We are able to both ends of the space due to the mirror that he has chosen to include in the painting. This technique was very interesting at the time because it stimulated more of the viewer’s sense of space. The mirror evoked a feeling of being in the scene of the painting and witnessing it for yourself. "In its own way it was as new and revolutionary as Donatello's or Masaccio's work in Italy- Ernst Gombrich Van Eyck was a great oil painter and brought his paintings to life using a layering technique. Van Eyck would layer thin translucent layers of paint over and over again to build his objects.
The obsessive layering of oil paints by the artists was their way of creating accuracy and perfection. As modern day people have found, the pigments suspended in the oil paints, which have lasted until current years have slowly turned brown, and therefore have demanded attention in the form of cleaning. France C18-19- Adopting basically the same principle of painting, although lesser applied, Jean Siméon Chardin, a self taught artist situated in Paris acquired his acclaimed reputation as still life’s foremost artist. Self-taught, his thick, rather textured technique suited every middle and capital class (bourgeoisie (who made the French revolution and Impressionism)) household. Many pieces were minuscule, and all his pieces showed off his skills as an artist.
Girl Before a Mirror is a wonderful piece of art to evaluate because it is a complex and non traditional form of a vanity style painting. Its composition is smooth and well balanced in portraying the theme of mortality. Through his skillful use of visual elements, unique design, and iconography Picasso was able to accomplish his goal in making one contemplate life and the inner self. Girl Before a Mirror communicates the message that the vanities in which a woman, viewing herself in a mirror, sees herself not the way she looks, but through the clothing down to the flesh which holds the certain and saddening truth of inescapable aging and death.
Michelangelo did a brilliant job of manifesting a work of elegance, beauty, and one in which every character in the painting is expressive and has an emotional presence. To this day, the room where this painting is found continues to hold great significance to the Catholic Church, and it is even where they elect the new pope! An additional famous work of medieval art, actually the most famous painting in the world, is the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. It is an iconic painting that we use today for memes, costumes, and Snapchat filters. Though people love to make fun of this painting, to look at it from an artist’s perspective, one can see all of the little details that da Vinci took the time to paint.
The Mona Lisa 1503-1519 by Leonardo Da Vinci (Fig 1), The Scream 1893 by Edvard Munch (Fig 2) and the Weeping Woman with Handkerchief 1937 by Pablo Picasso (Fig 3) are some of the most recognizable pieces of art in the world. Is this owing to the fame of their maker or curiosity of the human mind or is it the story behind these paintings that make them famous? Even in today’s world pictures of the human body and the human face dominate everything we look at. It is no coincidence that many paintings have been overstated or been painted in a misleading way, they are painted in a way to exaggerate human emotion. The human form has obsessed the world’s greatest artist and over thousands of years humans have recreated the human form in art.
Once looking at the painting you find yourself looking into the eyes of the subject being painted and seeing another life with in the portrait. The eyes can almost be eerie as well as breathtaking at the same time. The painting produces richness and a feeling of royalty that people in the 21st century do not understand but yearn just the same. I was very impressed of the classic style of the painting and my own yearning to have the same richness and “classiness” as the lives that were portrayed in Vigee-LeBrun’s painting.
The mirrored background that lines the walls gives the painting an undefined background so the silhouetted figures stand out boldly in the mirror. I liked this painting because it shows the somewhat quiet of the normally busy Moulin Rouge. The way Lautrec contrasted the brightly painted woman and the redhead at the forefront of the painting with the blacks and browns of the background also attracted me. I also admired the way Lautrec maintained the spontaneity all through his work. My favourite painting of the two that I have talked about is 'At the Moulin Rouge' because I think that this one looks more difficult to paint than 'At the Circus Fernando' as it is in greater detail and most importantly I think it looks better.
The art piece is naturally very attractive and it has served as a major inspiration to the taste of the viewers, as well as painters during the epoch. This painting has thus resulted in a signification transformation of the quality and standards of paintings. The Mill was well acknowledged by connoisseurs and artists because of the lasting impression the painting projects to the viewer (Schama, 1999). The painting impels a romantic atmosphere through the scene that is depicted in the painting. In addition, the presence of the silhouette of the mill that is positioned against the turbulent sky imparts a dramatic effect that compels the viewer to further imagination.
Vivid color in Henri Matisse’s artworks Henri Matisse, one of modernist masters, is good at organizing color. When visiting to the museum, people are impressed by his abundant vivid color. Most of praises we’ve heard about him is “How can he painted like children”. Especially in his cut-outs, the artworks are filled of purity and simplicity. What is cut-outs?
It depicts his unique style influenced by techniques in his period; through it, he perfected his sfumato technique. The painting stands out due to its realistic perception; through the mastered skills and talent Da Vinci created a fascinating painting. The Mona Lisa depicts an image of an elegant woman with a calm yet haunting look on her face. The techniques used show a smile that seems to come from within; this is evident on her lips and in her eyes (UGDSB, 12). She is wearing a dark veil on her hair, and she is making eye contact with the viewer.