A Peek into Urban Life

Urban life has been a focus for artists for years.This gallery was created to focus on different artist's renditions on life within the city. From upper class luncheons and tourists to the metro and street signers, this gallery hopes to explore all aspects of city life.

Renoir's 'Luncheon of the Boating Party' represents the changes taking place in French society in the mid-late nineteenth century. The painting shows a wide variety of people from several different occupations and different classes joining together for a meal. This diverse group of characters reflects the modern Parisian society. The artist used oil paints on canvas and was painted in an impressionist style. The conversations between the subjects allows the viewer to move through the painting, almost as if they themselves are in the restaurant.
Rafael Benet's 'Tourists on the Rambla,' created in 1966, depicts urban life in Spain. The painting, which is oil paints on canvas, uses bright colors to allow the viewer to come to an understanding of joy and excitement. The painting depicts a scene of a crowded area, filled with people and tables. The street in the far ground of the painting draws the viewer's eyes towards the center of the painting and brings the viewer to focus on the two central characters.
'Fifth Avenue, New York,' by Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida is a painting created in 1911. The painting is a birdseye view of Fifth Avenue. The artist uses quick brushstrokes that cause the viewer to move through the piece. The quick brush strokes give the viewer a feeling of the quick pace Urban life. The use of shadows and lights further promotes the idea of a snap shot into the daily life of Fifth Avenue.
Domoto Insho's painting, 'Metro,' created in 1953, shows a scene of the Paris subway. The warm colors drastically conflict with the almost depressing sense the scene brings to the viewer. The characters are all quite close together, but also give the viewer a sense of extreme loneliness. It promotes the idea of the loneliness of the crowd. Insho shows how modern life has everyone keeping to themselves, going their own way,even if they are all intending to arrive in the same place.
Honore Daumier's 'The Third-Class Carriage' is an oil painting on canvas created around 1862-64. The artist uses simple lines to create extreme emotions. The viewer almost pities the characters in the painting. In the front, the Mother and child, the elderly woman, and the sleeping boy contrast the busy background scene. There is a peaceful calm, almost a tired calm, surrounding the front characters deeply contrasted by the busy conversations in the back of the carriage.
'The Street Singers,' created by Frederic Whitaker in 1949, is a watercolor depicting a scene from a much smaller town. Although created around the same time as previous works in this gallery, the viewer feels a much more communal vibe than of previous works. While the other paintings caused the viewers to feel the loneliness of the characters, The Street Singers leaves the viewer with a feeling of familiarity.
Barry McGee created this 'Untitled' piece of installation art in 2009 to celebrate San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's 75th Anniversary. The piece is filled with photos, paintings, and sketches placed together to represent the constant stimuli that the population of San Francisco meets daily. The piece uses a collage form of images to represent the business and noise in modern urban society.
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