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Chapt 2 What is Art?
Edward Weston, Cabbage Leaf, 1931
Beauty of pure form
Bellini, Piet, c. 1500-05
Traditional Concept of beauty conveyed by color and harmonious shapes
Goya, Chronos Devouring One of His Children, 1820-22
Compelling visual power & urgent message, but not traditionally "beautiful."
Goya, Chronos Devouring One of His Children, 1820-22 - Edward Weston, Cabbage Leaf, 1931 - Bellini, Pieta, c. 1500-05
Outsider/Folk Art Work
Samuel Hampton, Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations' Millenium General Assembly, 1950-64.
Artwork by non-professionals
Realistic, naturalistic, resembles forms in the natural world, "window on the world."
Respresentational Art Work
Degas, Nude Woman Having her Hair Combed, c. 1886-88 - Duane Hanson, Housepainter III, 1984/1988. - Pablo Picasso, First Communion, 1895-96
"fool the eye"
distorts, exaggerates or simplifies the natural world to provide essence or universal meaning
Abstract Art Work
Louise Bourgeois, Woman with Packages, 1949. - Picasso, Seated Woman Holding a Fan, 1908 - Susan Rothenberg, Maggie's Ponytail, 1993-4.)
Semi-realistic art that has a pre-set way of depicting the world
Stylized Art Work
Hathor & Sety, Detail, Tomb of Sety I, c. 1300 B.C.E. - Utamaro, Hairdressing, Japanese, 1798-99
Contains no realistic images
Nonrepresentational/Nonobjective Art Work
Kandinsky, Composition IX, 1936
Art and Ritual
Art and Ritual Art Work
Navajo man creating a sand painting - Joseph Beuys, How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare, 1965
Work created for a specific space to be entered, explored, experienced and reflected upon.
Installation Art Work
Ann Hamilton, Mantle, 1998
Media, style, composition - the way a work looks
Materials used, oil paint, watercolor, marble, etc.)
Constant, recurring or coherent traits or characteristics of an artist or a period of art - labeled after they develop.
Style Art Work
Van Gogh's style was thick layers of paint- impasto; swirling brushstrokes
The organization of Design Elements & Principles - Use of triangles, abstract shapes, muted colors
Composition Art Work
Matisse, Music Lesson, 1916.
Subject matter, message, iconography - what the work says, incl
Content Art Work
Matisse, Music Lesson, 1917
Matisse, Music Lesson, 1917 - Music lesson is a time of family togetherness
Matisse, Music Lesson, 1917 - Subject is a music lesson.
The story, including symbols or references, people, events, etc.' The explanation of the meaning of the artwork. Requires knowledge of the specific time, beliefs or culture of the artwork.
Iconography Art Work
Jan Van Eyck, Arnolfini Double Portrait, 1434 - Juan de Valdes Leal, Vanitas, 1660 - Audrey Flack, Wheel of Fortune 1977-78