A LOOK AT SOME FAMOUS ARTISTS & THEIR WORKS. CLAUDE MONET Bouquet of Sunflowers.
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This painting was done as oil on canvas in 1881. While looking at the painting, our eyes are drawn to the tallest sunflower in the vase. Many people feel happy or relaxed when looking at this impressionist piece of artwork. What stands out when you first see the artwork?
This is one of the most well known images in modern culture as well as being the most replicated. The use of swirling clouds with stars ablaze, holds our attention and keeps the sky moving as we follow the curves and dot-to-dot appearance of the stars. What object/objects capture your attention in painting?
The Potato Eaters is considered to be Van Gogh’s first great work of art. As you can see, five figures are sitting around a table eating potatoes. Although the painting is laced in darkness, the faces of the subjects are lit, allowing the viewer to feel their emotions. How does this painting make you feel?
The most well-known artwork O’Keeffe produced during her summer visits to New Mexico are the paintings of animal skulls. O’Keeffe was fascinated by the animal skulls she encountered while exploring the southwest landscape. What stands out most when you look at this artwork?
The Mona Lisa is a half-length portrait of a woman by Italian artist da Vinci. It is acclaimed as “the best known, the most visited, the most written about, and the most parodied work of art in the world.” The Mona Lisa is believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506. As you look at the painting, what attracts your eye?
The Last Supper is a 15th century mural painting by Leonarda da Vinci. It was completed sometime between 1495-1498. The painting represents the scene of the Last Supper of Jesus with His disciples. The mural was painted in a convent in Milan, Italy. What type of lines do you see? Any contrast? Has balance been incorporated?
This painting, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, depicts the miracle of Jesus calming the waves of the sea as told in the Gospel of Mark. Rembrandt used bible themes in many of his paintings. This was his only seascape. The painting was completed in 1633. It was stolen from a museum in Boston, Massachusetts in1990. What object in the painting captures your attention?What emotions do you feel when looking at this painting?
Rembrandt is not only known for his paintings, but for his etchings and drawings as well. An Elephant was drawn in 1637 using black chalk and charcoal. As you can see, Rembrandt’s technique shows depth, form, and texture of the animal. Can you think of another title for this drawing?
Pablo Picasso is a 20th century Spanish artist. He invented the art form of cubism. His paintings were not lifelike representations, but forms from many angles. His paintings look as though they have been broken into fragments and put back together in an abstract way. Look closely. Can you see the Weeping Woman?
This abstract still-life painting by Picasso called, Mandolin and Guitar, wascompleted in 1924. Can you see the “hidden” Medusa-like face? Some say the sound holes in the instruments are “eyes’ and the teeth are “barred” under the table. What do you see?