Death's Sorrow - (Kira katz)

This is a gallery of assorted images depicting the different interpretations of death by separate artists. Many people spend time pondering their own mortality, but through their work these artists have found ways to show how they view death, thus giving us a look at a very morbid subject through their eyes.

The visual theme for this photo is spatial perspective, and color. Jean Morin’s Memento Mori is an image he created to remind people of death. He describes the clock as a compassionless road of time. The flowers are reminding us of the brief beauty we once had. The skull is denoting what we would look like after death. The colors he chose were all neutral and dark, to show his outlook of death.
Woo’s Skull painting shows a ride ranges of color, line techniques, space. and rhythm. He used a darker background, with brighter colors and painted in masses. Here he depicts decaying flowers melting into each other signifying that life dies everywhere in this world, and none of it is cherished.
Lovers Surprised by Death, shows many different elements including, texture, movement, and love. You can see the texture and detail he adds into the walls. This print was created to apprise people that no one is chosen for death because death comes to all. It also indicates that death takes your loved ones and you cannot escape it.
Millais created a painting to tell a story. Visual theme inspiration shows color, and spatial perspective and subject based theme illustrates love, and nature. This painting is showing a husband and father, leaving his family to find food and shelter, while the mother is caring for her child, where as the dog is unsure of which party to go with and keep safe.
Delacroix, Death of Lara hovering over a soldier who could have been her lover. He is lying on the ground with wounds all over his body, assuming he has passed away. Lara, is also wounded by an arrow that hit her and she is also on dying. Delacroix used great detail, space, color and contrast in this image.
The scream is a famous painting, by Evard Munch. He uses color, line and emphasis in the painting. Munch is describing the emotion he felt when he went for a walk on a bridge with his friends, after viewing the sunset. He used more definition in the mouth and eyes to elaborate how surprised he was from his anxiety, because he was unsure why it began at that point in time.
The Deluge is interpreted to be the explanation of Noah’s ark. The elements that are shown in this are shape and color, shapes show an illusion of movement, and the color defines water texture. In the painting, you can see the people and animals rushing for the boat to find safety from the intense storm. On the left corner, you can also see an angel crying because of her grief over the death of a young boy who could not be saved.
Kiss of a death clearly shows pattern, shapes and color. It is clear that he uses different shapes to create a pattern, and uses color to distinguish between each shape to show expressionism. Kubista’s piece seems like it is explaining our marriage vows, til death do us part. We do not leave each other sides, even after death, because we are vowed as a whole.
Visual theme inspiration includes perspective, and movement. Subject based inspiration includes music. Self Portrait with Death Playing the Fiddle illustrates how the artist, Bocklin, viewed death constantly. Death is playing the fiddle, while the self portrait of the man stops painting and just holds his paint brush while he is thinking of death.
Orozco’s Head Pierced with arrows is illustrating the pain and the horrible things that army men had went through while being a apart of the Spanish Conquest. The image shows a hue of darker colors ranging from blues, grays and blacks. It does not include many descriptive pictures so that the viewers focus on unpleasant realism of the scene.
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