The Birth of A new life

In this gallery, the overarching theme is birth. From the birth of saints to the birth of stories, there are different types and aspects to birth that are explored in this gallery. Birth means a different thing to various people, for it can be a joyous event or it can be a solemn event. This view shows something of the character of people or a nation, and these pieces of art combine to tell a story of how the different characters of people respond to birth.

In this oil painting, there are a lot of things going on that cause much movement. However, the central focus of this piece is the man in the middle holding the newborn child. The window on the left even adds to this focus by shining sunlight onto the man and child. All the people have been waiting around for this child and they are all watching him with delight and joy. This piece definitely gives a happy, lighthearted, and joyous view of the birth of a child. One interesting aspect to this piece is that the mother is hidden in shadow in the background, showing that she is not the focus, only the child.
This piece is an old German birth certificate form the 1940s. It is decorated with flowers, vines and angels on either side. All of the detailing is symmetrical with varying flower patterns on the different sides, and is overall pleasing to the eye. These decorations make the piece joyful, showing that the birth of the child is a happy event. The flowers are all light colors, representing springtime and the beginning of new life. This piece is similar to the previous one in that both focus on the happiness of having the new baby.
This piece of the birth of St. Francis is a little bit more laid back than the first piece. The coloring overall is dull except for the women in the middle who are all looking adoringly at St. Francis. The woman holding him is not smiling, but clearly she is looking at him with a gaze of raw love, so she is probably the mother. This piece shows how simple of a birth this is, unlike the first piece where there was a crowd of people expecting the child. It shows birth to be an every day occurrence, and not something to have a big celebration over. However, at the same time, the child depicted is to do great things, so it also shows that even in humble births great things can be achieved by that child.
The growing room is an interesting piece about birth. In this work, an everyday room is depicted with green trees painted all over the surface of it. These lush green trees filled with life are meant to represent all the daily stories that are born in the room. Because this happens on a day to day basis, the trees multiply rapidly, showing the unending growth of life. This piece is so interesting because it reflects on the idea that birth is not necessarily bringing a child into the world but simply bringing about new life in any form.
This work of art is meant to show how important water is in the birth of new life and also the maintaining of that life. It does this by putting light on the face of this water god figure, which is known by the crown. So, the main focus of the piece is the water god breathing life into all the creatures of the earth that surround it. This work puts a new aspect to the birth of new life; water is what breathes life into creatures and allows them to be birthed into this world.
This work depicts birth a little differently than the first couple pieces. The central figure in this work is the widow Fuku. She is somewhat centered and crouched down from birth pains. An interesting aspect to note is that while the sorrowful figures in back as well as the twisted guard are wearing black, widow Fuku is wearing fairly bright colors. This fact leads me to believe that even though the circumstances are dark, despairing, and painful, there is a joy in being able to give birth to the child.
Like the previous piece, this work by Frida Kahlo is more sorrowful than the others. However, unlike the previous one, there is no joy to it. She miscarried her baby, and the child is depicted as still in her womb but also outside her body, only connected by the umbilical chord. This aspect must represent that the child is still part of her but not in her anymore. Even the moon cries for her loss. The piece also shows that the blood coming from her caused by the miscarriage goes to the earth, which then nourishes the plants and gives them life. So even though the birth of her child did not directly give life, it provided the aid necessary in bringing about another life. Although there is a pain of losing a child, there is something good that is brought about by it.
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