Exposed emotion

Exploring how artists capture the seriousness or sadness of a particular moment through various mediums ultimately lacking color, such as photographs, drawings, paintings, and sculptures.

Adolphe or the Sad Young Man (Adolphe ou le jeune homme triste), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1894, From the collection of: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
There doesn't have to be much detail to the drawing to express a particular emotion. Here, the rough, organic lines brings a rawness to the drawing. You can feel his sadness in his movement, which is seen by the lifting of his coattail; his head is hung low and his shoulders are slouching.
Death of a peasant, Henry Lamb, 1911, From the collection of: Te Papa
The color here is very neutral, but it depicts life & death. The man is a peach, healthy color, and the peasant looks lifeless, matching the color of the bed. There is extreme sadness in the way his hand is clenching a hankerchief, his eyes are squeezing shut and mouth is tightly locked.
Grief by Josep Llimona, Valentí Fargnoli, 1913, From the collection of: Rafael Masó Foundation
The sculpture evokes grief in a very exposed way. From the nakedness of his body, to the body language (which expresses grief without showing any facial expressions). The man looks helpless by the way he's slung over the stone.
Je t'adore a l'egal de la voute nocturne. O vase de tristesse, o grande taciturne (I adore you as I adore the vault of the night sky, O vessel of sadness, O tall silent woman), Odilon Redon, 1890, From the collection of: National Gallery of Art, Washington DC
There are different drawing patterns to separate the different pieces of the body. A headpiece, hair, neck and face. Emphasis is placed on the face by the way he is looking away.
The Grief, Vasiliev Valerian Romanovitch, 1970/1970, From the collection of: The National Art Museum of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
There is much contrast to bring out the features of the face. The way that the face is drawn, everything looks droopy and elongated, which depicts the sadness, almost quite literally. There's no embellishments, no hair, no jewelry, just emphasis on the face.
Ellen Terry at Age Sixteen, Julia Margaret Cameron (British, born India, 1815 - 1879), negative 1864; print about 1875, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
Here you see the emotion through her body language. The way she's leaning against the wall, as if the heavy moment is weighing her down. The way she's grasping her necklace leads me to believe it plays a role as well. The warm sepia tones and the sunlight make it feel as though there is hope.
Old Woman Mourning - Yuki, Edward Sheriff Curtis, 1924, From the collection of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
There is texture to this photograph, from the hair, to the clothing, the aging face. Reveals a life lived, and a lifetime of emotions felt. Here the photographer captured her mourning state by the way she is looking down and her hand holding her head.
Desolation, Francisco Arturo Marín, 1954, From the collection of: Museo Nacional de Arte
The positioning of the characters portray a sorrowful moment, through the distraught expression, to the bowed head, and the arms grasped around the body and the head.
Double Portrait of the Artist's Daughters, Adolf von Hildebrand, 1889, From the collection of: The J. Paul Getty Museum
You can't help but feel the serious essence of this sculpture. From face to the gripping of the older girl's hands around the younger girl. The similarity in clothing and hair brings a togetherness, a bond that they share.
This photograph reveals this woman in a raw and vulnerable way; from the tattoos (personal) to her nakedness. The lack of color draws the focus to her far away gaze, pouting lips, and the cigarette.
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