I have chosen my favorite element, water. It intrigued me to see how beautifully and very differently represented it was in these five different pieces of art. I also wanted to shows the seductiveness of water no mater what season.I have also positioned them starting with the coldest picture eventually reaching the warmest. That is with color schemes and tonal quality. I also imagine it to be different seasons, starting with winter and ending with late summer. One thing I liked about this compilation is the ripples in the water, each piece has them but they are very distinct I question if the depth and vigor of the ripples give the tone of the scene and draw you to certain areas. What would these pieces look like without ripples? Would it have the same effect? Another aspect that links each piece is the subdued quality they give. Water is so beautiful and calming which is why I imagine it shows quite frequently in art throughout time.
In Winter by Vilhems Purvitis, the ripples are small and soft because the lake is mostly frozen over, the water is darker and mostly covered by snow, but perhaps where the sun shines through the gap in the trees is how the water stayed uncovered, Although this piece is a wintery landscape it doesn't make you feel cold. Purvitis beautifully depicted the sun shining through the cold winter clouds. You feel the sun instead of the coldness.
This is From the Latvian Art museum and provided no more information
In Ducks by Johans Valters, there are much heavier ripples, the water is dark but it must be a spring day. There is also a cool breeze which causes the smooth, glassy parts of the pond. This piece relates to Winter as I can imagine just sitting there quietly gazin g at the beautiful pond. Feeling the elements of spring like the soft wind moving your hair and the sun warming your skin
This is also from the Latvian gallery again with no further details
This piece , boys bathing by Johans Valters, to me is much later in the evening, the sun is about to set and its in the beginning months of summer. The water is a much warmer color then the previous two. The ripples here are much softer and are much more evident due to the light reflecting off of them. The light is much heavier in the left showing evidence of the setting sun. This also links to the first two paintings where one section of the water is drastically different, showing how nature affects water. A caption i found interesting in the details (see below) is that the figures almost loose their sense of being materialistic and become reflections themselves. Their soft lines and colors definitely add to the subdued quality.
here is a link to more information: http://www.googleartproject.com/collection/national-museum-latvia/artwork/boys-bathing-johans-valters/28430013/details/
With the darker title and imagery you would this would not fit into my description of a calming setting and warm feelings of the last few pieces of art. However, I truly think this is a calming and warm etching by Teodors Uders. The setting is a warm summer evening at dusk, this is the fist beach scene in out gallery. These ripples are the softest but they are still there just giving more evidence to the calmness, and warmness, If Uders had wanted this to be a dark painting the ocean would be much more fierce and the color would not seem as warm. I believe he wanted to depict death as calm and comforting me. Almost as if death would rather be walking out into the ocean than staying on land and living. He does not turn his head to look back just waves it off. I believe that is depicted in each piece in his gallery. You would so much rather be sitting there, ad the waters edge or being in the water then you would anywhere else .
no more extra details were given: http://www.googleartproject.com/collection/national-museum-latvia/artwork/death-teodors-uders/28415100/details/0-details/