self

I wanted my collection of pieces to captured the essences of how a person views themselves; so naturally my theme is self-portraits. The art in this collection are pieces of the artist by the artist. I chose to do this because I find it very intriguing when someone creates art of themselves. It’s very interesting looking at a piece and seeing the way that each artist sees themselves. Some created just a bust with a straight face, while other depicted themselves in a middle of an action. I also chose to have only oil on canvas art in my collection. The order is based on the year it was created. This lineup starts with the oldest piece and ends with the newest created. The newest created is one of my favorites and I felt it was the best piece to end on. The piece is called Self-Portrait by Hyung Koo Kang. The piece is 1940cm by 2600cm and was created in 2000. The piece-like the others-is oil on canvas. This exemplifies my theme because the artwork shows Hyung Koo Kang and was painted by Hyung Koo Kang. The painting shows his face close up with a lot of tension. His face is scrunched up and almost looks as if he is about to cry. This contemporary piece was created in 2000 in the postmodern period. Hyung Koo Kang was born in Korea and this piece is used to bring awareness to Korea and it’s culture. In contrast the first piece in the lineup is called Self-portrait as the Allegory of Painting (La Pitture). It was created in 1638-9 by Artemisia Gentileschi. The time period is a big factor in the differences in the paintings. This piece was created in the Baroque era while the self-portrait by Hyung Koo Kang was created in the Postmodern period. This changes the way the artist used the oil paints and even how they are dressed in each painting. Hyung Koo Kang is shown shirtless in his self-portrait which isn't typical to see in the baroque period, but is in the postmodern period. Self-portrait as the Allegory of Painting (La Pitture) is wearing typical clothing for the Baroque era especially in her culture which is European. Even if Hyung Koo Kang’s portrait was painted in the Baroque period it is unlikely that he would have worn clothing like this in his painting. From what I have read the meanings behind both works is very different as well. Self-portrait as the Allegory of Painting (La Pitture) was created to fight that thought that painting is dumb. The women in the painting is meant to symbolize that painting is dumb while the techniques and detail in the oil painting combats that. The works tells me that the culture in Europe wasn't supportive of art at this time while the Korean culture in its time period praises art. 

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