Unnatural Naturalism

       Juan Reyes/Art3500- Let this gallery be a surprise guest to the common human desire to be scared of death. Come and meet death as it would like treat you like a lifelong friend. If death be an expected guest then let it be as dark as the color black. If death be a surprise guest then let it greet unannounced at the point when we are least suspecting it like when the common cupbearer pours a drink of wine for the King.  Enjoy these themes of dark chaos and perhaps even a rush of excitement. Let us think about our own well being as we try to be inspired in our everyday lives. Let us think about the feeling of well dying while we lie in a surreal box hearing the sound of our blood circulation. Death is all around us. We make a trip to the store on a rainy day and we must pay for the rate of the rising food prices of contaminated food. We must use machines and that check us out without the need of human labor. The corporations profit, and out go the local businesses, while owners ask how customer loyalty is affected today. Employees are asking how much longer will their services be needed simultaneously managing the emotions of their personal life in the workplace. The mitigation of human labor and workers right's continue. Internet use increases while the simple practices of life decompose. This is Death.

This piece was painted in the coal mining district by post impressionist Vincet Van Gogh, perhaps realism is included in this painting, on 1885. A humble peasant life of potatoes and bread on the table. Industrialization makes its way to the workplace and to the Rooij home. Not one model was used in the making of this painting. This was inspired in a laborer's home. The hands used to serve and cut the food are probably the same hands that were used to grow it. Notice how the colors compare to one another and the only source of light being the candle in the middle of the table. Also in the middle is the unseen face of the young daughter. Perhaps she will slowly move away from this stray scene. This seems to be a moment of silent as everyone face's is full of mostly blank expressions. Vincent van Gogh added a cross on the wall to this already spiritual painting. Looking at this painting and at these faces brings an idea of injustice.
The post impressionist, Edvard Munch, drew death in the sickroom some years after his sister's, Johanne Sophie , tuberculosis death. This work shows his psychological understanding of death, disease, and madness. Through this work and the ones before it of his sisters death, The Sick Child, we can see how his memory of his sisters death haunts his life years after and perhaps even his family as they have all seem to have grown with this problem in mind. They are all depicted as they have aged. Notice the position of his family members and the isolation that death brings. We can't see Sophie dying but we can still feel it.
Loving Woman, or Madonna, is a painting by the famous Edvard Munch in 1894. The colors and curves make suggestions of art nouveau. This is an apotheosis painting of woman, Dagny Juel-Przbyszewsk, and perhaps reflecting on the issues of a woman's social role and sexual power. This definitely represent all woman. The woman is seen as a concept of beauty as we see the halo above her head and the color swirls in the background. She is also see as a sexual power. The red in the halo matches that of the color of her lips, nipples and belly button. This painting is part of the Edvard Munch Frieze of Life series that was included with some of his other works. This painting touches on the concept of the spiritual meaning of a woman as well as her physical beauty. This includes intercourse, life, procreation and eventualy death. The lithograph version of this painting includes a sperm swirling on a red border with what is a baby or a yet to be born baby haunting the bottom left corner of the page.
A work by symbolist painter Hugo Simberg. Can Death bring about lessons of renewal? "The place where the dead end up before going to Heaven." - Simberg
This is a lithograph created by George Bellows. In the center of this picture is a man on a death bed. The people in the back room with him are sad of the death and are sending their best. In the front room, which takes up a great deal of space, is a group of people who are smiling and are in grief in a different way. Perhaps remembering the good times that they have had with the dead one. On the other hand, they could be trying to compensate the death with laughter as a defense mechanism or they might just have had a drink. The one man with his hand raised stands out and could perhaps be Punchinello, a mid 17 century work, meaning a comical-looking person.
This is another great painting of Edvard Munch. These include themes of love and passion, innocence, and the consequences of love. We can read this painting across as we can see a woman in white, with a dress as bright as the moon, close to a flower on the floor and what seems to be an attempt to reach for it. The couple dancing happily in the background as well. The center piece of the two people intertwined together. Moving to the right of the painting which represents the death of the two partners. To the right a woman in all black, is she alone now? It's all must be a cycle. This can perhaps represent Edvard old girl friend who had lust for him but he has refused her. She would later shoot his finger and putting a further distance on their relationship.
This is a, contemporary painting, painting by Munch of a scorch of emotional sound. This is a painting of chaos and of life. At this location Munch's sister is hospitalized in an asylum nearby. Munch has dealt with some insanity himself. The colors are not of this world. The colors are harsh as if the nature around him is hearing his scream or vice versa. The two figures in the background are friends of Munch. This was a walk with friends. Nevertheless, they are a distance away from him. There are many curves that we don't really see in much of his works. The nature of they sky seems unnatural.
This is and art, an oil on canvas, by Gustav Klimt. There are two major parts here, life and death. Life is represented by people of all ages in rounded colors. The ongoing cycle of what life is and includes a woman holding a child, and older woman,and a man embracing a woman. On the darker side is the reaper. His presence will always be next to life's cycles.
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