Crazy America, Mid to Late 1800s

Interesting artwork from America that present excellent unity, lines and movement.

Subject: A politician wins votes through discussion in Missouri. Analysis: This painting supports my theme because of the vertical and horizontal lines of the environment, the entire painting is unified around the subject so as not to distract and the movement is almost apparent by the politician's hands as he sways his possible voters.
Subject: The people in Maine pull Maple from trees just after the end of the Civil War. Analysis: This painting supports my theme because it was painted one year after the end of the Civil War. It also shows the curved slope of the landscape, shows movement of the people working, and the nature framing the people creates a unity to the image.
Subject: Civil War soldiers missing home as they gaze at a boiling pot. Analysis: Obviously this being painted during the Civil War supports my theme but in addition, the horizontal and vertical lines are very apparent from the tents and landscape. While everyone is standing still, the movement comes from the smoke and all elements are very unified so the focus is on the soldiers deep in thought.
Subject: Men listen to a storyteller aboard a raft. Analysis: This was during an era when unrest was abound just before the civil war. The lines are clear, yet soft because of the leaves and water. The movement comes from the boat going forward and the men all facing the storyteller while the background provides no distraction gives the image unity.
Subject: This painting depicts friends of the artist, leading a group of fugitive slaves to freedom during the winter. Analaysis: All lines are at a slope and the tracks in the snow are curved, the movement is appears to be everyone preparing for a journey, or taking a break, and the togetherness of their efforts shows the unity of this work.
Subject: Albert Post, a Second Lieutenant during the Civil War is painted at a camp. Analysis: This work supports my theme because of the excellent horizontal line from the background and angles of the tent. Also, the movement from the smoke going toward the subject and the unity of how everything looks as if it were set in a studio are all parts of my theme.
Subject: A Union soldier knits yarn as he tries to woo a woman in front of her chaperone. Analysis: This painting supports my theme because of it being a direct painting pertaining to the civil war. In addition, it has interesting lines from the outdoors, window, fireplace and floor. It also has movement of the soldier fidgeting with the yarn, the chaperone knitting and the woman apparently handling what appears to be a blue egg. The unity of all of the components supports the attention of everything being on the soldier.
Subject: A cavalry soldier has been shot and another soldier reaches out to grab control of the reigns of the wounded soldier's horse. Analysis: The movement in this one is the most interesting of all of my choices for this collection. The charging of the subject's horse heading right for the viewer, the near and apparent collision of the two horses and the man reeling from being shot are the subject movements of this image. The lines are the horizontal of the landscape and yet there's a single vertical tree right in the center. Everything seems to revolve around the chaos of war and the images all center around this common, unified theme.
Subject: The Red Legs force people from the area and their homes after the passing of Order No. 11 which demanded such action and the relinquishing of crops to the government. Analysis: This painting depicts a time during the Civil War. The lines are horizontal and vertical from the landscape in the background as well as the building to the left. The movement is tragic in that it shows the men harming civilians for resisting compliance of Order No. 11. The chaos is brings unity in the piece. Everyone is frantic and disappointed by what they're seeing, but in this, is a unified theme of dominance at the hands of the Red Legs .
Subject: Black men rest against a Union soldier's tent while the solder peeks out. Analysis: The movement in this piece is the most humorous to me as the viewer is given the impression that the soldier peeks out rapidly and looks around. The lines are simple with the horizon serving the upper third of the image and the tent climbs vertically to the right. The unity of this image is set fine by the resting men and resting horses which don't seem to be tied down. Then the unity is abruptly disrupted by the peeing soldier.
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