Chase's Gallery

Enclosed in this gallery is a collection of artworks that catch my attention as thought-provoking. The piece can show a particular message or change how I think about something.

This painting gives off a very cold sensation. The trees are blossoming, symbolizing Spring, but the almost-monochromatic element of the work with blue makes it feel like a winter scene. The lights give off some warmth, but not much. The scene glows with these lights, suggesting that it is night.
Although this artwork is named with the word "dancing," it was easy for me to infer that because of her wavy clothing. The head is tilted playfully, and her legs appear to me in a skipping motion.
The way the rocks seem to curl around the frame of the picture lead the eye to the center, where there is a formation in the distance. Some of the rocks also seem like fingers pointing to it. This location might have inspirational value to the artist.
Mirrors cover this structure, and it makes me think of how light can be twisted and refracted, just as the structure itself does. Knowing that it can also fold up like paper, it adds to the "bending" theme.
Before looking at the written details of this egg, I postulated that the inscriptions talked about life or religion, and I was right!  What better place to speak of resurrection than on where life comes from?
The title of this artwork suggests what the elements represent in this painting. If time is the theme, it prompts me to look for time-sensitive elements. The two children are the most obvious. Do they represent the past and future? The fact that they look through the doors back at each other could be a variety of things, including how one often looks forward to the future or looks back at the past.
Society relies so heavily on specialization of production and trade. This may have been the message that was conveyed in this artwork. In the center, a Spaniard and native appear to be working out a trade. The overall scene is lively with all the people that are included, which contributes to the "society is thriving" theme.
This candlestick is almost made entirely of humanoids, and it's 100% made of living things (not literally, the material is metal). Regarding the writing which speaks of its origin, this candlestick may have represented the birth of life in accordance to a religion.
I've never before seen skulls with jewelry added to it. I thought they could only be painted. An interesting new face is created from the added material. The eyes are more defined, and the image on the forehead likely represented someone important if not the god of fire.
I've seen similar craftsmanship with wood, and both are fantastic. This first thought that comes to my mind is, "How did they get the smaller shapes inside?" It is in fact impossible; these artworks are created with the ivory already inside. Assuming it takes as much time as the wood pieces I've seen, it takes an incredible amount of time. 
This jewel box has an obvious tie to royalty due to its ornate structure and pictures of royal figures. One interesting point is the person in the middle gesturing for silence. I'm not sure why this gesture is included, but its contrast with the other figures makes me think the artist meant something by this.
There are two apparent foci that I recognize in this painting. The first is where there seems to be the most color. This place also has many people together. Their purpose there is unclear, but it contrasts with the other focus, which is the man closest to the foreground. He's a dark figure that lacks color, alone from the rest of the people. Among the rainy streets of this town, the artist may have wanted to express it's better to live with others to send and receive support rather than be alone in the gloomy atmosphere.
This coin shows the typical expression of a ruler's power. The king and queen on the one side are shown with ornate clothing and jewelry. The reverse side shows one of the gods that they worship, implying that the god supports the rulers.
This sword caught my attention because of the faces that are featured about the hilt. These faces make me think of the souls that the sword has "taken" due to the owner's ability to kill his enemies. It looks as if the faces serve as a kill count, intimidating the enemies as well.
This bowl gives off an excited energy with mixed feelings. The masks inside the bowl feature different expressions and different figures. The emotions expressed are mainly excitement and alertness because of the big smiles and bulging eyes.
In my studies of lucid dreaming, there was talk of using a n image of a lotus to focus your thoughts on your awareness so that lucidity can become easier to you. This bowl looks somewhat like a lotus, and it has dream-like characteristics. It bends the light about the glass to make several colors, and the bowl itself contrasts itself from the dark background, which reminds me of night. The symmetrical design promotes the idea of focus, and the very center shows many lines pointing to the center.
This artwork creates a sense of freedom within me. Although the trees are the focus of the painting, the wide sky and the portrayed distance between the foreground and background show a lot of physical space. The land and river are painted with long brush strokes, illustrating a flow of the freedom expressed.
Back in 1862, little was known about the sea. There was always some knowledge of it, like the reefs in shallow areas, but the limitation of technology kept people from learning more about the sea’s deeper zones. This artwork captures this mystery. The foreground shows vivid colors of the coral, but as the viewer looks back into the distant background, the water becomes clouded and the color becomes duller. Detail must be limited on the background since little is known about the depths (at the time). The artist may have painted this to provoke others into exploring the sea. Perhaps recent exploration of the sea encouraged the artist to create this painting. The artist hinted at the discoveries still to be made by including the fish on the left side of the painting. Again, little detail is included on them, suggesting that this school of fish is yet to be discovered. All that needs to occur is curiosity to find it. To date there has been many discoveries about the sea, but we still know very little of it. The deepest part of the oceans called the Abyss is still shrouded with mystery. I chose this piece because it contrasted from most painted works: most artists illustrated something above sea level rather than under it. Its date made me conclude that the artist had a special fascination with the sea, and I was curious to see what detail he included.
The artist extends the definition of the "still life" by adding his own twist. From a distance, this may look like a collection of fruits, but the rigid contours of the shapes suggest that these objects are actually life-less rocks.
Impressionism is my favorite art movement, and this is my favorite artwork within that movement. The use of light and flow in the sky shows an energy that Van Gogh saw in the sky.
The Arabic alphabet is one of the fanciest looking alphabets. It features long lines and smooth curves, and naturally looks like calligraphy. This piece takes a step further by creating what almost looks like sheet music. I'd be very interested to know what the writing actually says.
As the name of the artifact suggests, the gold disk on the chariot was the sun, and by extension a possible representation of several things. It could represent Apollo. Considering this was found in Denmark, it is very unlikely. Within the disk is a collection of smaller circles, and within those circles, more and so on. This may have been used to count the days to an event, or it was perhaps a simple calendar.
This piece was likely made for advertisement. Since the piece is made of cotton, the elements carry a specific impression on the viewer. The scroll that repeats has an apparent texture to it.
One interesting aspect of this artwork is how HUGE it is. It's over 180 feet long by 40 feet. The artists seemed to want to capture the vastness of the mountains by making the actual artwork enormous.
This artwork appears non-objective, although perhaps the blue figure is what the focus is. There is a sharp contrast between the background and the dripping blue mass which gives out a lot of energy. The multiple vertical lines also suggest energy. However, there is a contradiction: The blue, without energy, was dripped down the red.
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