Deconstructing Art

I like looking at art on the surface level but for me by learning about the history of the piece I find a new appreciation behind it.

This decorative vase represents art for delight. Although the vase has a function the painting on it is purely meant for beauty. Subjects in this category are meant to bring an awareness of beauty to the viewer. Beauty is seen differently throughout cultures but to generalize the term it means balance and precision. I chose this piece because it is perfectly symmetric as well as elegant. The pink rubies are welcoming and eye-catching and with the soft undertones of the gold I find this vase beautiful. Looking underneath the paint the base of the bowl is a sphere which represents balance because every direction from the center is equal lengths. The symmetry also is found in the neck of the vase. The Huqqa Reservoir may not be everyone’s taste but we can all appreciate the precision in this piece.
Even though I find this piece beautiful I have chosen it to fulfill the category of art as commentary. This category is meant to express opinions on certain topic. I found this painting because it is a representation of the social life in the late 1870’s. The image is of a girl dressed in a ball gown with well-polished hair and makeup sitting in front of a mirror at an opera house in Paris. This art work is an impressionistic view of the Paris nightlife. Painted with little details this piece still gets the point across of representing a certain event.
Art in religion is meant to be used as tools of worship such as you would pray to Jesus on a cross. With art in worship and rituals being prevalent in art I had a plethora of options to choose from. I particularly chose this one because of the message behind it. The statue is of Madonna and her child which is used to be placed on non-religious buildings in order to protect them from evils. What I love most about this statue is that it’s made out of an uncommon medium. This statue is carved out of wood. I love the combination of the natural medium with a supernatural design it’s a way to connect earth with the heavens.
This next piece of art represents the category of art for commemoration. Some pieces of art are used as a way to capture a memory. This painting captures the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. I find this painting haunting but in a good way. The monochromatic scheme of the painting portrays the gloomy feeling of this memorial. The impressionist style also helps establish that this piece is a memory; such as most memories are fuzzy in our thoughts. On the subjects of the painting, I like how there’s more people walking than on the ground which shows that there were numerous survivors so that gives of a hopeful feeling which also occurs because the painter uses a good contrast of light and dark.
Like most pieces of art, they can fall into more than one category. Although this is clearly a religious piece I chose this one for the art for persuasion. Art for persuasion is especially used today in advertisements but even centuries ago it was used to convince the viewer of an idea. This painting is shocking and weird and creepy but I love it. It’s so intriguing. It all centers around the saint sitting under the tree. He’s reading the testament while the head on the ground is sending out little demons. The moral of this painting is that temptations are all around us but we need to be strong and resist them as shown by the dark tones around the devil’s head and the light tones around the saint.
Art as self-expression doesn’t necessarily mean self-portraits; it is art the conveys the artist’s own views. But here I chose this self-portrait because Jefferys captured the essence of himself. I find this piece really interesting because we rarely see the back of our heads but that is what he chose to draw of himself. I find it impressive that when you zoom in on the drawing you can clearly read what he was writing. This letter also shows a reflection on himself because he states that he was gifted in painting, etc. The brown lines of the pen are elegant and precise. I really like that he chose this scene to represent himself.
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