The Work Of Art By Martin Johnson Heade, Oskar Kokoschka, And Van Gogh

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Often times when we view paintings, we are left with emotions that we omitted by the scenes depicted by the artists. There are even paintings that tell stories to those who are viewing them through the scene featured within the painting. Artists Martin Johnson Heade, Oskar Kokoschka, and Vincent Van Gogh painted scenes that provide emotional experiences to all those who view their paintings. In order to determine why individuals associate emotional qualities to paintings, we must first use examples such as Heade’s Approaching Storm: Beach Near Newport, Kokoschka’s The Tempest, and Van Gogh’s The Artist’s Room at Arles and common conceptions for expressiveness in works of art to explain why. Artist Martin Johnson Heade created his piece Approaching Storm: Beach Near Newport, in the year 1861. The scene depicted in the painting is of a shoreline during a storm, which gives off the feeling of various darker emotions. The best conception to use while assessing Heade’s painting would be “a work of art is/expresses X – where ‘X’ is an emotion term – because it typically evokes a proto-emotion version of X”. This thought essentially means that we associate some aspects of art with certain events, that are also commonly associated with certain emotions. Also, there are emotions within art called “proto emotions”, which are emotions not tied to objects or true events, that are experienced in response to viewing painting. These “proto emotions” are difference from the emotions we feel in everyday life due to everyday situations. While viewing Approaching Storm: Beach Near Newport, it is evident to the audience that the painting itself is of an intensely gloomy nature due to the impending storm stirring and the darkness of the sky. Stor... ... middle of paper ... ...ional qualities to paintings. First off with Martin Johnson Heade’s painting Approaching Storm: Beach Near Newport, used the conception that individuals associate aspects of art with certain events that are also commonly associated with common emotions. Secondly artist Oskar Kokoschka’s painting The Tempest, used the conception that what is expressed in artwork including emotions may also include emotional views, values, and stories. Thirdly artist Vincent Van Gogh’s painting The Artist’s Room at Arles, used the same conception as Heade’s painting by creating emotions that are commonly associated with certain events and locations. To conclude, there are many reasons as to why humans associate emotions with pieces of artwork whether the emotions being purposefully evoked by the artists to emotions being evoked by events that humans experience throughout everyday life.

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