrant celebration is captured in a still image that has been frozen in time forever. To paint this historical event, Gagliardi uses vibrant reds and oranges to show the festivities that are taking place.
Claude Monet's Seashore and Cliffs of Pourville in the Morning is an excellent impressionist painting. Monet perfectly captures the beauty of the seashore with his style of painting. Monet doesn't use vibrant colors. However, his subtle use of color makes the viewer focus and appreciate where he painted the color in. Blues, greens and the sand color elevate the painting and forces the viewer absorb the natural environment even more. The viewer is able to use their imagination and sculpt their own environment from the impression that has been given.
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