Peter Pan

“Second to the right and straight on till morning”; this gallery is a depiction of children from various artists creating the idea that through art they will forever remain playful and frozen in time. Just like Peter Pan and the lost boys, the gallery for these children has become their Neverland a place where they will never grow up. 

In David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl’s painting, the depiction of children playing what seems to be a game of royalty is visually impacted by the use of color and shape. The use of complementary colors creates a vibrant harmony through out the piece while the use of shape creates an illusion of movement as the children play.
Color plays a huge role in contributing to the overall playfulness of the piece. Siri L. BteMd Azffri used four colors to create a color harmony. The piece is also an example of lines. The lines were a great way for the artist to establish the little girls and the role that they have in the painting. This usage in return has also helped to establish the joyous feeling.
“Children at Play in the Open” by Nicolas Lancret is a great example of how the use of analogous color and texture can express a certain mood. Lancret creates a calming mood by choosing colors that are similar. Matching that with a soft a flat texture the overall feel of the piece becomes very relaxing and soothing. If quiet enough we could possibly hear the children laughter as forever they will remain playful in the open.
Everything about Chen Wenling’s “Game” was created perfectly. The bright red color used was the first thing that as a perspective was able to concentrate on. The smooth texture and symmetry gives us that calming yet playful overall feel.
Lucas Cranach the Elder did a fine job of using Emphasis and an asymmetrically balanced composition to bring an overall harmony to the art. The color of the woman from her illuminated skin to the bright red of her dress, we can’t help but to notice her. We are also less focus on the black cloud of evil that appears outside and our mood with the vision of the children becomes soft. We are left not to believe that this woman is linked to something negative.
The silver and smooth texture of Girolamo's "Infant" creates this soft harmony. Although stuck in the same pose forever Girolamo captures the innocence illusion of the infant movements with the usage of shape.
The use of rhythm in Peter Hansen’s piece gives the illusion of movement and sustains the needed harmony to make this piece comes together. The harmony is also established by creating the proper amount of unity which also included the great use of texture.
The great detail used to capture the realism of “Children dance” is beautifully done. Hans Thoma was able to create great focus driven by spacing and Focus. There is a contrast between the children and the hills which draws our focus even more on the children.
Color and texture in “Children playing” gives the feeling of just that children playing. The color scheme is a combination of playful colors and the texture is blurred and messy. Everything about this painting matches what the painting implies.
“Children at play” by Kawanabe Kyosai is a great example of the usage of Variety and Color. We see the children engage in different activities yet there is great harmony amongst them. With the usage of complementary colors and variety, Kyosai has created an overall joyous and interactive feel in which are eyes follow from beginning to end, left to right, or right to left.
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