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Social status can be represented in diverse works of art and in many different ways. It can be easily expressed through the depiction of things such as hard labor, clothing, toiling in a field, lounging carelessly, someone sitting before a great feast or in a fancy room in their grand house, or even by showing a direct contrast between the rich and the poor in the same work of art. Status in a work of art can also be represented through the artists' use of colors including chiaroscuro used not solely on the subjects but throughout the entire work of art. We have included a variety of artistic movements and time periods such as post-impressionism, Neoclassicism, the Baroque period. Oil was the medium used for most, if not all these paintings. Oil based paints are one of the easiest and best mediums an artist can use. It makes colors appear more rich and vibrant. It also has a longer drying period, this gives the artist more room for making changes as the work of art progresses. It makes blending colors as well as incorporating other mediums an option that artists didn't have before the discovery of oil based paints. The daily struggles of the poor, the leisure's of the rich and privileged and even the way the two opposite classes interact can be seen through the works of art we have chosen. These differences can be seen and felt in our modern cultures today. We can look at these works of art and feel the very true-to-life representation of the diversity between the upper and lower classes. We hope you can see and feel it as well as we discuss it in our presentation today.                             MW   DM

This is a religious work based on a story in the bible. Luke 16:19-31. This work is done in the painting style of Caravaggio. It is the first and only Caravaggist painting that represents the biblical parable of the rich man and Lazarus. There are many other paintings about this particular biblical story.It is not a very large painting. It has a height of 6.6 in. and a width of 8.17 in. The story tells of this poor man always laying at the gates of the rich mans house always begging for crumbs from the rich man's table. The rich man doesn't even think the poor man is worthy of his crumbs. The only faces we can really see are those of the rich man and the poor Lazarus. There is also much use of light and dark to show who the important people in the painting are. The dogs are there representing loyalty. But there is a question of who they are being loyal to, because the one dog is licking the wounds of poor Lazarus. We know exactly which man is the poor one because he barely has any clothes on and the look of despair on his face. The rich man is well dressed and his expression is more of possibly disgust and looks like he rather not be bothered, like he is too busy to stop and listen to the poor man. This story is all about morals. We do know that there was a strip added on for aesthetic purposes, which is currently in an exhibit trying to decide if they should remove it to bring it back to it's original size. KH
These kind of paintings and depictions were very common during this time. This is a large oil painting,actually history size.It is very obvious to see that the boy in rags is the poor person and the and the other two children come from a wealthy family. It is also more likely that the dog belongs to the wealthier children as it appears groomed and well taken care of. The father of these children, Sir Francis Ford was wealthy because of owning much land and many slaves. His family was well known as plantation owners for many generations. It can be interpreted that the children felt bad for the poor boy and gave him money or it was something they had seen done before, so it was a learned behavior. Or it could even just be a painting that their father had commissioned to make his family look better to other people. The painting clearly shows the social inequality that was happening at the time. As was customary at this time, you can see the little girl has a purse that she is pulling the coin from. That can also be interpreted as she made the decision on her own to give the beggar boy the coin out of charity. KH
A Pinch of Poverty by Thomas Benjamin Kennington is an oil painting of a family in poverty in the 19th century. The dull colors and rainy weather are used to show the sadness of these people. Their eyes look sad and empty showing a lost hope. The mother and boys are sitting against a fence which look similar to prison bars, as to show they were born poor and are trapped in poverty. The little girl is giving out or selling flowers, which is the only positive and more colorful part of this painting. This can show that the little girl might have a future that is not poverty. AA
The portrait of Manuel Tolsa is an oil painting by Rafael Ximeno y Planes. It is a Neoclassical painting that depicts a wealthy man. Tolsa was a well known architect and sculptor who worked in Mexico and Spain. In the three quarter portrait, he is wearing a silk gold colored jacket, sitting legs crossed on an expensive red chair. His clothing and demeanor show wealth and class. Tolsa is shown in light colors in contrast to the very dark background. Under his arm, he is holding a sculpture which alludes to his profession. AA
This picture clearly depicts what the rich and the privileged would be doing on a Sunday afternoon at this particular period of time. Georges Seurat was a Post-impressionist artist, who used a method of painting called "pointillism". This is where the artists choice of color, brushstroke, and each spot of color, are all done in a very deliberate way. I feel this painting represents the upper class because everyone is dressed so beautifully and in such vibrant colors. They are all relaxing in the grass or strolling around very leisurely, as if none of them have a care in the world. There are dogs playing in the grass and one women appears to have a pet monkey. People are out on boats sailing and even a crew team rowing out on the river. A little known fun fact about this particular painting, it can be seen in the movie "ferris Buellers's Day Off". Cameron in fact is staring at it in the museum and he zones in on the little girl in the white hat. DM
Peasants' houses from 1887 is an oil painting on canvas created by Camille Pissarro. Pissarro was a Dutch-French painter from the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist movements. While doing this painting, Pissarro switched up his style to pointillism to mirror the style of the earlier Georges Seurat. The pointillist style of painting is tiny dots forming together into an image. This image being the house surrounded by the beautiful nature. While the house looks as if it was made for the rich, a poor woman stands hunched over next to the gate. The book-bag on her back and the way she is leaned over shows the hard work and struggle she must endure on a daily basis. This also making the work of art a genre painting. The use of colors like greys and brown allow her to stand out from all the breathtaking nature surrounding her. The combination of pastel pink and light blue in the green grass give the image of a perfect garden. The shadow cast in the bottom right-hand corner was purposely naive, this later being an important innovation for younger post-impressionists like Gaugin and Cezanne. MW
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